Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA), has reduced the duration for the presentation of registered statutory title documents for approval, declaring that “Henceforth, the grace period between the time of obtaining provisional building approval, based on the presentation of proof of Land ownership documents, and the presentation of Registered Statutory Documents for final approval has been reduced from two years to nine months”.
The reduction in the duration of the processing period, according to the General Manager of LASPPPA, Tpl. Kehinde Osinaike, became necessary in order to address the rate of non-compliance with the of terms of agreement guiding the presentation of registered Statutory Title Documents for Approval as well as the level of abuse by members of the public.
He explained that LASPPPA has over the years observed that 99% of applicants granted provisional permits based on possession and submission of Proof of Land Ownership, other than Registered Land Titles statutorily stipulated for the procurement of (Final Building Plans), do not return to the Authority with their title documents to obtain final Planning Permit Approvals.
His words: “Apart from the reduction in the processing period, a maximum of three months grace has been approved for all applicants with pending provisional permits that are yet to be finalised, to present their titled documents to LASPPPA and obtain their final approvals within the period or have their provisional permits withdrawn”.
Tpl. Osinaike added that applicants with Provisional Permits that have elapsed the two-year stipulated period are advised to approach LASPPPA District Offices in the area where the building is located with their title documents or the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority, Oba Akinjobi Way, Ikeja.
He urged owners and developers in the State to build responsibly and comply with the new notice, stressing that the State Government appreciates voluntary, rather than forceful compliance.