The Lagos State Government says he will start posting notice of contravention of the planning permit served on buildings, as part of efforts to create proper public awareness and address resident denial issues.

Nairametrics understood this to have been disclosed by the Managing Director of the Lagos State Physical Development Permit Authority (LASPPPA), Mr. Kehinde Osinaike, during an interview on Wednesday in Lagos.

Osinaike said that while the agency’s massive public awareness campaigns on voluntary compliance have yielded positive results, the government will still take the extra step of issuing planning permit violation notices for greater efficiency. .

Note that the government’s decision comes in the context of planning permit violators who often ignore government orders to “stop work” while continuing their construction activities.

The state government’s plan is part of efforts to stem the growing incidents of tragic building collapses across the state.

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What the CEO of LASPPPA says

Osinaike said there are many instances where landlords claim they are unaware of the meaning of planning permit contravention notices whenever it was time to take responsibility for their actions or acts against the law. He said:

  • This government is committed to transparency and accountability; we do not hide anything from the public. The essence of publishing all buildings that have received one form of notice or another is to ensure that we are transparent in everything we do and that we are upfront.
  • We want the public to be aware that this particular building is in contravention of planning regulations.
  • “What we expect at this time after publication is for the owner to quickly try to rectify as much as possible of the infractions committed so far; we have witnessed situations where people deny that they did not receive notice before our enforcement exercise.”

He further explained that the notices would take the form of an invitation for property owners or developers to come forward to challenge or agree with the notices agency for an amicable resolution of the issues in order to avoid penalties.

He said that based on these interactions, information gaps could be filled to prevent further actions by law enforcement officers or incentivize them to enforce laws.

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Notice to be posted on LASPPPA website, social media

The LASPPPA boss noted that the notices would be posted on the LASPPPA website and all of its social media handles after being served on property owners or developers.

He said notices of resignation, sealing, work stoppage, demolition or other forms of notice would be published, but the agency had extended the deadline for action beyond 48 to 72 hours. stipulated by law.

Osinaike explained that the extension could last for weeks or months, depending on the type of notice, to accommodate stakeholders who, for one reason or another, did not have access to information in time.

What you should know

  • The Lagos State Government has been carrying out a statewide awareness campaign, urging property owners and developers to obtain planning permission from the relevant state authority before embarking on any business. of physical development and construction.
  • This is to help create a safe and peaceful environment for residents, with the process simplified and made transparent.
  • The state government had at one point, through the Department of Land Use Planning and Urban Development, undertaken on-site inspection of town planning permits labeled “Operation Show your planning permission”.