Obtaining a Preliminary Planning Clearance

To obtain the Preliminary Planning Clearance/ Development Permit/ Certificate of Conformity, the owner/ developer must complete the followings.

A. To obtain Preliminary Planning Clearance (PPC)

Steps

  1. Obtain an application along with the instructions from the Customer Care Centre of the CMC at the Town Hall or from CMC website, www.cmc.lk.
  2. Submit two copies of proposed development in sketch form and a Survey Plan in scale of 1:1,000 or 1 chain : 1 inch along with the application to City Planning Division of CMC.

Note:

Submit following clearances from the relevant Authorities along with the PPC application;

  1. A letter confirming the correct Assessment Number with site extent including boundaries and ownership from Municipal Assessor’s Department – CMC obtained within six months of the date of application.
  2. Clearance from Urban Development Authority (UDA) (if already obtained, not necessary to apply for PPC from CMC).

B. To obtain a Development Permit and Approval of Building Plans

Steps

  1. Obtain an application along with the instructions from the Customer Care Centre of the CMC at the Town Hall or from CMC website, www.cmc.lk.
  2. Submit the completed Building Application with minimum number of 09 copies of building plans (please refer to item (V) of the section B given below to identify the required number of copies), along with the clearances/documents mentioned below (if applicable).
      1. A letter confirming the correct Assessment Number with site extent including boundaries and ownership from Municipal Assessor’s Department – CMC and the validity of the said letter is 06 months.
      2. Drainage Division of CMC regarding the storm water drains & foul sewer lines.
      3. National Water Supply & Drainage Board regarding underground water supply lines.
      4. Sri Lanka Land Reclamation & Development Corporation (for low lands & canals).
      5. Street Line & Building Line Certificates from the City Planning Division of the CMC, obtained after the year 2009.
      6. Coast Conservation Department (If within 300m from costal permanent vegetation line).
      7. Central Environmental Authority of Sri Lanka (For Hospitals, Industrial development etc.)
      8. Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (If the number of floors of the proposed building exceeds 7 or the height is more than 60.0 ft.).
      9. Condominium Management Authority (For condominium properties).
      10. Urban Development Authority (For Special Projects/ Areas, Such as Beira Lake Reservation and Independence Square & surroundings under development guide plan – area 1).
      11. Public Health Department of CMC (For Hospitals, Industrial Developments, etc.).
      12. Railway Department/Irrigation Department (If affected by the railways, river/canal reservations etc.)
      13. Department of Archeology (For the buildings listed in volume 1 of City of Colombo Development plan (CCDP) 1999 Gazetted by Urban Development Authority, under the historic & architecturally valuable buildings).
      14. Ceylon Electricity Board where the proposed building is in close proximity to high-tension electrical lines or floor area is more than 30,000.0 sq. ft.
        [All (a) to (n) to be obtained from the relevant institutions]
    1. Following clearances to be obtained by submitting draft plans prior to submission of building application.
      1. Chief Officer of Fire & Rescue Department of the CMC – [for all non-residential buildings / usages and for the residential buildings exceeding 3,000 sq.ft. of floor area or consisting 4 (G+3) floors or above] by submitting 02 copies of building plan.
      2. Solid Waste Management Division of CMC [buildings with five (G+4) floors and more than 08 residental units] by submitting 02 copies of building plan.
    2. Following clearances to be obtained by submitting building plans along with the Building Application.
      Presidential Security Range (PSR) (2 building plan copies).(If within the High Security Zones described by the Senior Deputy Inspector General – PSR)
    3. Other Documents to be submitted
      1. A copy of approved Sub-division/Amalgamation plan along with the original (to check & return at the counter) and the Development Permit if any, and a photocopy or one(01) copy of original Survey Plan. If the site extent is less than 6.0 P and / or Sub-division is not approved an original Survey plan for sites, existence prior to 1999.
      2. A copy of Owner’s National Identity Card
      3. Certified copies of Deeds-If access/light & ventilation obtained from a private road
      4. Certified copy of Pedigree-If access/light & ventilation obtained from a private road
      5. Certified copy of Title Report-If access/light & ventilation obtained from a private road
      6. Certificate of Incorporation (if a company)
      7. Letter of Indemnity, indemnifying the CMC from any claim or damage what so ever
      8. Letter of undertaking for the submission of Insurance Policy 02 weeks prior to commencement of construc- tion work
      9. Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) report (if required as per the Schedule III of in volume II (Regulation 34) of Colombo City of Development Plan (CCDP) 1999 amended by the CCDP (Amendment) – 2008 to be submitted to;
        • Director General / Director (Enforcement) of UDA (3 copies along with the application) &
        • Director (City Planning) of CMC (3 copies)
      10. An Affidavit to be submitted certifying that all the documents submitted by the owner / developer along with the application are true and accurate.
    4. Number of Building Plan Copies
      All copies should be submitted to the City Planning Division of CMC.

      1. For office record (1 copy)
      2. Municipal Assessor (1 copy)
      3. UDA (1 copy)
      4. Presidential Security Range (2 copies) (If within the High Security Zones)
      5. Owner (3 Copies)
      6. Drainage Division (1 copy)

C. To obtain Certificate of Conformity (COC)
Steps

  1. Obtain an application along with the instructions from Customer Care Centre of the CMC at the Town Hall or from CMC website, www.cmc.lk.
  2. Complete application and hand over it to the City Planning Division of CMC along with the following documents.
    1. Drainage Certificate obtained from the Drainage Division of the CMC at Maligakanda, Colombo 10
    2. Fire certificate obtained from Fire & Rescue Department of the CMC at T. B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10 (if applicable)
    3. Solid Waste Management certificate from Solid Waste Management Division of the CMC at Town Hall (if applicable)
    4. Certificate from Presidential Security Range (if applicable)
    5. Any other certificates (if applicable).

All the applications should be certified by both the Chartered Architect and Chartered Civil Engineer (who has obtained professional qualifications in Sri Lanka), if the total floor area exceeds or equal to 280 sq.m. and/or the walls/columns are situated on the boundary of the property.

Note:

All the applications of the projects relevant to Tourism Industry to be referred to the Urban Development Authority for approvals.

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