Building By Laws

Site Plan

The site plan to be accompanied alongwith the notice and building plan must contain the following –
The situation of the proposed building, relative to the streets or lanes adjoining it and to the adjoining houses or other properties together with the number of the houses
The breadth (width) of all adjoining streets or lanes. In case the breadth is not uniform, the narrowest width should also be shown. Guttters and down spounts.
The position of and full details regarding all wells, drains, latrines and other sanitary convenience.
The internal diameter and the distance from the nearest privy in case sanction is required in respect of a well. 


Every room intended for human habitation must have the following:
A clear superficial area of not less than 80 sft. excluding the staircase (if any) and minimum width of 8 feet. Ventilators of a total area of not less than 2% of the floor area opening directly into the external air or into an open verandah. Doors and windows of the total area not less than 15% of the floor area. 

Roofs & Storeys

The outer covering of all roofs must be made of tiles, iron sheets or other non-inflamable materials.
No sheds or lean to roofs are permissible to abut on any street beyond the street drain. In case there is no drain the over hanging shall not be more than 1’6″.
The height of each wall measured from floor to the corner where ceiling roof meets the wall shall not be less than what is given below – Flat roof building Tile roof building First storey 10 feet Eves from G.L. 9 ft Subsequent storeys 10 feet
The number of storeys shall not in any case exceed three. 


All new work should be indicated in the plan by a distinctive colour and a key to the colours used should be given on the plans. 

Extension on Streets

In any street the width of which is less than 50 feet, the extension of the buildings beyond the general line of existing house fronts whether there are platforms or not are not permitted and in other streets shall be permitted sparingly and only when the Cantt Board is satisfied that it will not interfere with the use of the street or free circulation of air. 

Notice of New Building

Section 179 of the Cantonment Act 1924 requires that any person who intends to erect or re-erect any building in the Cantonment shall apply for permission to following authorities before starting the construction – a) The Board – where the building in question is situated in an area other than civil area. b) The Chief Executive Officer – where the building in question is situated in civil area. 

Re-erection of the building

For the purpose of the Cantonment Act 1924 what constitutes erection / re-erection of the building, please refer section 179 (2) and section 2 (iv) of this Act. 

Validity of Sanction

Every sanction for the erection or re-erection of the building given or deemed to have been given by the Board shall be valid for one year from the date on which it is given and if construction as per this sanction is not started within this period then a fresh application seeking extension is required to be submitted to the Board, failing which the sanction shall lapse automatically. 

Conditions of Valid Notice

1. A person giving the notice required by section 179 shall specify the purpose for which it is intended to use the building to which such notice relates.
2. No notice shall be valid untill the information required vide para (a) above and any other information / plans which may be required under the byelaws of the Cantonment have been furnished to the satisfaction of the Board of the Executive Officer as the case may be alongwith the notice. 

Completion Notice

Every person to whom sanction for erection or re-erection of any building in any area in a Cantonment has been given, shall, within 30 days after completion of erection / re-erection of the building shall give a notice of completion in writing to the Board or the Executive Officer, who on receipt of such notice shall cause the building to be inspected to ensure that the building has been completed in accordance with the sanction.