Ogun State Government has introduced ‘Permit in Principle’ (PIP), an initiative to enable large scale Industries, Estates and other big businesses obtain temporary building approval permit pending the completion of necessary requirements for proper Planning Permit.
The Commissioner for Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, TPL. Olatunji Odunlami who made this known in Abeokuta, said the idea was to discourage illegal development of structures and ensure easy take-off of Industrial businesses, adding that government was determined to stop the abuse of its planning laws and engender a culture of compliance among developers.
Odunla mi pointed out that when PIP is issued, it would not allow any physical development to take place without necessary documents that would be submitted to the Authority for planning Permit Approval, adding that investors or developers could only clear the site, supply building materials and build store for construction in the process of compiling necessary documents.
According to him, ‘’when ‘Permit in Principle’ is issued, no developer is allowed to erect any structure in the State without obtaining planning Permit issued by the State Planning Permit Authority. Once you have been given ‘Permit in Principle’, it guarantees that the Government would not say you cannot build, unless something extra ordinary happens. This guarantees that you will get the final approval’’.
He reiterated that it was by respecting the Physical Planning law of the State, that everyone could join the vanguard for the protection of lives and property, noting that most developers think of obtaining building planning approval last, after they must have completed the building project.
Odunlami explained that applicants were required to submit building plan and would be asked to fill some documents, once the drawing met planning requirement, they would be issued ‘Permit in Principle’ which would give them ample time to set the site in place while gathering other documents such as; title to the land, Tax clearance, Soil test report, environmental impact assessment and other important documents to be submitted for the process of obtaining Planning Permit.