Conservation of heritage sites shall include  buildings, artifacts, structures, areas and  precincts of historic, aesthetic, architectural,  cultural or environmentally significant nature  (heritage buildings and heritage precincts),  natural feature areas of environmental  significance or sites of scenic beauty. 


This regulation shall apply to heritage sites  which shall include those buildings, artifacts,  structures, streets, areas and precincts of  historic, architectural, aesthetic, cultural or  environmental value (hereinafter referred to as  Listed Heritage Buildings / Listed Heritage  Precincts) and those natural feature areas of  environmental significance or of scenic beauty  including, but not restricted to, sacred  groves, hills, hillocks, water bodies (and the  areas adjoining the same), open areas, wooded  areas, points, walks, rides, bridle paths  (hereinafter referred to as ‘listed natural  feature areas’) which shall be listed in  notification(s) to be issued by the State  Government. 

8.1.1 Definitions  

(a) “Heritage building” means and includes any  building of one or more premises or any  part thereof and/or structure and/or  artifact which requires conservation and /  or preservation for historical and / or  architectural and / or artisanary and /or  aesthetic and/or cultural and/or  environmental and/or ecological purpose  and includes such portion of land  adjoining such building or part thereof as  may be required for fencing or covering or  in any manner preserving the historical  and/or architectural and/or aesthetic  and/or cultural value of such building. 

(b) “Heritage Precincts” means and includes  any space that requires conservation and  /or preservation for historical and / or  architectural and/or aesthetic and/or  cultural and/or environmental and/or  ecological purpose.  Walls or other  boundaries of a particular area or place  or building or may enclose such space by  an imaginary line drawn around it. 

(c) “Conservation” means all the processes of  looking after a place so as to retain its  historical and/or architectural and/or  aesthetic and/or cultural significance and  includes maintenance, preservation,  restoration, reconstruction and adoption or a combination of more than one of  these. 

(d) “Preservation” means and includes  maintaining the fabric of a place in its  existing state and retarding  deterioration. 

(e) “Restoration” means and includes returning  the existing fabric of a place to a known  earlier state by removing accretions or by  reassembling existing components without  introducing new materials. 

(f) “Reconstruction” means and includes returning a place as nearly as possible to  a known earlier state and distinguished by  the introduction of materials (new or old)  into the fabric.  This shall not include  either recreation or conjectural  reconstruction.


It shall be the duty of the owners of heritage  buildings and buildings in heritage precincts  or in heritage streets to carry out regular  repairs and maintenance of the buildings.  The  State Government, the Local Bodies and  Authorities concerned shall not be responsible  for such repair and maintenance except for the  buildings owned by the Government and the Urban  Local Bodies.  


(i) No development or redevelopment or  engineering operation or additions /  alterations, repairs, renovations including  painting of the building, replacement of  special features or plastering or demolition  of any part thereof of the said listed  buildings or listed precincts or listed  natural feature areas shall be allowed except  with the prior permission of Commissioner,  Urban Local Bodies/Authority.  Before  granting such permission, the agency  concerned shall consult the Heritage  Conservation Committee to be appointed by the  State Government and shall act in according  with the advice of the Heritage Conservation  Committee. 

(ii) Provided that, before granting any permission  for demolition or major alterations /  additions to listed buildings (or buildings  within listed streets or precincts), or  construction at any listed natural features,  or alteration of boundaries of any listed  natural feature areas, objections and  suggestions from the public shall be invited  and shall be considered by the Heritage  Conservation Committee. 

(iii) Provided that, only in exceptional cases,  for reasons to be recorded in writing, the  Commissioner, Urban Local Bodies/ Authority  may refer the matter back to the Heritage  Conservation Committee for reconsideration.   However, the decision of the Heritage  Conservation Committee after such  reconsideration shall be final and binding. 


Violation of the regulations shall be  punishable under the provisions regarding  unauthorized development.  In case of proved  deliberate neglect of and/or damage to Heritage  Buildings and Heritage Precincts, or if the  building is allowed to be damaged or destroyed  due to neglect or any other reason, in addition  to penal action provided under the concerned  Act, no permission to construct any new  building shall be granted on the site if a  Heritage Building or Building in a Heritage  Precinct is damaged or pulled down without  appropriate permission from Commissioner, Urban  Local Bodies/Authority.  It shall be open to the Heritage Conservation  Committee to consider a request for re building/reconstruction of a Heritage Building  that was unauthorizedly demolished or damaged,  provided that the total built-up area in all  floors put together in such new construction is  not in excess of the total built-up area in all  floors put together in the original Heritage  Building in the same form and style in addition  to other controls that may be specified.  

The list of heritage sites including Heritage  Buildings, Heritage Precincts and listed Natural  Features Areas is to be prepared and  supplemented by the Commissioner, Urban Local Bodies / Authority on the advice of the Heritage  Conservation Committee.  Before being finalized,  objections and suggestions of the public are to  be invited and considered.  The said list to  which the regulation applies shall not form part  of this regulation for the purpose of Building Bye-laws.  The list may be supplemented from  time to time by Government on receipt of  proposal from the agency concerned or by  Government suo moto provided that before the  list is supplemented, objections and suggestions  from the public be invited and duly considered  by the Commissioner, Urban Local Bodies,/  Authority and the Heritage Conservation  Committee.

When a building or group of buildings or natural  feature areas are listed it would automatically  mean (unless otherwise indicated) that the entire  property including its entire compound / plot boundary along with all the subsidiary structures  and artifacts, etc. within the compound/plot  boundary, etc. shall form part of list. 


On the advice of the said Heritage Conservation Committee to be  appointed by the Government and for reasons to be recorded in  writing, the Commissioner, Urban Local Bodies/ Authority shall  follow the procedure as per Urban & Country Planning Act, 2007 to  alter, modify or relax the Development Control Norms prescribed in  the Master Plan, if required, for the conservation or preservation or  retention of historic or aesthetic or cultural or architectural or  environmental quality of any heritage site.


In cases of streets, precincts, areas and (where deemed necessary by  the Heritage Conservation Committee) natural feature areas notified,  development permissions shall be granted in accordance with the 
special separate regulation prescribed for respective streets, precincts /  natural feature areas which shall be framed by the Commissioner,  Urban Local Bodies / Authority on the advice of the Heritage  Conservation Committee.  

Before finalizing the special separate  regulations for precincts, streets, natural  features, areas, the draft of the same shall be  published in the Official Gazette and in leading  newspapers for the purpose of inviting  objections and suggestions from the public.  All  objections and suggestions received within a  period of 30 days from the date of publication in  the official gazette shall be considered by the  Commissioner, Urban Local Bodies/ Authority  and Heritage Conservation Committee.  

After consideration of the above suggestions and objections, the  agency concerned, acting on the advice of the Heritage Conservation  Committee shall modify (if necessary) the aforesaid draft separate  regulations for streets, precincts, areas and natural features and forward  the same to Government for notification


Widening of the existing roads under the Master Plan of the City or  Town / Zonal Development Plan or in the Layout Plan shall be carried  out considering the existing heritage buildings (even if they are not  included in a Heritage Precinct) or which may affect listed natural  features areas.  


In cases of buildings located in non-commercial  use zones included in the Heritage  Conservation List, if the owner / owners agree  to maintain the listed heritage building as it is in  the existing state and to preserve its heritage  state with due repairs and the owner / owners /  lessees give a written undertaking to that effect,  the owner / owners / lessees may be allowed  with the approval of the Heritage Conservation  Committee within permissible use zone to  convert part or whole thereof of the non commercial area within such a heritage building  to commercial/office use/hotel.  Provided that if  the heritage building is not maintained suitably  or if the heritage value of the building is spoiled  in any manner, the commercial / office / hotel  use shall be disallowed. 


After the guidelines are framed, buildings within heritage precincts or  in the vicinity of heritage sites shall maintain the skyline in the precinct  and follow the architectural style (without any high-rise or multi storeyed development) as may be existing in the surrounding area, so  as not to diminish or destroy the value and beauty of or the view from  the said heritage sites.  The development within the precinct or in the  vicinity of heritage sites shall be in accordance with the guidelines  framed by the Commissioner, Urban Local Bodies/Authority and the  advice of the Heritage Conservation Committee or separate regulations  / guidelines, if any, prescribed for respective zones by Urban Local  Bodies / Authority.  


Restrictions existing as imposed under  covenants, terms and conditions on the  leasehold plots either by the State Government  or Urban Local Bodies of the city/town or by  Authority shall continue to be imposed in  addition to Development Control Regulations.   However, in case of any conflict with the  heritage preservation interest/environmental  conservation, this Heritage Regulation shall  prevail.  


Listed Heritage Buildings / Listed Heritage Precincts may be graded  into three categories.  The definition of these and basic guidelines for  development permissions are as follows:  

Listing does not prevent change of ownership or usage.  However,  change of use of such Listed Heritage Building / Listed Precincts shall not be permitted without prior approval of the Heritage Conservation  Committee.  Use should be in harmony with the said listed heritage  site.  

Grade-I Grade-II Grade-III
(A) Definition
Heritage Grade-I
comprises buildings
and precincts of
national or historic
importance, embodying
excellence in
architectural style,
design, technology and
material usage and/or
aesthetics; they may be
associated with a great
historic event,
personality, movement
or institution. They
have been and are the
prime landmarks of the
All natural sites shall fall
within Grade-I.
Heritage Grade-II (A&B)
comprises of buildings and
precincts of regional or local
importance possessing
special architectural or
aesthetic merit, or cultural or
historical significance though
of a lower scale than Heritage
Grade-I. They are local
landmarks, which contribute
to the image and identity of
the region. They may be the
work of master craftsmen or
may be models of proportion
and ornamentation or
designed to suit a particular
Heritage Grade-III
comprises building and
precincts of importance for
townscape; that evoke
architectural, aesthetic, or
sociological interest though
not as much as in Heritage
Grade-II. These contribute
to determine the character of
the locality and can be
representative of lifestyle of
a particular community or
region and may also be
distinguished by setting, or
special character of the
façade and uniformity of
height, width and scale
(B) Objective:
Heritage Grade-I richly
deserves careful
Heritage Grade-II deserves
intelligent conservation.
Heritage Grade-II deserves
intelligent conservation
(though on a lesser scale
than Grade-II and special
protection to unique features
and attributes).
(C) Scope for Changes:
No interventions be
permitted either on exterior
or interior of the heritage
building or natural features
unless it is necessary in the
interest of strengthening and
prolonging the life of the
buildings/or precincts or any
part or features thereof. For
this purpose, absolutely
essential and minimum
changes would be allowed
and they must be in
conformity with the
Grade-II(A): Internal changes
and adaptive re-use may by
and large be allowed but
subject to strict scrutiny.
Care would be taken to
ensure the conservation of all
special aspects for which it is
included in Heritage Grade-
Grade-II(B): In addition to
the above, extension or
additional building in the
same plot or compound could
in certain circumstances, be
allowed provided that the
extension / additional
building is in harmony with
(and does not detract from)
the existing heritage
building(s) or precincts
especially in terms of height
and façade.
Internal changes and
adaptive re-use may by and
large be allowed. Changes
can include extensions and
additional buildings in the
same plot or compound.
However, any changes
should be such that they are
in harmony with and should
be such that they do not
detract from the existing
heritage building/precinct
(D) Procedure:
Development permission for
the changes would be given
on the advice of the
Heritage Conservation
Development permission for
the changes would be given
on the advice of the Heritage
Conservation Committee.
Development permission for
changes should be given on
the advice of the Heritage
Conservation Committee.


Nothing mentioned above should be deemed to confer a right on the  owner / occupier of the plot to demolish or reconstruct or make  alterations to his heritage building / buildings in a heritage precinct or  on a natural heritage site if in the opinion of the Heritage Conservation  Committee, such demolition / reconstruction /alteration is undesirable.  


The Heritage Conservation Committee shall have the powers to direct,  especially in areas designated by them, that the exterior design and  height of buildings should have their approval to preserve the beauty of  the area.


Commissioner, Urban Local Bodies / Authority on  the advice of the Heritage Conservation  Committee shall frame regulations or guidelines  to regulate signs, outdoor display structures  and street furniture on heritage sites.  


The Heritage Conservation Committee shall be appointed by the State  Government comprising of: 

(i) Secretary (UD,  Housing and Town Planning)  Chairman 

(ii)   Chief Town Planner/ Director, Town Planning  Member  Secretary 

(iii)  Structural Engineer having experience of ten years in the field and  membership of the Institution of Engineers, India        Member 

(iv) Senior Architect PWD,AP registered with the Council Of  Architecture Member 

(v) Environmentalist having in-depth knowledge and experience of  10 years of the subject Member 

(vi) Historian having knowledge of the region having 10 years  experience in the field Member 

(vii) Town Planner with valid registration.Member 

(viii)    Representative of State Archeological Department  Member
(a) The Committee shall have the powers to co-opt upto three  additional members who may have related experience. 

(b) The tenure of the Chairman and Members other than  Government Department / Local Bodies shall be three  years.  

The terms of reference of the Committee shall  inter alia be:

(i) to advice the Commissioner, Urban Local Bodies/Authority  whether development permission is to be granted under Building  Bye-laws No.8.3 and the conditions of  permission  (vide BBL No.  8); 

(ii) to prepare a supplementary list of heritage sites, which include  buildings artifacts, structures, streets, areas, precincts of historic,  aesthetic, architectural, cultural, or environmental significance and  a supplementary list of natural feature areas of environmental  significance, scenic beauty including but not restricted to sacred  groves, hills, hillocks, water bodies (and the areas adjoining the  same), open areas, wooded areas, points, walks, rides, bridle paths  etc. to which this Building Bye-Law shall apply. 

(iii) to advise whether any relaxation, modification, alteration, or  variance of any of the Building Bye-laws be made. 

(iv) to frame special regulations / guidelines for precincts and if  necessary for natural feature areas to advise the Commissioner,  Urban Local Bodies/ Authority regarding the same; 

(v) to advise whether to allow commercial / office/ hotel use in the  (name of the areas) and when to terminate the same; 

(vi) to advise the Commissioner, Urban Local Bodies / Authority in the  operation of this Building Bye-laws to regulate or  eliminate/erection of outside advertisements/bill boards/street  furniture; 

(vii) to recommend guidelines to the Commissioner, Urban Local  Bodies / Authority to be adopted by those private parties or public /  Government agencies who sponsor beautification schemes at  heritage sites; 

(viii) to prepare special designs and guidelines / publications for listed  buildings, control of height and essential façade characteristics  such as maintenance of special types of balconies and other  heritage items of the buildings and to suggest suitable designs  adopting appropriate materials for replacement keeping the old  form intact to the extent possible. 

(ix) to prepare guidelines relating to design elements and conservation  principles to be adhered to and to prepare other guidelines for the purposes of this Regulation; 

(x) to advise the Commissioner, Urban Local Bodies / Authority on  any other issues as may be required from time to time during  course of scrutiny of development permissions and in overall  interest of heritage / conservation; 

(xi) to appear before the Government either independently or through  representatives or on behalf of the Commissioner, Urban Local  Bodies / Authority in cases of Appeals under Municipal Law/ Act in cases of listed buildings / heritage buildings and listed precincts /  heritage precincts and listed natural feature areas. 


The Regulations do not amount to any blanket prevention of  demolition or of changes to Heritage Buildings.  The only requirement  is to obtain clearance from the Commissioner, Urban Local Bodies/  Authority and Heritage Conservation Committee for demolition or  changes of Heritage Buildings from heritage point of view.  


Sale and purchase of Heritage Buildings does not require any  permission from  Municipality/ Authority/or Heritage Conservation  Committee.  The Regulations do not affect the ownership or usage.   However, such usage should be in harmony with the said listed  precincts / buildings.  Care will be taken to ensure that the  development permission relating to these buildings is given within 60  days.  



 Subject to various provisions in previous Chapters, the following  additional features are incorporated in the Bye-laws. These additional  provisions should be notified under the relevant provision of the  applicable legislation in this behalf. 


 (i) Additions and /or Alterations Means any change in existing authorized building or change  from one use to another use, or a structural change such as  additions to the area or height, or the removal of part of a  building, or a change to the structure such as the construction or  cutting into or removal of any structural wall or part of a  structural wall, column, beam, joist, floor including a  mezzanine floor or other support. The addition to any existing  structure shall only be permitted if it complies with the  provisions of these Bye-laws. 

(ii)  Building Means all types of permanent building defined below, but  structure of temporary nature like tents, hutment as well as  shamianas erected for temporary purposes for ceremonial  occasions, with the permission of the Competent Authority,  shall not be considered to be "buildings".  Definition of building shall also include "Unsafe Building"  means a building which, 

- is structurally unsafe, 

- is insanitary, 

- is not provided with adequate means of egress, 

- constitutes a fire hazard, 

- in relation to its existing use constitutes a hazard to  safety or health or 

- public welfare by reasons of inadequate maintenance,  dilapidation or abandonment. 

(iii) Natural Hazard means The probability of occurrence, within a specific period of time  in a given area, of a potentially damaging natural phenomenon. 

(iv) Natural Hazard Prone Areas means  Areas likely to have moderate to high intensity of earthquake,  or cyclonic storm, or significant flood flow or inundation, or  land slides/mud flows/avalanches, or one or more of these  hazards. 


 Moderate to very high damage risk zones of earthquakes  are as 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 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 / Land surveys. 

(v) Lifeline Building mean

  Those buildings which are of post earthquake importance such  as hospital building, power house building, telephone exchange  building and the like. 

(vi) Special Building mean

 Those buildings housing large gathering at a time such as  cinemas, theatres, meeting halls, assembly halls, lecture halls,  town halls and the like. 

(vii) Retrofitting

 Means upgrading the strength of an unsafe building by using  suitable engineering techniques. 

(viii) Quality Control means

 Related to construction quality and to control of variation in the  material properties and structural adequacy. In case of concrete,  it is the control of accuracy of all operations which affect the  consistency and strength of concrete, batching, mixing,  transporting, placing, curing and testing. 

(ix) Quality Audit means 

Third party quality audit for an independent assessment of the  quality and seismic or cyclone resistant features of all the high rise buildings in earthquake zone IV and V and coastal areas of  the country. The quality audit report shall consist of  conformance or non-conformance of structures with the  technical specifications for earthquake and cyclone resistance  and to suggest remedies/ rectification if any. 

(x) Quality Assurance means 

All planned and systematic actions necessary to ensure that the  final product i.e.structure or structural elements will perform  satisfactorily in service life. 

(xi) Compliance means 

The verification of the properties of construction materials  based on test data and verification of the strength and structural  adequacy for various components of buildings and  structures.meets with the required standard.  

(xii)  Non-Structural Component means 

Those components of buildings which do not contribute  to the structural stability such as infill walls in RCC.  framed buildings, glass panes, claddings, parapet walls,  chimneys etc.  


9.3.1  Requirements of Site 

(i) No earthquake prove or cyclonic zone land shall be used as a site  for the construction of building, if the site is found to be liable to  liquefaction by the Competent Authority under the earthquake  intensity of the area, except where appropriate protection measures  are taken

(ii) If the Competent Authority finds that the proposed development  falls in the area liable to storm surge during cyclone, except where  protection measures are adopted to prevent storm surge damage. 

9.3.2  Requirement of Site Plan 

(i) In hilly terrain, the site plan should include location of land slide  prone areas, if any, on or near the site, detected during  reconnaissance. The Authority in such case shall cause to ensure  that the site is away from such land slide prone areas. 

(ii) The site plan on a sloping site may also include proposals for  diversion of the natural flow of water coming from uphill side of  the building away from the foundation.  


9.4 .1  Grant or Refusal of the Permission for Development  On receipt of the application for Development Permission, the  Competent Authority after making such inquiry and clearance from  such an expert whenever considered necessary for the safety of  building, as it thinks fit may communicate its decisions granting with  or without condition including condition of submission of detailed  working drawing/ structural drawing along with soil investigation  report before the commencement of the work or refusing permission to  the applicant as per the provisions of the Bye-Laws. On receipt of the  application for Development Permission, the Competent Authority  after making such inquiry as he thinks fit may communicate its  decisions granting or refusing permission to the applicant as per the  provisions of the Bye-Lays. The permission may be granted with or  without conditions or subject to any general or special orders made by  the State Government in this behalf. 

The Development permission shall be in No. Form 5 and it should be  issued by an officer authorized by the Competent Authority in this  behalf. Every order granting permission subject to conditions or  refusing permission shall state the grounds for imposing such  conditions or for such refusal. 

9.4.2 Exception for Small Building 

The Competent Authority, however, may consider to grant exemption  for submission of working drawing, structural drawing and soil  investigation report in case the Competent Authority is satisfied that in 
the area where the proposed construction is to be taken, similar types  of structure and soil investigation reports are already available on  record and such request is from an individual owner/developer, having  plot of not more than 500 sq mt. in size and for a maximum 3 storied  residential building. 

If the local site conditions do not require any soil testing or if a soil  testing indicates that no special structural design is required, a small  building having up to ground + 2 floors, having load bearing structure,  may be constructed. 

If the proposed small house is to be constructed with load bearing type  masonry construction technique, where no structural design is  involved, no certificate from a Structural Engineer on Record will be 
required (to be attached with Appendix “A-2” However, a Structural  Design Basis Report Appendix “A-6” has to be submitted, duly filled  in.  

9.4.3  Suspension of Permission 

Development permission granted under the relevant section of the Bye  Laws shall deemed to be suspended in cases of resignation by any  professional namely Architect on Record/ Engineer on Record, 
Structural Engineer on Record, and Construction Engineer on Record,  till the new appointments are made. During this period construction  shall not be carried out at the site. Any work at site during this time  shall be treated as unauthorized development without any due  permission.  

9.4.4   Structural Deviation during Course of Construction 

Notwithstanding anything stated in the above Bye Laws  it shall be  incumbent on every person whose plans have been approved to submit  revised (amended) plans for any structural deviations he proposes to  make during the course of construction of his building work and the  procedure laid down for plans or other documents here to before shall  apply to all such Revised (amended) plans



Subject to various provisions in the previous chapters, any building  under the jurisdiction of these Bye-laws/regulations, structural design/  retrofitting shall only be carried out by a Structural Engineer or  Structural Design Agency. Proof checking of various designs/ reports  shall be carried out by the competent authority. 

 In general, the structural design of foundations, elements of masonry,  timber, plain concrete, reinforced concrete, pre-stressed concrete and  structural steel shall conform to the provisions of part VI Structural 
Design Section – 1 Loads, Section – 2 Foundation, Section – 3 Wood,  Section – 4 Masonry, Section – 5 Concrete & Section – 6 Steel of  National Building Code of India (NBC), taking into consideration the  Indian Standards as given below: 

For General Structural Safety 

1.  IS: 456:2000 “Code of Practice for Plain and Reinforced  Concrete 

2.   IS: 800-1984 “Code of Practice for General Construction in  Steel 

3.  IS: 801-1975 “Code of Practice for Use of Cold Formal Light  Gauge Steel Structural Members in General Building  Construction 

4.  IS 875 ( Part 2):1987Design loads ( other than earthquake ) for  buildings  and structures Part2 Imposed Loads 

5.  IS 875 (Part 3):1987Design loads (other than earthquake) for  buildings     and structures Part 3 Wind Loads 

6.  IS 875 ( Part 4):1987Design loads ( other than earthquake ) for  buildings and structures Part 4 Snow Loads 

7.  IS 875 (Part 5):1987Design loads (other than earthquake) for  buildings and structures Part 5 special loads and load combination 

8.  IS: 883:1966 “Code of Practice for Design of Structural Timber  in Building 

9.  IS: 1904:1987 “Code of Practice for Structural Safety of  Buildings: Foundation” 

10.  IS1905:1987 “Code of Practice for Structural Safety of  Buildings: Masonry    Walls 

11.  IS 2911 (Part 1): Section 1: 1979 “Code of Practice for Design  and Construction o

Pile Foundation Section 1 

Part 1: Section 2 Based Cast-in-situ Piles 

Part 1: Section 3 Driven Precast Concrete Piles 

Part 1: Section 4 Based precast Concrete Piles 

Part 2: Timber Piles 

Part 3 Under Reamed Piles 

Part 4 Load Test on Piles 

For Cyclone/Wind Storm Protection 

12.  IS 875 (3)-1987 "Code of Practice for Design Loads (other than  Earthquake) for Buildings and Structures, Part 3, Wind Loads" 

13  Guidelines (Based on IS 875 (3)-1987) for improving the  Cyclonic Resistance of Low rise houses and other building. 

 For Earthquake Protection 

14  IS: 1893-2002 "Criteria for Earthquake Resistant Design of  Structures (Fifth Revision)" 

15  IS:13920-1993 "Ductile Detailing of Reinforced Concrete  Structures subjected to Seismic Forces - Code of Practice" 

16  IS:4326-1993 "Earthquake Resistant Design and Construction  of Buildings - Code of Practice (Second Revision)" 

17  IS:13828-1993 "Improving Earthquake Resistance of Low  Strength Masonry Buildings - Guidelines" 

18  IS:13827-1993 "Improving Earthquake Resistance of Earthen  Buildings - Guidelines", 

19  IS:13935-1993 "Repair and Seismic Strengthening of Buildings  - Guidelines" 

For Protection of Landslide Hazard 

20 IS 14458 (Part 1): 1998 Guidelines for retaining wall for hill  area: Part 1 Selection of type of wall. 

21  IS 14458 (Part 2): 1997 Guidelines for retaining wall for hill  area: Part 2 Design of Retaining/breast walls 

22  IS 14458 (Part 3): 1998 Guidelines for retaining wall for hill  area: Part 3 Construction of dry stone walls 

23  IS 14496 (Part 2): 1998 Guidelines for preparation of landslide  – Hazard zonation maps in mountainous terrains: Part 2 Macro zonation  


Whenever an Indian Standard including those referred in the National Building Code or the National Building Code is referred, the latest revision of the same shall be followed except specific criteria, if any, mentioned above against that code.   


In compliance of the design with the above Indian Standard, the  Structural Engineer will submit a structural design basis report in the  Proforma attached herewith covering the essential safety requirements  specified in the Standard. 

(i) The” Structural Design Basis Report (SDBR)”consists of four parts  (Appendix-.6) 

Part-1 - General Information/ Data 

Part-2 – Reinforced Concrete Buildings 

Part-3 - Steel Buildings 


Prior to seismic strengthening/ retrofitting of any existing structure,  evaluation of the existing structure as regards structural vulnerability in  the specified wind/ seismic hazard zone shall be carried out by a 
Registered Structural Engineer. If as per the evaluation of the  Registered Structural Engineer the seismic resistance is assessed to be  less than the specified minimum seismic resistance as given in the note  below, action will be initiated to carry out the upgrading of the seismic  resistance of the building as per applicable standard guidelines. 


 (a)     For masonry buildings reference is to be made to IS:  4326 and  IS:  13935 and 

(b)   For concrete buildings and structures reference to be made  to    

BIS code   on evaluation and seismic strengthening for  retrofitting of RCC buildings under preparation at present.  


(i) The Competent Authority shall create a Structural Design  Review Panel (SDRP) consisting of senior registered Structural  Engineers, whose task will be to review and certify the design  prepared by Structural Engineer on record, whenever referred  by the competent authority. 

(ii)  The Reviewing Agency shall submit addendum to the  certificate or a new certificate in case of subsequent changes in  structural design.  


• Public building means assembly of large number of people  including schools, hospitals, Courts etc. 

• Special structure means large span structures such as stadium,  assembly halls, or tall structures such as water tanks, TV  tower, chimney, etc.   


Structural Engineer on record shall give a certificate of structural  safety of his design as per Proforma given in Form-3 and Form- 14.  (Appendix-J & L) at the time of completion.  


10.6.1  Supervision: All constructions shall be carried out under supervision of the  Construction Engineer on record for various seismic zones.  

10.6.2  Certification of structural safety in construction:  The Construction Engineer on record shall give a certificate of  structural safety of construction as per Performa given in Form-13  (Appendix-K) at the time of completion.    


Following provisions shall apply for telecommunication infrastructure. 

a) Location: The Telecommunication Infrastructure shall be either  placed on the building roof tops or on the ground or open space  within the premises subject to other regulations. 

b)  Type of structure 

(i)  Steel fabricated tower or antennae’s on M.S. pole. 

(ii) Pre-fabricated shelters of fibre glass or P.V.C. on the building roof top/terrace for equipment. (iii) Masonry Structure/ Shelter on the ground for equipment. 

(iv) D.G. Set with sound proof covers to reduce the noise level. 

c)  Requirement: 

(i) Every applicant has to obtain/ procure the necessary permission  from the “Standing Advisory Committee on Radio Frequency  Allocation” (SACFA) issued by Ministry of  Telecommunications. 

(ii) Every applicant will have to produce the structural safety &  stability certificate for the tower as well as the building from  the Structural Engineer on Record (SER) which shall be the  liability of both owner and SER. 

(iii) Applicant has to produce / submit plans of structure to be  erected. 

d)  Projection: No Pager and/or Telephone Tower shall project beyond  the existing building line of the building on which it is erected in  any direction.  


Notwithstanding anything contained herein, for the structural safety  and services for development of low cost housing, the relevant  provisions of applicable IS Codes shall be enforced.  


The general requirement for inspection of the development shall also  include the following regulation.  


In case of building older than fifty years, it shall be the duty of the  owner of a building, to get his building inspected by a Registered  Structural Engineer (RSE) within a year from the date of coming into 
force of these regulations. The Structural Inspection Report (Form  No.16) (Appendix M) shall be produced by the Owner to the  Appropriate Authority. If any action, for ensuring the structural safety  and stability of the building is to be taken, as recommended by SER, it  shall be completed within five years.  For other buildings, the owner shall get his building inspected after the  age of building has crossed forty years. The procedure shall be  followed as per above regulation.  


In natural hazard prone areas identified under the land use zoning  regulations, structures buildings and installations which cannot be  avoided, protective measures for such construction/ development  should be properly safeguarded.