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Streamlining Your Building Project: A Guide to Obtaining RAJUK Approval and Land Use Clearance

The approval process for construction permits in Dhaka City, as regulated by the Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha (RAJUK), involves several steps. To initiate any building construction within the city, whether you are an individual landowner or a development company, it is imperative to secure legal permission through the RAJUK Plan Approval Process. This process mandates the submission of various types of drawings in compliance with the Dhaka Mahanagar Imarat Nirman Bidhimala-2008.

The Plan Approval Process can be broken down into the following #Four_stages:

Step 1: Land Use Clearance (LUC)

The first and essential component of the Plan Approval Process is obtaining Land Use Clearance. To do this, an application must be submitted to the Town Planning Department at RAJUK using the designated Form No-101. It's crucial that the form is properly filled out and signed by the landowner or an authorized representative.

The Following #Documents Are Required for LUC Submission:

  1. Land Registry Copy

  2. Via Land Registry Copy

  3. Duplicate Carbon Copy (DCR)

  4. Mutation Copy

  5. Updated Land Tax Copy

  6. CS, RS, and MS Khatian

  7. National ID Copy/Passport Copy

  8. Passport Size Photo-1 Copy

  9. Application Fee as Bank Draft in Favor of RAJUK

  10. LUC Application (Form-101)

In the case of #Housing Land, the Following #Additional_Documents Are Required:

  1. Possession Letter Copy

  2. Payment Clearance Copy

  3. Lease Deed Copy

  4. Allotment Letter

  5. Sale Permission (If Applicable)

  6. Mutation Permission

  7. Layout Plan from Housing Office

  8. Re-construction Permission (If Applicable)

  9. Time Extension (If Applicable)

The Following #Drawings Are Required for LUC Submission:

  1. Digital Land Survey Report (In 1:5000 or 1:10000 Scale)

  2. Location Map of Land

  3. RS, CS Map Superimposed Drawing

  4. Site plan of Land showing Land use within 250m (15cmx 20cm)

  5. The width of the nearest Road

The Following #Information Is Required to Fill up the LUC Form-101:

  1. Name of The Applicant/Landowner

  2. Present Address of the Applicant/Land Owner

  3. Proposed land use for plot

  4. Exiting Land use of plot

  5. Proposed Land Location

  6. Area of Land in Katha

  7. Ownership History of plot

  8. Name and width of connecting Road

  9. Other Land Information (If any)

  10. Land use of surrounding plots (North, South, East, West)

  11. Elevation of Land with respect to Road (Reduced Level)

#Time_Required for Land Use Clearance (LUC) Approval:

The official time for LUC Approval is 30 (Thirty) Days from the date of submission of the application. The time may vary due to many unavailable circumstances.

#Fees for Land Use Clearance (LUC) Approval:

Application Fee for Land Use Clearance is Tk.1000/-(One Thousand Taka) Only. 15% Value Added Tax (VAT) to be added with the above fees. The fee is to be deposited as a Bank Draft in favor of RAJUK in the Scheduled Bank.

#Validity of Approved Land Use Clearance (LUC):

The validity of the Approved LUC is 24 Months from the date of Approval. The validity can be renewed for another 12 Months by Applying through Form-111. Before expiring this validity, you should submit the construction permit to RAJUK. If the validity Expired, you should take LUC Approval again.

Step 2: Construction Permit/RAJUK Plan Approval

Following the successful acquisition of Land Use Clearance approval, the subsequent step is to submit the construction plan for a building permit. This plan should be presented using the RAJUK-prescribed Form-301 and must be submitted within the 24-month validity period of the Land Use Clearance (LUC). The comprehensive process for securing RAJUK Plan Approval for building construction in Dhaka City is outlined as follows:

Before Proceeding with the #RAJUK Plan Submission, It's Essential to Ensure That the Following #Documents Are in Order:

  1. Application Form of Construction Permit (Form-301).

  2. Land Use Clearance Copy.

  3. Bank Draft Copy of Building Approval Fee.

  4. All Land Documents are described in the Land use clearance section.

  5. Soil Test Report (If Applicable).

  6. FAR Calculation Sheet Described MGC, Setback, Number of stories, etc.

  7. Ammonia Printed Approval Drawing Sheet in standard A0 to A4 page.

  8. Indemnity Bond for Piling or Besant Construction.

  9. Floor-wise Number of Apartments.

  10. RAJUK Registration and IAB Membership Certificate for Design Architect.

  11. RAJUK Enlistment and IEB Membership Certificate for Structural Engineer.

  12. Land surrender Deed for proposed road Extension.

The Design Architect should have the following qualifications if he/she wants to prepare the RAJUK Approval Drawing Sheet and Sign on it:

  1. Bachelor of Architecture from IAB Accredited University.

  2. Member of the Institute of Architect Bangladesh (IAB).

  3. Minimum 8 (Eight) years of Experience in the Design of any type of Building.

  4. Registered to RAJUK under the Legislative of DMINB-2008.

#Qualifications of Structural #Engineer:

The structural Engineer can conduct the Structural Analysis and Design Works as well as sign on the Approval sheet if he/she has the following qualifications:

  1. BSc in Civil Engineering Degree from any IEB Accredited University.

  2. Member/Fellow of the Institution of Engineer Bangladesh (IEB).

  3. Registered to RAJUK as Structural Design Engineer under the jurisdiction of Dhaka Mahanagar Imarat Nirman Bidhimala-2008.

  4. Minimum 8 (Eight) years of Experience in the Civil Engineering Field and 5 years in the Structural Design Field.

The #RAJUK_Approval_Sheet Contains the Following:

  1. The Title of the Plan Approval Sheet.

  2. Name, Address, Mobile Number of the Applicant, and Signature.

  3. Name, Address, Mobile Number, Membership Number of IAB, Registration Number of RAJUK and Signature of Architect.

  4. Name, Address, Mobile Number, Membership Number of IEB Enlistment Number of RAJUK, and Signature of Structural Engineer.

  5. LUC Approval Reference Number and Date.

  6. Occupancy Type of the Proposed Building.

  7. CS, RS, SA Dag No, Mouza, and Thana Name of Proposed Plot.

  8. Site Plan in 1:4000 Scale.

  9. Layout Plan in 1:200 Scale with the following information:

    • Boundary demarcation of the site with measurement

    • Existing Building Information (If any)

    • Connecting road name and width

    • Main Entry position of the proposed Building

    • Location of underground water Reservoir, Septic Tank, soak well

    • Sanitary plumbing connection plan

    • Waste collection point

10. Floor plan in Scale 1:00 which includes the following:

  • Position and dimension of every room.

  • Position of Doors and windows including their dimensions.

  • Location and measurements of Stair, Lift, Lobby, and Fire exit (If Required).

  • Roof plan including Terrace, Chilakatha, Lift Machine Room, Overhead Water Tank, and Water Disposal Plan.

  • Parking Plan with Entry, Exit, Gourd Post and Driveway.

  • Location of Generator and Sub-station Room.

11. Two Cross Sections on a scale of 1:100 along with long and short Director of the plan. The cross sections include the following:

  • Height of Every Floor.

  • Lift, OHWT, UGWR

  • Lift Machine room and parapet wall.

  • Plinth level from existing Road and Footpath level.

  • Existing and Finished Ground Level.

12. North, South, East, West Elevation of Building in Scale 1:100.

#Fees for Construction Permit:

Approval fees should be deposited in favor of RAJUK at a designated bank, according to the following schedule:

  • Tk. 175/- for Floor Area up to 50 sqm

  • Tk. 350/- for Floor Area >50 sqm to 100 sqm

  • Tk. 525/- for Floor Area >100 sqm to 200 sqm

  • Tk. 700/- for Floor Area >200 sqm to 300 sqm

  • Tk. 1300/- for Floor Area >300 sqm to 500 sqm

  • Tk. 3600/- for Floor Area >500 sqm to 1000 sqm

  • Tk. 7800/- for Floor Area >1000 sqm to 1500 sqm

  • Tk. 11000/- for Floor Area >1500 sqm to 2000 sqm

  • Tk. 26000/- for Floor Area >2000 sqm to 3000 sqm

  • Tk. 41500/- for Floor Area >3000 sqm to 4000 sqm

  • Tk. 62000/- for Floor Area >4000 sqm to 5000 sqm

  • Tk. 83000/- for Floor Area >5000 sqm to 10000 sqm

  • Tk. 105000/- for Floor Area >10000 sqm to 15000 sqm

  • Tk. 130000/- for Floor Area >15000 sqm to 20000 sqm

  • Tk. 207000/- for Floor Area >20000 sqm to 30000 sqm

  • Tk. 365000/- for Floor Area >30000 sqm

Additionally, a 15% Value Added Tax (VAT) is applicable and should be added to the above fees.

#Validity of the Approved Plan:

The Approved Plan remains in force for a duration of 3 (three) years, commencing from the date of its approval. Within this stipulated validity period, it is imperative that the construction progresses to at least the plinth level. Failure to reach this construction milestone will render the approved plan null and void.

Special Conditions for Plan Approval:

  1. The land must be completely vacant before plan submission.

  2. The land should be surrendered, necessitating the removal of the existing boundary wall to accommodate the proposed road expansion.

  3. Public land requires a minimum proposed road width of 20 feet, while housing land requires a width of 25 feet.

  4. In the case of a shared road by the dwellers, the proposed road width may be reduced to 12 feet.

  5. Height restrictions imposed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) are applicable near airport and runway areas. In such instances, height clearance must be obtained from CAAB through RAJUK.

  6. A minimum plot entry gate width of 18 feet is mandatory; otherwise, plan approval will not be granted.

  7. The driveway must have a minimum width of 14 feet.

  8. Buildings exceeding six stories are required to have a lift.

  9. For buildings surpassing a height of 33 meters or those with more than 10 stories, fire stairs are mandatory.

Step 3: Occupancy Certificate:

Upon the completion of construction, it is imperative to obtain an Occupancy Certificate from RAJUK before moving in and occupying the building. This Occupancy Certificate initially holds a validity period of 5 (five) years, after which it must be renewed every 5 (five) years. Failure to renew the Occupancy Certificate will result in the invalidation of the approved plan. Should you require a re-approval of the plan, it will entail a cost equal to 10 times the plan approval fee, in addition to any compensation as determined by the Plan Approval Committee. To acquire the Occupancy Certificate, the following documents and reports are essential:

  1. A Construction Completion Report.

  2. The As-Built Architectural Design.

  3. The As-Built Structural Design.

  4. The Building Services Plan.

Step 4: Permission for Special/Large Projects:

In the Dhaka Mahanagar Imarat Nirman Bidhimala-2008 (DMINB-2008), certain endeavors are classified as special or large-scale projects. These projects require a distinct special project permission, which is granted by the Special Project Approval Committee of RAJUK. To obtain this special project permission, applicants are required to submit a request via the Special Project Approval Form (Form-201). This process marks the final stage of RAJUK's Plan Approval Procedure for Construction Permits within Dhaka City. Projects qualify as special projects if they encompass the following characteristics:

  1. Residential buildings featuring more than 40 (forty) Apartments.

  2. Gross floor areas exceeding 7500 sqm, as per the Floor Area Ratio (FAR).

  3. Shopping malls with floor areas exceeding 5000 sqm.

  4. Projects linked to national and regional highways.

  5. Brickfields and hazardous industrial factories.

  6. Projects situated within 250 meters of historical buildings.

  7. Projects situated within 250 meters of parks or other areas of natural beauty.

  8. Projects positioned within 50 meters of hilly terrains or riverbanks.

For Special Project Applications, the Following Documentation Is Required:

  1. A copy of land use clearance or a no-objection certificate.

  2. Proof of ownership or a copy of the land registry.

  3. CS, RS, MS maps.

  4. Dag number, mouza, and thana name.

  5. Khatian, mutation records, etc.

  6. The number of stories in the proposed building.

  7. Total cumulative floor area.

  8. Floor-wise area allocation with designated uses.

  9. The total number of flats.

  10. The floor area ratio (FAR) calculation chart.

  11. Water requirements for the proposed project.

  12. The source of water and its supply network.

  13. Required electricity for the proposed project.

  14. The source of electricity and a supply diagram.

  15. Construction start date and construction phases.

  16. The anticipated duration for construction completion.

Special Project Approval Drawings Should Encompass the Following Details:

  1. Site boundary measurements.

  2. North directional sign on the proposed site.

  3. Name and width of connecting roads.

  4. Holding number, plot number, and mouza name of the project.

  5. Plot elevation concerning road level.

  6. Information about existing buildings within the project.

  7. Heights and distances of adjacent buildings from the plot boundary.

  8. Vehicle and pedestrian entry and exit points for the proposed site.

  9. Drainage system details and disposal network.

  10. Location of the electrical substation.

  11. Details of wastewater and sewerage treatment plants.

  12. Garbage collection and disposal management.

  13. Any special buildings located within 250 meters of the proposed land.

Time Required for Special Project Approval:

The official processing time for special project approval is 45 (forty-five) days from the date of application submission, but this duration may vary due to unforeseen circumstances.

Fees for Special Project Approval:

Special project Approval Fee of TK. 10,000/- (Ten Thousand) only. 15% VAT to be added with the above fee. The fee should be deposited as a bank draft in favor of RAJUK.

Validity of Approved Special Project:

Approved Special Project will be valid for 24 (twenty-four) Months from The date of approval. Special project permission cannot be renewable. If you fail to Apply for a Construction Permit within this period, you have to take Special Project Approval again.


The RAJUK Plan Approval Process for Construction Permits in Dhaka City can be a time-consuming and complex endeavor. Many architectural firms in Dhaka can guide you through the approval process. It's crucial to select a reputable and professional firm to expedite the entire process. At Dhaka Designer, we have been working in this field for over 10 years and have successfully completed approximately 100 projects.


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