(NOTIFICATION :The 7th February, 2020)

S.R.O. No. 50/2020— Whereas different Development Authorities of the State are empowered to make regulations under section 124 of ODA Act, 1982 and different Development Authorities have notified the regulations regarding Planning and Building Standards;

And whereas the State Government proposes to make a set of comprehensive rules, in respect of principles, guidelines, planning standards, building regulations, conditions and restrictions in accordance with which development may be undertaken or regulated;

And whereas the Development Authorities are empowered to make regulations not inconsistent with the Act and rules made thereunder;

And whereas, the following draft of certain rules which the State Government proposes to make in exercise of the powers conferred under section 123 of the Odisha Development Authorities Act, 1982 (Odisha Act 14 of 1982) is hereby published as required under section 125 of the said Act for information of all persons and Authorities likely to be affected thereby and notice is hereby given that the said draft will be taken into consideration on or after the expiry of a period of fifteen days from the date of publication of this notification in the Odisha Gazette;

Any objection or suggestion which may be received from any person or Authority in respect of the said draft before expiry of the period so specified above will be considered by the State Government.


Short title, extent and commencement.:

(1) These rules may be called the Odisha Development Authorities (Planning and Building Standards) Rules, 2020.

(2) They shall extend to all the “development areas” which are so declared under sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Odisha Development Authorities Act, 1982.

(3) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Odisha Gazette.


(1) In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires,—

(i) “Act” means the Odisha Development Authorities Act, 1982 (Act 14 of 1982);

(ii) “addition” or “alteration” means change from one occupancy to another or a structural change, such as addition to the covered area or height or the removal of part of a building or construction or cutting into or removal of any wall, partition, column, beam, joist, floor or other support, or a change to the fixture
of equipment of the building;

(iii) “Advertising Sign” means any surface or structure with characters, letters or illustrations applied thereto and displayed in any manner whatsoever outdoors for the purpose of advertising or giving information or to attract the public to any place, person, public performance, article, or merchandise, and which surface or structure is attached to, forms part of, or is connected with any building or is fixed to the ground or to any pole, screen, fence or hoarding or displayed in space, or in or over any water body included in the jurisdiction of the Authority;

(iv) “Affordable Housing Projects”, “Affordable Housing Units” and “Slum” shall have the same meaning as defined in Policy for Housing for All in Urban Areas, Odisha 2015 and as amended from time to time;

(v) “Agricultural use” means use of land for the purpose of agriculture, horticulture, sericulture, animal husbandry, poultry farming, plant nursery, piggery, dairy farming, vegetable farming and any activity related to agriculture or milk chilling plant;

(vi) “Air-Conditioning” means the process of treating air so as to control simultaneously its temperature, humidity, cleanliness and distribution to meet the requirement of conditioned space;

(vii) “Air Port Reference Point” means a designated point which is established in the horizontal plane at or near the geometric center of the landing area;

(viii) “Annexure” means an Annexure appended to these rules;

(ix) “apartment or flat” means a dwelling unit in a building;

(x) “apartment building” means a building having more than eight dwelling units constructed in one block only;

(xi) “Applicant” means the person who is the owner of the land or building or has a title over the land or building and includes,—

(a) an agent or trustee who receives rent on behalf of the owner;

(b) an agent or trustee who receives rent or is entrusted with or is concerned with any building devoted to religious or charitable purpose;

(c) receiver, executor or administrator or a manager appointed by any Court of competent jurisdiction to have the charge of or to exercise the rights of the owner; and (d) a mortgagee in possession;

(xii) “Approved” means approved by the Authority;

(xiii) “Art Commission” means the Commission constituted under sub-section (1) of section 88;

(xiv) “assembly building” means a building or part of a building where group of people not less than 50 congregate or gather for amusement, recreation, social, religious, patriotic, civil, travel and similar purposes such as, theaters, motion picture houses, assembly halls, auditoria, exhibition halls, museum, skating rinks, gymnasium, restaurants, places of worship, dance halls, club rooms, passenger stations and terminals of air, surface and marine public transportation services, recreation piers and stadia, Baarat Ghar and Kalyan Mandap etc.;

(xv) “balcony” means a projection to serve as passage or sit out place including a hand rail or balustrade;

(xvi) “barsati” means a habitable room not exceeding 30% of the covered area, on the top floor of the building with toilet and kitchen unit built contiguously;

(xvii) "base FAR" shall have the same meaning as defined in the Odisha Transferable Development Rights Rules, 2015;

(xviii) “basement” or “cellar” means lower storey of a building, below or partly below the ground level;

(xix) “old settlement area” means an area declared as such under a Development Plan and in the absence of such declaration, any area comprising of old village settlements and covering such extent of land as may be determined by the Authority in consultation with the concerned Local Body;

(xx) “old settlement plot” means a plot having a width ranging between 4.0 meter and 6.3 meter, the depth being more than three times the width and located in a old settlement area;

(xxi) “building accessory” means a subordinate building, use of which is incidental to that of a principal building on the same plot such as garage, coal or fuel shed or for use by peons, chowkidars or domestic servants;

(xxii) "building envelope" means the horizontal spatial limits up to which a building may be permitted to be constructed on a plot;

(xxiii) “building height” means the vertical distance measured in the case of flat roofs from the average level of the center line of the adjoining street to the highest point of the building adjacent to the street and in the case of pitched roofs, up to the point where the external surface of the outer wall intersects the finished surface of the sloping roof and in the case of gables facing the road, the midpoint between the eaves level and the ridges:

Explanation.— If the building does not abut on a street, the height shall be measured above the average level of the ground around and contiguous to the building;

(xxiv) “building line” means the line up to which the plinth of a building adjoining a street or an extension of a street or on a future street may lawfully extend and includes the lines prescribed in any development plan in operation for any area under the jurisdiction of the Authority or specification indicated in any Town Planning or Development Scheme or in these rules;

(xxv) "Cabin" means a non-residential enclosure constructed of non-load bearing partitions;

(xxvi) “Canopy” means a cantilevered projection from the face of the wall at lintel or slab level over any entrance, provided that —

(a) it shall not project beyond the plot line; (b) it shall not be lower than 2.3m or 7’-6” when measured from the ground; and (c) there shall be no structure on it and the top shall remain open to sky;

(xxvii) "carpet area" means the net usable floor area of an apartment, excluding the area covered by the external walls, areas under services shafts, exclusive balcony or verandah area and exclusive open terrace area, but includes the area covered by the internal partition walls of the apartment.

Explanation.— For the purpose of this clause, the expression "exclusive balcony or verandah area" means the area of the balcony or verandah, as the case may be, which is appurtenant to the net usable floor area of an apartment, meant for the exclusive use of the allottee; and "exclusive open terrace area" means the area of open terrace which is appurtenant to the net usable floor area of an apartment meant for the exclusive use of the allottee

(xxviii) “chajja” or “sun-shade” means a sloping or horizontal structural overhang, usually provided for protection from sun and rain or for architectural considerations at lintel level;

(xxix) “chimney” means an upright shaft containing and encasing one or more flues provided for the conveyance to the outer air of any product of combustion; resulting from the operation of any heat producing appliance or equipment employing solid, liquid or gaseous fuel;

(xxx) “commercial building” means a building or part of a building, which is used for transaction of business, keeping of accounts and records or for similar purposes and includes Banks, Commercial Offices, Corporate offices,mercantile buildings like shops, stores, market display and sale of merchandise either in wholesale or retail, or offices, storage or services facilities incidental to the sale of merchandise, Cinema Halls, Petrol Pumps, Hotels, Restaurants, Lodge-cum-guest houses and Dharma Kantas, etc;

(xxxi) “common Plot” means a single or multiple plots of land which are, reserved during the layout approval for providing community facilities and public utilities and 50% of the area so reserved shall be used to provide required infrastructure for integration of public transport requirement, public washroom complexes, busstops, Origin-Destination Terminals etc. and the land so required shall be provided to the concerned Authority or any other Public Authority for building of such public infrastructure.

(xxxii) “Competent Authority” means Vice Chairman of Development Authority;

(xxxiii) “corner plot” means a plot at the junctions of, and fronting on, two or more intersecting streets and in such cases, frontage would be on the street having larger width and where two streets are of same width, then the larger side of the plot will decide the frontage and the location of a garage (on a corner plot) if provided within the open space shall be located diagonally opposite the point intersection;

(xxxiv) “cornice” means a sloping or horizontal cantilevered projection at lintel level over any entrance or external walls to provide protection from sun and rain;

(xxxv) “covered area” means in respect of ground floor, area covered immediately above the plinth level by the building but does not include the open space covered by,—

(a) garden, rockery, well and well-structures, rainwater harvesting structures, plant nursery, water-pool (if uncovered), platform round a tree, tank, fountain, bench, chabutara with open top unenclosed on sides by walls, boundary wall, swing, and area covered by chhajja without any pillars etc, touching the ground;

(b) drainage, culvert, conduit, catch-pit, gully pit, inspection chamber, gutter and the like; and

(c) compound wall, gate, slide or swing door, canopy and areas covered by chajja or similar projections and staircases which are uncovered and open at least on three sides and also open to sky;

(d) watchmen booth, pump house, garbage shaft, electric cabin or substations, and such other utility structure meant for the services of the building under construction;

'(xxxvi) “Cul-de-sac” means such means of access having length upto 150 meter with an additional turning space not less than 81 square meters in area having no dimension less than 9 meter.;

(xxxvii) “damp-proof course” means course consisting of some appropriate water proofing material provided to prevent penetration of dampness;

(xxxviii) “detached building” means a building whose walls and roof are independent of any other building with open spaces on all sides;

(xxxix) “Developer” means,— (a) a person who constructs or causes to be constructed an independent building or a building consisting of apartments or converts an existing building or a part thereof into apartments for the purpose of selling all or some of the apartments to other persons and includes his assignees; or

(b) a person who develops land into a project, whether or not the person also constructs structures on any of the plots, for the purpose of selling to other persons all or some of the plots in the said project, whether with or without structures thereon; or

(c) any other person who acts himself as a builder, coloniser, contractor, promoter, estate developer or by any other name or claims to be acting as the holder of a power of attorney from the owner of the land on which the building or apartment is constructed or plot is developed for sale; or

d) such other person who constructs any building or apartment for sale to the general public; or

(e) the Authority or any other public body in respect of allottees of buildings or apartments, as the case may be, constructed by the Authority or such body on lands owned by them or placed at their disposal by the Government, for the purpose of selling all, or some of, the apartments or plots; or

(f) an apex State level co-operative housing finance society and a primary co-operative housing society which constructs apartments or buildings for its Members or in respect of the allottees of such apartments or buildings; (xl) “deviation” means any construction made in departure from the approved plan by way of alterations or additions, modifications in the total floor area, coverage, floor area ratio (FAR), setbacks, height, parking space or provision of public utilities etc.;

(xli) “drain” means a line of pipes including all fittings and equipment such as manholes, inspection chamber, traps, gullies and floor traps used for the drainage of a building or a number of buildings or yards appurtenant to the buildings within the same cartilage and includes open channels used for conveying surface water;

(xlii) “drainage” means the removal of any liquid by a system constructed for purpose;

(xliii) “dwelling unit” means an independent housing unit with facilities for living, cooking and sanitary requirements;

(xliv) “educational building” means a building exclusively used for a school or college recognized by the appropriate Board or University or any other Competent Authority involving assembly for instruction, education or recreation incidental to educational use including quarters for essential staff required to reside in the premises, and building used as a hostel captive to an educational institution whether situated in its campus or outside and a building for such other uses as research institution;

(xlv) “enclosed stair-case” means a stair-case, separated by fire resistant walls from the rest of the building;

(xlvi) “encroachment” means an act to enter into the possession or rights either of permanent or temporary nature on a land or built-up property of local body or State or Central Government;

(xlvii) “EWS House” means a house or dwelling unit intended for Economically Weaker Sections with a carpet area of minimum 21 square meters and maximum 30 square meters or as decided by the State Government, from time to time;

(xlviii) “EWS Plot” means a residential plot intended for Economically Weaker Sections having plot area of minimum 30 square meters or more and less than 50 square meters or as decided by the State Government, from time to time;

(xlix) “existing building” means a building, structure or its use, as sanctioned, approved or regularized by the Competent Authority existing before the commencement of these rules; (l) “existing use” in relation to use, means a building or structure existing with due approval of the Authority before the commencement of these rules;

(li) “exit” means a passage, channel or means of egress from any building, storey or floor area to a street or other open space of safety;

(lii) “external wall” means an outer wall of a building even though adjoining to a wall of another building and also means a wall abutting on an interior open space of a building;

(liii) “Farm house” means a plot of land including construction thereon in the area designated for agricultural use by the Authority;

(liv) “Farm shed” shall include permanent or temporary structures erected in the plot used for farmhouse

(lv) “Fire Alarm System” means a system of arrangement of call joints or detectors, sounders and other equipments for the transmission and indication of alarm and sometimes used as signals for testing of circuits and whenever required for the operation of auxiliary services and such device may work, automatically or manually, to alert the occupants in the event of fire;

(lvi) “fire lift” means lift specially designed for use by fire service personnel in the event of fire;

(lvii) “Fire Proof Door” means a door or shutter fitted to a wall opening, and constructed and erected with the requirement to check the transmission of heat and fire for a specified period;

(lviii) “Fire Resisting Material” means the material which is normally used for fire resistance;

(lix) “floor” means the lower surface in a storey on which one normally walks in a building;

(lx) “Floor Area” or “Built-up Area” means the total covered area on all floors of a house; (lxi) “Floor Area Ratio” (FAR) means the ratio obtained by dividing total covered area on all the floors by the area of the plot;

(lxii) “footing” means the part of a structure, which is in direct contact with the ground and transmitting loads to the ground;

(lxiii) “Form” means a form appended to these rules;

(lxiv) “foundation” means that part of a structure, which is in direct contact with and meant for transmitting loads to the ground;

(lxv) “gallery” means an intermediate floor or platform projecting from a wall of an auditorium or a hall providing extra floor area, additional seating accommodation, etc and shall also include structures provided for seating in stadia;

(lxvi) “garage-private” means a building or a portion thereof designed for parking of privately owned motor vehicles or any other vehicles;

(lxvii) “garage-public” means a building or a portion thereof designed or used for repairing, servicing, hiring, selling or parking of motor driven or any other vehicles;

(lxviii) “ground floor” means the storey, which has its floor surface nearest to the ground around the building;

(lxix) “Group Housing” means premises comprising an area of 4000 square meters or more and where land is owned collectively by a society or otherwise and where construction is taken up by a single agency;

(lxx) “habitable room” means a room having area of not less than 9.0 square meters, width 2.4 meters (min.), height 2.75 meters (min.) occupied or designed for occupancy by one or more persons for study, living, sleeping, eating, cooking if it is used as a living room, but does not include bathrooms, water closet compartments, laundries, serving and storage pantries, corridors, cellars, attics and spaces that are not used frequently or during extended periods;

(lxxi) “Hazardous Building” means a building or part of a building which is used for the storage, handling, manufacture or processing of highly combustible or explosive materials or products which are liable to burn with extreme rapidity or producing poisonous fumes, or the storage, handling, manufacturing or processing of which involves highly corrosive, toxic, obnoxious alkalis, acids or other liquids, gases or chemicals, producing flame, fumes and explosion, poisonous irritant or corrosive gasses and for the storage, handling or processing of any material producing explosive mixture of dust or which result in the division of matter into fine particles subject to spontaneous ignition and includes petrol filling stations;

(lxxii) “Hazardous and obnoxious industry” means industry which creates nuisance to the surrounding development in the form of smell, smoke, gas, dust, air pollution, water pollution and other unhygienic conditions;

(lxxiii) “Hazardous material” means— (a) radioactive substances;

(b) material which is highly combustible or explosive or which may produce poisonous fumes explosive emanations, or storage, handling, processing or manufacturing of which may involve highly corrosive, toxic, obnoxious alkalis or acids or other liquids; (c) other liquids or chemicals producing flame, fumes, explosive, poisonous, irritant or corrosive gases or which may produce explosive mixtures of dust or fine particles capable of spontaneous ignition;

(lxxiv) “Heritage Zone” means the area as delineated in the development plan or notified by the Authority under these rules;

(lxxv) “High Rise Building” means a building whose height is 15 meters or more, measured from the average level of the centre line of the street on which the site abuts;

(lxxvi) “Hotel building” or “Hotel premises” means a premises having minimum 10 lettable rooms for lodging of and boarding of 15 persons or more on short / long term basis; (lxxvii) "Housing Project" means housing complex on plotted developments or having multiple apartment blocks;

(lxxviii) “illuminated exit signs” means a device for indicating the means of escape during normal circumstances and power failure;

(lxxix) “industrial building” means a building or part of a building in which products or materials of all kind and properties are fabricated, assembled or processed such as assembly plants, laboratories, power plants, smoke houses, refineries, gas plants, mills, dairies or factories;

(lxxx) “institutional building” means a building constructed by Government, SemiGovernment Organizations or Registered Trusts, buildings used for medical or other treatment, Research and Training Centre, Public or Semi Public offices, Hospitals, Dispensaries, nursing homes, poly clinics and Health Centers or for an auditorium or complex for cultural and allied activities or care of orphans, abandoned women, children and infants, convalescents, destitute or aged persons and for penal or correctional detention with restricted liberty of the inmates ordinarily providing sleeping accommodation and includes dharamshalas, hospitals, sanatoria, custodial and penal institutions such as jails, prisons, mental hospitals, houses of correction, detention and reformatories etc.;

(lxxxi) “Jhamp” means a downward vertical or sloping projection hanging below the balcony to provide protection from direct sun or rain;

(lxxxii) “Katra” or “Chawl” means a building so constructed as to be suitable for living in separate tenements each consisting a single room, or of two, but not more than two rooms and with common sanitary arrangements;

(lxxxiii) “Land Use Zone” or “LUZ” means use assigned to a particular plot of land in the Development Plan or Town Planning Schemes as prepared under the Act;

(lxxxiv) “Latrine-connected” means a latrine connected to the municipal sewer system;

(lxxxv) “Latrine-unconnected” means a latrine not connected to the municipal sewer system but it may be connected to a septic tank or suitable treatment or disposal system;

(lxxxvi) “Layout” includes sub-divisional layout and site layout;

(lxxxvii) “Ledge” or “Tand” means a shelf-like projection supported in any manner whatsoever, except by means of vertical supports within a room itself but not having projection wider than 1.0 meter and at a minimum clear height of 2.1 meters from the floor level;

(lxxxviii) “LIG House” means a house or dwelling unit intended for low-income groups with a carpet area of minimum 31 square meters and maximum 60 square meters or as specified by the State Government, from time to time;

(lxxxix) “LIG Plot” means a residential plot intended for low income groups with a plot area of minimum 50 square meters and maximum 100 square meters or as specified by the State Government, from time to time;

(xc) “Loft” means an intermediate floor between two floors or a residual space in a pitched roof, above normal floor level with a maximum height of 1.5 meters and which is constructed or adopted for storage purposes;

(xci) “masonry” means an assemblage of masonry units properly bonded together with mortar;

(xcii) “Mezzanine Floor” means an intermediate floor between two floors, above ground level, accessible only from the lower floor;

(xciii) “MIG House” means a house or dwelling unit intended for middle-income groups with a carpet area of more than 60 square meters and maximum 100 square meters or as specified by the State Government, from time to time;

(xciv) “mitigation” means measures taken in advance of a disaster aimed at minimizing or eliminating its impact on society and on environment including preparedness and prevention;

(xcv) “mixed land use” means mixed use of the building or premises as per provisions of these rules;

(xcvi) "mixed use building" means a building partly used for non-residential activities and partly for residential purpose;

(xcvii) “multi-level car parking building” means a building partly below ground level having two or more basements or above ground level, primarily to be used for parking of cars, scooters or any other type of light motorized vehicles;

(xcviii) “mumty” or “stair cover” means a structure with a covering roof over staircase and its landing built to enclose only the stairs for the purpose of providing protection from weather and not used for human habitation;

(xcix) “natural hazard prone areas” means areas likely to have moderate to high intensity earthquake or cyclonic storm or significant flood flow or inundation or landslides or mud flows or avalanches, or one or more of these hazards; Note: Moderate to very high damage risk zones of earthquakes are shown in Seismic Zones III, IV and V specified in IS:1893; moderate to very high damage risk zones of cyclones are those areas along the sea coast of India prone to having wind velocities of 39 m/s or more as specified in IS:875(Part 3;) and flood prone areas in river plains (unprotected and protected) are indicated in the Flood Atlas of India prepared by the Central Water Commission, besides, other areas which can be flooded under conditions of heavy intensity rains, inundation in depressions, back flow in drains, inadequate drainage, etc. as identified through local surveys in the development plan of the area and landslide prone areas as identified by State Government or Land surveys;

(c) “non-combustible material” means a material, which does not burn nor add heat to a fire when tested for combustibility in accordance with good practice;

(ci) “non-conforming use” means the use of a building or land existing at the time of commencement of these rules and which does not conform to the zoning regulations pertaining to the land-use zone in which it is located;

(cii) “nursing home” means an establishment which is defined as such under any Act or guidelines of Health and Family Welfare Department of State Government;

(ciii) “occupancy or use” means the principal occupancy for which a building or a part of a building is used or intended to be used;

(civ) “open space”,—

(a) with respect to a plot, means an area forming an integral part of the plot, left open to the sky;

(b) with respect to a lay-out, means community open spaces reserved for recreational purposes such as parks, playground, tot-lots, etc;

(c) with respect to the Development Plans, means a land-use demarcated as such in the Development Plan;

(cv) “overlay rules” means rules mentioned as such under these rules for specific purpose or area or zone, which shall supersede all other corresponding provisions of these rules to the extent provided in such overlay rules;

(cvi) “parapet” means a low wall or railing built along the edge of a roof or a floor having a minimum height of 1.0 meter;

(cvii) “parking space” means an area enclosed or unenclosed, covered or open, of sufficient size to park vehicles, together with a driveway connecting the parking space with a street or any public area and permitting ingress and egress of the vehicles;

(cviii) “partition” means an interior non-load bearing wall, one storey or part of a storey in height;

(cix) “performance security” means a security deposit to be deposited with the Authority by the Builder or Developer or Applicant, as the case maybe, as per provision of these rules;

cx) “permit” means a permission or authorization given by the Authority in writing to carry out the development as regulated by these rules.

(cxi) “plantation” means plantation of plants and trees;

(cxii) “plinth” means the portion of a structure between the surface of the surrounding ground and the surface floor, immediately above the ground;

(cxiii) “plinth area” means the built up area measured at the floor level of ground floor;

(cxiv) “porch” means a covered surface supported on pillar or otherwise for the purpose of pedestrian or vehicular approach to a building;

(cxv) “public utilities” or “public utility service” means drainage, sewerage, electricity, water supply, solid waste disposal, sanitation, fire services, roads and any other support or infrastructure and the like for which a building has to depend on public bodies, authorities or agencies;

(cxvi) “purchasable FAR” means the Floor Area Ratio (FAR) which may be allowed to the applicant above the base FAR and upto the maximum permissible FAR in absence of TDR certificate and shall on payment of such charges as may be notified by the Authority;

(cxvii) “ramp” means a passage with gradual slope joining two level surfaces; (cxviii) “real estate development” means development undertaken for sale;

(cxix) “residential building” means a building in which sleeping accommodation is provided for normal residential purpose with or without cooking or dining or both facilities and includes one or two or multi-family dwelling dormitories, apartment houses, flats and hostels;

(cxx) “Resident’s Welfare Association” or “RWA” means an association, formed under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 or under Odisha Apartment Ownership Act, 1982 or any other provision of law prescribed in this regard, of the group of residents of a particular defined locality which may include Housing Projects, residential township or any such inhabited areas, for representation of its residents and for improvement and maintenance or upkeep of infrastructure of such locality or residential areas;

(cxxi) “road” means any access, that it is to say, highway, street, lane, pathway, alley, or bridge, whether a thoroughfare or not, over which the public have right of passage or access or have passed and had access uninterruptedly for a specified period and includes all bunds, channels, ditches, storm water drains, culverts, side tracks, traffic islands, road side trees and hedges, retaining walls, fences barriers and railings within the road line;

(cxxii) “road width” or “width of road or street” or “Right of Way of road or street” means the whole extent of space within the boundaries of a road when applied to a new road or street as laid down in the city survey or development plan or prescribed road lines by any act of law and measured at right angles to the course or intended course of direction of such road;

(cxxiii) “room height” means the vertical distance measured from the finished floor level to the finished ceiling;

(cxxiv) “Row Housing” means a row of contiguous houses with only front and rear open spaces; (cxxv) “section” means section of the Act; (cxxvi) “semi-detached building” means building detached on three sides (front, rear and side) with open spaces as specified under these rules;

(cxxvii) ‘service floor’ means a storey of maximum 2.40 mtrs. height below the beam between any two storeys above ground floor to be allowed in case of more than four storied buildings for running electrical cables, water or sewerage lines, service ducts or AC ducts and services and their maintenance only;

(cxxviii) “service lane” means a lane provided at rear or side of a plot for service purposes;

(cxxix) “service road” means a road or lane provided at the front, rear or side of a plot for service purpose;

(cxxx) “set back” means the distance between the plinth lines of the building and the boundary of the plot;

(cxxxi) “settlement” means a human settlement, whether urban or rural in character which includes inhabited villages, towns, townships, cities and the notified areas which is under the jurisdiction of the Authority;

(cxxxii) “side depth” means horizontal distance between the front and rear side boundaries;

(cxxxiii) “site” means a parcel or piece of land enclosed by definite boundaries;

(cxxxiv) “site with double frontage” means a site having frontage on two streets other than corner plot

 (cxxxv) “site layout” means carving out a final plot from a parcel of land, comprising of one or more than one revenue plots into a buildable site with a provision for streets giving adequate access to the proposed site, other boundary plots and roads and drains as per development plan leaving a common plot for common utilities and other public infrastructure development.

(cxxxvi) “smoke stop door” means a door for preventing or checking the spread of smoke from one area to another;

(cxxxvii) "special building" means all buildings like assembly, industrial, buildings used for wholesale establishments, hotels, hostels, hazardous, mixed occupancies with any of the aforesaid occupancies and centrally air conditioned buildings having total built up area exceeding 500 square meters;

cxxxviii) “spiral staircase” means a staircase forming continuous winding curve round a central point or axis provided in an open space having tread without risers;

(cxxxix) “stilt floor” means a floor supported by pillars with all four sides open to be used for parking, switch room, generator room, society room and information room with minimum height of 2.4 meter;

(cxl) “storage building” means to a building or part of building used primarily for the storage or sheltering of goods, storehouses, hangers, terminal depot, grain elevators, barn or stables;

(cxli) “storage space” means a space where goods of non-hazardous nature are stored and includes cold storage and banking safe vaults;

(cxlii) “store room” means a room used as storage;

(cxliii) “storey” means the space between the surface of any floor and the surface of the floor next above it, or if there be no floor above it then the space between any floor and the ceiling next above it, but shall not include a mezzanine floor;

(cxliv) “Sub-divisional layout” means division of a plot or parcel of land, with or without amalgamation of revenue plots, into two or more final plots after providing for streets, roads and drains as per development plan, right of way for utilities, common plot, open space etc. as per norms specified;

(cxlv) “Supervisor” means a person having Diploma in Architectural Assistantship or Diploma in Civil Engineering or equivalent qualification;

(cxlvi) “tenements” means room or rooms in the occupation of , or meant for the occupation of one tenement;

(cxlvii) “Through Block Linkage” means a non-motorised, open-to-sky public path or walkway within the block (i.e., land parcel, defined by public streets on all sides) to provide shorter access to pedestrians and Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) and to improve walkability;

(cxlviii) “to abut” means to abut on a road so that any portion of the building is on the road boundary;

(cxlix) “transit priority corridors” means major public streets which will be prioritized by public agencies for providing public transport systems including mass transit systems;

(cl) “unauthorized construction” means the erection or re-erection, addition or alternation which is not approved or sanctioned by the Authority;

(cli) “Underground or Overhead Tank” means an underground or overhead water tank, constructed or placed, to store water;

(clii) “unsafe building” means buildings which are structurally and constructionally unsafe or in-sanitary or do not provide adequate means of egress or which constitute fire hazard or are otherwise dangerous to human life or property or which, in relation to existing use, constitute a hazard to safety, health or public welfare by reason of inadequate maintenance, dilapidation or abandonment;

(cliii) “ventilation” means the supply of outside air into a building through window or other openings due to wind outside and convection effects arising from temperature or vapour pressure differences (or both) between inside and outside of the building;

(cliv) “verandah” means space with at least one side open to the outside with the exception of one-meter parapet on the upper floors to be provided on the open side;

(clv) “water closet (W.C.)” means a privy with arrangement for flushing the pan with water but does not include a bath room;

(clvi) “watercourse” means a natural channel or an artificial channel formed by draining or diversion of a natural channel meant for carrying storm and wastewater;

(clvii) “Window” means an opening to the outside other than a door, which provides all or part of the required light or ventilation, or both to an interior space;

(2)Words and expressions used in these rules, but not defined, shall have the same meaning as respectively assigned to them in the Act and any other rules made thereunder or in the National Building Code of India, as amended from time to time.