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Tamil Nadu Building Rules: Key Amendments

In a move that is expected to be a boon for homebuyers, the State Housing and Urban Development Department has amended the Tamil Nadu Combined Development and Building Rules, 2019, bringing in key changes with respect to completion certificates, etc.

Some of the significant amendments, effected through notifications[1] dated March 11, 2024, are as follows:

  • Exemption from obtaining completion certificate

As per the amendment, the requirement to obtain a completion certificate is done away with for residential buildings up to 14 m in height, with not more than eight units or which occupy a maximum area of 750 sq m. The certificate is necessary for buildings to receive service connections including electricity and water supply. Prior to the amendment, as per Rule 20(1), this exemption was only applicable to residential buildings up to 12 m in height, with not more than three dwelling units or 750 sq m area.

  • Security deposit for non-high rise and high rise buildings

The exemption from the requirement of depositing a refundable security deposit under Rules 35(21) and 39(12), has been extended to non-high rise and high rise residential buildings up to 14 m in height not exceeding eight dwelling units or 750 sq m in area. I.e., the thresholds for height and number of dwelling units have been increased from 12 m to 14 m and from three units to eight units, respectively.

  • Maximum permissible height

When it comes to non-high rise buildings with up to 16 dwellings or such other small developments, vide amendment to Rule 35(1)(a), the maximum permissible height of stilt + three floors has been enhanced from 12 m to 14 m and that of stilt + two floors is raised from 9 m to 10 m.

[1] Vide G.O.(Ms). No. 69 and G.O.(Ms). No.70

Date: March 18, 2024