The General Manager of Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA), Tpl. Funmi Osifuye has reiterated that obtaining Physical Planning Permit for any development in the State is mandatory, irrespective of the landowner, be it a public or private establishment.
Speaking on Monday in his office at the Old Secretariat, Oba Akinjobi Way, Ikeja, during an interface with Property Correspondents of major media outfits, Osifuye stated that a judgment was given in favour of Lagos State on Tuesday, the 13th of May, 2003 in Suit No: SC.353/2001 Att.-Gen., Lagos State vs. Att.-Gen., Federation.
He explained that the judgment was an affirmation that the Federal Government and State Governments have power on Urban and Regional Planning as well as physical development, adding that all agencies of government are mandated to ensure that landowners collect building planning permits in order to restore sanity in urban development.
Osifuye explained that the ongoing LASPPPA and LASBCA post-construction Audit of existing structures in the State is not for revenue generation as alleged in some quarters, rather it is in line with the re-modelling and redevelopment of the new Lagos as one of the world’s Smart Cities.
He urged Lagos residents to come for any of the two approvals – Provisional and Final Approval – being issued by LASPPPA to fast track and ease the process of building construction in the State.
He explained that the Provisional Approval is given to commence construction/development, while the granting of Final Approval depends on submission of requisite title documents within 18 (eighteen) months of obtaining Provisional Approval.
Osifuye implored Lagosians, particularly intending builders, to obtain Planning Permits at the Agency’s Headquarters or District Offices, as it guarantees the safety of life and property, prevents building collapse and adds value to the property.