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The most commonly marketed plots in and around Chennai include Panchayat, CMDA and DTCP approved plots. There are numerous questions on the layouts approved by nodal authorities or town planning authorities.

The commonly marketed layouts which do not have approval are often marketed as Panchayat approved lands. This terminology has been unofficially associated with layouts which are unapproved by town planning authority (e.g. DTCP) or nodal authority (e.g. CMDA). If you had not read about how Panchayat approval is illegal unapproved layout, you can read about it.

The Directorate of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) is responsible for carrying out developmental activities on land and buildings in Tamil Nadu with the exception of municipal areas in Chennai. The area within the Chennai Corporation comes under the nodal authority CMDA (formerly MMDA). The approval from DTCP or CMDA carry the benefit of owning a land which can be used for the specific purpose that is designated by the planning authority. The approval process involves time and cost which are often the main reasons due to which many developers prefer to sell unapproved layouts. The state government allows approval of such unapproved plots by floating schemes which offer regularization against a fixed fee. The approval process can also be initiated by contacting the respective planning authorities without the special schemes but is often not an easy process for individuals. The State Government is planning for such a scheme in Tamil Nadu and the details can be found in the article titled “Get approval for unapproved plots in Chennai”.

The application for regularization often includes fees titled as penalization charges which will consider the total plot area. The penalization charges include betterment charges and development charges. Since this approval causes reduction in open spaces within the city, a fee called OSR (Open Space Reservation) charge is levied.

The major benefit of getting approval from DTCP or CMDA is the entitlement to get building approval. This can be an assurance that the building cannot be demolished without proper procedure laid out for approved layouts. The demolition of buildings constructed on approved land is quite uncommon and is often discouraged, without strong justification, by the legal system.  These benefits are unavailable for unapproved layouts. The property value will also increase substantially if approval is sought and this will increase the resale value. The scope of transparency in transaction is increased and resale is also easier. Banks will only be able to fund building construction or renovation when the land is approved. Banks might also not allow or provide loans for residential construction on nanjai/punjai land or agricultural land.

The disadvantages of owning unapproved land are numerous. The penalty levied increases with the length of period for which the unapproved plot is owned including the period prior to the execution of sale deed. It is often considered illegal to provide water and sewer connections to such buildings constructed on unapproved land. As building plan approval will not be provided for such unapproved plots, possibility of demolition of such buildings cannot be discounted.


0 #83 Sabi 2017-05-25 13:54
Hi Sir,
A person selling 817sq feet patta land near Avadi but not CMDA approved land..can u advice is that okay to purchase that land?V have a plan to build a home in future.
+1 #82 Krishna 2017-05-07 02:34
Hi Saranya,

Where is the property located?

Quoting saranyamanoharan:
Hi Sir,
Shall we buy DTCP layout approval but Panjayat Approval flats. Please post your suggestions

-1 #81 saranyamanoharan 2017-05-03 13:57
Hi Sir,
Shall we buy DTCP layout approval but Panjayat Approval flats. Please post your suggestions

+2 #80 a.g.balamurallirao 2016-12-05 22:22
[quote name="Krishna"] Hi Roshan,

It is not possible to get dtcp approval for panchayat approved land.
0 #79 Santhosh B 2016-07-21 22:16
Dear Sir,

Thanks for the response. The plot I have purchased is in karumbakkam village located at OMR to Chengalpet road (12kms from Thiruporur).

Is panchyat land approved in this area?
0 #78 Krishna 2016-07-19 23:17
Hi Santhosh,

Plot approval is different from housing approval. You will need housing approval in future when you plan to build a house.

Moreover, panchayat land is not really an approved land except in some areas.

Thanks and Regards,
0 #77 Santhosh B 2016-07-19 14:00
Dear sir,

I have purchased a 600 square feet plot in karumbakkam village located in OMR to Chengalpet road (12kms from Thiruporur).

It is only panjayat approved. Is there in any risk in that?

If I want to construct home in future, should I get any separate approval? Please advise on this.

Santhosh B.
0 #76 bhakasar 2016-06-01 09:05

then how come these panchyathi layouts lands selling and doing registration at register office what basic.

there only govt can stop these type of issue instead allow to people to do cheat public
+4 #75 Shanky 2016-05-13 11:30
Why the Government is allowing to sell "Panchayat approved plots". Instead of regularizing and penalizing they should not allow to sell such plots and penalizing the promoters.
0 #74 Krishna 2016-04-13 17:36
Hi Ashton,

Have you checked the layout approval plan?

Thanks and regards,

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