The Haryana government, has approved the Haryana Building Code, 2016, which allows additional Floor Area Ratio (FAR) on payment of charges as approved by it, from time to time.
A spokesman of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), explained that the Haryana Building Code, 2016, will now supersede the Building Rules in the HUDA (Erection of Buildings) Regulations, 1979, with all other subsequent amendments and instructions issued thereunder. Henceforth, all cases and applications for seeking approval of building plans and occupation certificates, would be governed by the Haryana Building Code, 2016.
The Haryana Building Code, 2016, allows additional FAR on payment of charges as approved by the government, from time to time. Hyper, High-I, High-II, Medium, Low-I and Low-II Zones and Urban Estates falling under these zones, would be as notified by the Town and Country Planning Department under the Punjab Scheduled Roads and Controlled Areas Restriction of Unregulated Development Rules, 1965, he added
However, in the case of building plans and occupation certificate applications, which are in the pipeline and are received before July 1, the allottee would be free to opt for either the Building Rules in the HUDA (Erection of Buildings) Regulations, 1979 or the Haryana Building Code, 2016, the spokesman said.
Applicability of additional FAR
If the difference in the size of the plot from the standard size, is more than ±20%, the charges of the category in which the plot falls, as per the actual size of the plot, would be applicable.
He said it has also been clarified that the number of dwelling units allowed on residential plots, would remain the same and there will be no increase in the same due to the increase in the FAR.
Wherever, the building on a plot has already been constructed or is under construction, in such cases, the owner would have the option to purchase additional FAR to the extent it is required. In such cases, HUDA would not insist on purchase of maximum allowable FAR, he added. However, in case of fresh sanction of plans and in cases where the construction is being raised after demolishing an existing structure, the option of partial purchasable FAR would not be available.
Under the new rules, the FAR for 3, 4, 6 and 10 marla houses will be 1.98, while for 14 marla, 1 kanal and 2 kanal houses, it would be 1.80. At present, the FAR in these houses varies from 1 to 1.65.
He added that no further composition of zoning violation beyond the maximum permissible covered area and FAR would be allowed, in case the allottee purchased additional FAR. However, in cases where additional FAR is not being purchased, the existing composition policy would continue.
Further, in case of an existing building on a plot, where extra area has already been compounded as per policy, the same would be counted in the maximum permissible ground coverage and FAR being allowed as purchasable FAR.
The state government had earlier decided to increase the FAR for residential plots, to cope with the increasing demand for housing and to conserve land for agriculture.
The government had decided to allow purchasable FAR, over and above the existing permissible limits. FAR is the ratio of a building’s total floor area (gross floor area) to the size of the piece of land upon which it is built.