An e-planning permit platform to lessen the process of obtaining a planning permit, and to increase service delivery has been announced by the Lagos state government. This is an attempt to enforce the physical planning law by the State and to make sure all physical structures conform to planning regulations.
Funmi Osifuye, the General Manager of Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA), said this, while reviewing plans to implement reforms that eases the planning permit approval.
Osifuye stated that the Monitoring and Compliance Unit of the Agency has been revitalized to enforce the Approved Physical Development Master Plan throughout the state, in accordance with the present administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S. development agenda.
“As part of efforts to ensure Lagos State is developed according to the Approved Physical Development Master Plan, a lot of physical planning reforms and laws were put in place by the government in the building and property development sector. As an agency established to implement these reforms and laws, we are now more prepared than ever to enforce these regulations strictly without fear or favor,” he said.
He stated further, that the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development has deployed more Town Planners to LASPPPA, in order to put into practice the amendment that will ease the planning permit approval process and at the same time aid enforcement of laws and regulations.
“We have also strengthened and reorganized our Monitoring and Compliance Unit to ensure statewide coverage enforcement. This will nip uneven and haphazard development in the bud, while at the same time availing the government a quality database to plan ahead for the populace. Also, in pursuance of these objectives, LASPPPA District Officers have been empowered to grant planning permit approval in line with approved standards.’’
Funmi Osifuye further stated that the Lagos state government strategic way of implementing the planning permit is to ensure that structures are built in conformity with the state’s approved planning standards. He then encourage property owners, builders, citizens, as well as developers to obtain valid physical planning permits from any District Office of LASPPPA, before the commencement of any construction project of any kind in the state.