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Posted by Sasi Kumar on July 5, 2022

DTCP-Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP)

Many would have not heard this term, DTCP. The abbreviation is Department of Town and Country Planning. Building projects in a certain area require approval from several neighborhood organizations. One such regional organization is the Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP). To conduct any construction work, consent is required.

What is DTCP?


It is a body set up to control planning and urban growth in a state. A coordinated approach to planned development is put into motion by the Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP). To control development and stop unauthorized constructions, they also provides advice to other organizations and planning bodies about commercial, residential, and urban planning.

To start relatively large-scale projects, all Indian real estate developers must receive approval from the relevant state-run DTCP. Every state has a unique DTCP. Verify whether the residential or commercial project is being built after receiving approval from the relevant part if you want to protect your interests.

No bank in India will approve a request for a home loan for a property unless and until an under-construction housing project or plot-based housing plan has all the licenses in place, including their approval. Before beginning the project, the builder must receive state DTCP approval. To obtain a loan, a homebuyer who is involved in such projects must show documentation that the building plan has received the approval.

How can I get approval?

Developers can request DTCP approval for projects on the state’s website as most states have moved their building plan approval systems online. Nevertheless, they will need to create an account on the website and have all of their documentation available when they fill out the application. Along with sending the application form, they will need to upload documents online. You must have digital copies of each document in a specified format to achieve this.

Who may submit a DTCP application?

The DTCP approval can be requested from the housing societies, layout promoters, associations of plot owners, and plot owners themselves.

How can I tell if the DTCP has accepted my plot?

A list of all approved plots is available on the state DTCP’s official website portal. If you want to learn more about approval, check out the webpage. As an alternative, you can also acquire information by going to their office.

When will the DTCP approval happen?

Many improvements are being made in several states to speed up the approval process for building plans. Getting a DTCP approval could take up to six months. The fees for the approval vary from state to state.

What paperwork is needed for approval?

A constructor may require several documents when requesting a plan approval from the state. Below is a comprehensive list of these documents that we’ve put together. However, depending on the nature of the project, the list of documents may differ from state to state

1. Site plan showing parking spots, building setbacks, and the breadth and condition of roadways

2. Copy of survey sketch, village plan, field measurement, and book of survey number showing the proposed location as required

3. Master plan or preliminary land use plan excerpt illustrating the intended location

4. A detailed map highlighting existing characteristics, such as residential colonies, educational institutions, medical centers, and religious buildings, within a 500-meter radius of the proposed site.

5. Document from a local official attesting to the width and nature/status of access roads (commissioner of panchayat secretary)

6. A certificate stating that the planned structure is not close to any water bodies has been issued by a competent authority

7. Paperwork proving registered ownership of the property, attested by a gazetted official, and displaying the registered documents’ survey number, extent, and schedule of boundaries

8. Payment information is submitted to them for review and technical analysis.

9. Installation capacity proposed (for industrial applications)

10. Plant and equipment costs for the entire project (for industrial applications)

11. Certificate of land conversion from the revenue authorities

12. No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the fire and emergency services

13. No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the state Pollution Control Board, if applicable

14. No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the irrigation department

15. No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the revenue department

16. No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the forest department


The Indian government body in charge of regulating town planning and development is the Directorate of Town & Country Planning. Before being offered for sale to the general public, all layouts must receive their approval. Before acquiring a plot, it is crucial to check a layout’s DTCP clearance status because some layouts might not be accepted. Before buying a plot or land, make sure to check the documents of all the approvals.

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