Very few people have a plan or an idea on what they intend to carry out on their property. They just buy land and opt for anything much later when they are ready to build. First and foremost, let me state here that you should totally have your building plan as soon as you buy your land. Remember, he who does not plan, plans to fail. So here we have 3 quick steps on how to get a building plan.

  1. Get your Land Title: In order to get building approval in Lagos, the land in question where the building is to be erected must first have a certificate of occupancy before your building plan can be approved by the appropriate bodies. Also, your land title determines the height and the density you can go, depending on the area the building will be or the kind of building you intend to put up.
  2. Get your Survey Plan: A Survey plan is a document that measures the boundary of a parcel of land to give an accurate measurement and description of that land. The people that handle survey issues are Surveyors and they are regulated by the office of the Surveyor general in Lagos as it relates to survey issues in Lagos.
  3. Tax Clearance and Government Fee: The government fee only come to play after your building plan must have been assessed and marked for approval. Having paid your government fee, then the government can go ahead and inspect the site. It is after they must have inspected the site that all documents such as tax clearance certificate, title document, and receipt of tenement rate paid to the government in respect of the property can then be verified.

Bonus Point: I just feel the need to inform you that this takes time. While it surely does, I need you to understand that it is very important. Because it safeguards your building against future demolition and if the need ever arises for your building to be demolished, you will be fully compensated.

So be the judge, are building plans really necessary?