Eligibility Criteria - CMDA

  • The constructions of building should have been completed on or before the 1st July 2007.
  • The requirements for compliance of certain planning parameters viz., Road Width, Setbacks, Floor Space Index, Vehicular Parking, Open Space Reservation (OSR) shall be as per Annexure-IA and IB for Chennai Metropolitan Planning Area.

  • Eligibility Criteria with respect to Planning Parameters – The following minimum/maximum requirements shall be provided on site for the building to be eligible for applying under this Scheme:

Type of Building

Minimum Road Width

Minimum Setback

Maximum Allowable F.S.I.


Ordinary Building







 Short fall on car


two wheeler is

condonable on

payment of charges


Special Building


CBA - Residential



CBA - Commercial


Other sides Nil

Non-CBA : Residential

1.5m. all sides

Non-CBA : Commercial

1.5m. all sides

Group Development



1.5m. all sides


Distance betw. Blocks : Ord. Bldg.


Distance betw. Blocks : Spl. Bldg.


Multi Storied Building

Upto GF + 6F or Stilt + 7F


50 % of normally permissible setback on all sides (with ref. to height)




At least 50% of the

requirement shall be

provided either on site

or offsite. Balance 50%

is chargeable as per

    rates prescribed     

Upto GF + 8F or Stilt + 9F


Upto GF + 19F or Stilt + 20F


More than 60m. height


    The following shall not be considered for exemption

    (a)Building with any encroachment including aerial encroachment on to >a public road or street or any Government / local authority owned lands including water bodies, open spaces reserved as parks and play grounds in Master Plan or Detailed Development Plan or new town development plan or approved layouts and notified under:

    (i)the Tamil Nadu Parks, Play-Fields and Open Spaces (Preservation and Regulation) Act, 1959

    (ii)buildings in Government lands including water bodies, land acquired under the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 (Central Act I of 1894) or Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 (Central Act 30 of 2013)

    (iii)the Tamil Nadu Highways Act, 2001 (Tamil Nadu Act 34 of 2002)

    (iv)the Tamil Nadu Acquisition of Land for Harijan Welfare Schemes Act, 1978 (Tamil Nadu Act 31 of 1978) or any other land acquisition laws for the time being in force and the lands affected by the erstwhile Tamil Nadu Urban Land (Ceiling and Regulation) Act, 1978 (Tamil Nadu Act 24 of 1978)

    (v)the Tamil Nadu Land Reforms (Fixation of Ceiling on Land Act, 1961 (Tamil Nadu Act 58 of 1961)

    (b)The building in a filled up tank or low lying or made up of soil by depositing rubbish or offensive matters and the proposal is likely to be affected by dampness owing to the sub-soil water, subject to ameliorative measures as may be prescribed by the Public Works Department.

    (c)Hazardous activities or hazardous industries including storages of hazardous materials like inflammable materials, chemicals, gas, etc. in a zone other than the special and hazardous industrial use zone.

    (d)Developments in a site within 500 metre radius from the boundary line of the Reserve Forest in the areas covered under the Tamil Nadu Town and Country Planning Act, 1971 (Tamil Nadu Act 35 on 1972) shall be subject to the compliance, in toto, of the norms prescribed in the Forest Conservation Act and Wild Life Protection Act.

    (e)Aquifer Recharge Area / Redhills Catchment Area of Chennai Metropolitan Planning Area.