MULTIPLEX COMPLEXES



CHAPTER-X-3 (G. O. 119 Contd..)

PROVISIONS FOR CONSTRUCTION AND REGULATION OF MULTIPLEX COMPLEXES

Definitions:

"Multiplex complex" means an integrated entertainment and shopping center/ complex or a shopping mall and having at least three (3) cinema halls/screens. Apart from Cinema Halls, the entertainment area may have restaurants, cafeteria, fast food outlets, video games parlors, pubs, bowling alleys, health spa/centers, convention centers, hotels and other recreational activities. Active floors like I.T offices shall be allowed in Multiplexes. However, habitable areas like hotels, service apartments shall not be allowed in the same block where the Multiplexes are set up and shall be allowed only as a separate block. Such a Complex may be spread over the site or be in one or more blocks which may be high-rise buildings or normal buildings.

‘Approving Authority for Multiplex Complexes’:

S.No

Location of the Proposed Multiplex Complex

Approving Authority

(A)

(B)

(C)

1

Municipal Corporation

Commissioner of Municipal Corporation  

2

Other Than Municipal Corporation located              in Development Authority Areas

Vice-Chairman of the  Respective  Development  Authority

3

Other Than Municipal Corporation located in    Other Than Development Authority Areas

 

Respective Commissioner of  the Local Body Subject to  Obtaining Prior Technical  Approval of The Director of  Town & Country Planning.  

"Licensing Authority: means the licensing authority under the Andhra Pradesh Cinemas (Regulation) Act, 1955 and rules made there under for issuing licenses for cinema theatres in the Multiplex Complex.

Words, expressions and definitions not defined herein shall have the same meaning as given in the National Building Code of India, 2005.

Applicability of Andhra Pradesh Cinemas (Regulation) Act, 1955 and Rules made there under:

Provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Cinemas (Regulation) Act, 1955 shall be strictly adhered to. The Andhra Pradesh Cinema (Regulation) Rules 1970 shall apply to the multiplex complex as a whole and not limited to the individual cinema halls within it. The provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Cinema (Regulation) Rules 1970 are deemed to be relaxed to allow activities mentioned in the definition of Multiplex.

Redevelopment of existing cinema halls into Multiplex Complex:

Conversion of existing cinema hall to multiplex complex is allowed subject to complying with the requirements given hereunder.

Site Requirements for Multiplex Complexes:

The minimum size of plot for a Multiplex shall be 3000sq. m.

The site shall abut to an existing road whose width shall be not less than 18m.

The abutting road has to be black-topped with minimum 2 lane carriageway. Service roads are required for sites abutting 30m and above roads and approach shall be allowed only through service road. The width of the service road shall be minimum 7m with minimum 2 lane black topped carriageway and shall be undertaken by the owners of such buildings to the extent of the width of their site.

Location Criteria:

The location criteria of a Multiplex Complex shall be the same as given in the Andhra Pradesh Cinemas (Regulation) Act, 1955 and in addition to this, it shall comply with Clause 3.2 of Part 4 of National Building Code (wherever applicable).

Where zoning regulations of a statutory Plan/Scheme are in force, the location of multiplex complex shall be governed as per such zoning regulations.

Multiplex complex may be permitted in a zone or scheme declared as tourism zone/area along with other recreational facilities.

Multiplex Complex shall not be allowed in

Congested areas;

Settlement areas/Abadi/Gram khantam areas;

Areas restricted for High-rise buildings;

Abutting to major road junctions of above 18m wide;

Pure residential areas/localities.

Government may by Notification, declare certain roads/areas in any APCRDA/MRDA/UDA/ULB area where Multiplex Complex shall not be allowed.

Documents to be submitted:

In addition to the documents required to be submitted for sanction of building permission of High rise building, the following are also mandatory to examine the Multiplex Complex Application.

Prior No Objection Certificate shall be submitted from the Airport Authority of India (if applicable).

Prior No Objection Certificate shall be submitted from the Director General of Disaster Response and Fire Services Department. The fire safety requirements shall be duly certified by a fire engineer.

Prior No Objection Certificate from the Police Department [Traffic] shall be submitted.

Traffic Impact Study Report and Traffic Management Plan for the proposed Multiplex Complex prepared by a qualified Traffic Engineer shall be submitted along with application.

Building Requirements:

Every application to construct or reconstruct a Multiplex Complex shall be made in the prescribed form and accompanied by detailed plans and floor plans of all floors drawn by a registered architect, along with complete set of structural drawings and detailed specifications duly certified by a qualified structural engineer.

The building bulk, coverage and height shall be governed by the minimum all-round setbacks to be left, the organized open spaces to be left and the height restrictions imposed by the Airport authority (if applicable)/Defense authorities (if applicable) and Fire Services Department and the Area-level Impact fee on built up area required to be paid, as applicable.

The maximum height of the block/portion wherein the Multiplex screens are set up shall not exceed 30m;

In case of sites located in Gram Panchayat areas and outside Development Authority areas, the maximum height of all blocks permissible shall be 30m;

In case of two or more blocks in the same site, the space between the two blocks shall be as given in Column (D) of the Table given below;

For heights of blocks above 30m and up to 45m, the minimum abutting road width shall be 24m while for blocks of height above 45m, the minimum abutting road width shall be 30m.

The minimum all-round setbacks for a multiplex Complex shall be as follows.

No relaxation in the minimum all-round setbacks or transfer of setbacks shall be allowed.

TABLE - 23

Minimum all-round setbacks for a Multiplex Complex

Sl.No

Height of the Building (m)

Minimum front

open space (m)

Minimum open

space on remaining sides (M)

(A)

(B)

(C)

(D)

1

Up to 15

12

6

2

Above 15m & Up to 21m

7

3

Above 21m & Up to 24m

8

4

Above 24 m & up to 27m

9

5

Above 27m & Up to 30m

10

6

Above 30m & up to 35m

11

7

Above 35m & Up to40m

12

8

Above 40m & up to 45m

13

13

9

Above 45m & up to 50m

14

14

10

Above 50m

15

16

Construction requirements:

The building requirements, building services, specifications and standards specified in the National Building Code, 2005 shall be complied with.

Construction of such buildings shall be undertaken by owners by engaging registered architect, licensed builder, fire engineer and licensed structural engineer.

The designs and building plans shall be countersigned by the owner, licensed builder, registered architect, licensed engineer, qualified & licensed structural Engineer and a fire engineer who shall be responsible for the supervision, structural safety, fire safety and compliance of the specifications for such buildings.

Buildings shall be designed for earth quake resistance and resistance for other natural hazards. The Completion Certificate obtained from the Licensed Technical Personnel shall mention that the norms have been followed in the design and construction of buildings for making the buildings earthquake resistant, compliance with structural safety and fire safety requirements as per the relevant provisions of National Building Code & Andhra Pradesh Fire Service Act, 1999.

The exit and fire safety requirements shall be in accordance with Part IV of National Building Code of India. The fire safety measures shall be undertaken by engaging the services of a fire protection engineer.

The following minimum Fire Fighting Installations are to be provided as per Table 23, Part - 4 of National Building Code of India, 2005:

 

TABLE - 24

Fire Fighting Installations

Sl. No.      Fire Fighting Installation
1  Fire Extinguishers as per IS 2190
2 Hose reel
3 Wet riser
4 Yard hydrant     
5 Automatic sprinkler system in entire Building
6 Automatic detection and alarm system in entire Building (except Cellars)
7 Manually operated electrical alarm system in entire Building (except Cellars)
8 Underground static water tank of 2,00,000 Liters capacity
9 Terrace tank of 20,000 Liters capacity 
10 Two Electrical Main pumps of 2850 LPM capacity
11 Diesel pump (Standby of 2850 LPM capacity
12

Electric Jockey pump of 180 LPM capacity

The work of other building services like sanitation, plumbing, lifts, electrical installations, and other utility services shall as per National Building Code standards and shall be executed under the planning, design and supervision of qualified and competent technical personnel.

The means of escape shall be provided as per the Clause 4 (Exit Requirements), Part 4 of National Building Code of India.

TABLE - 25

Means of escape and Exit Requirements for Multiplex Complex

Sl.No

Item

Clause of Part 4 of NBC

(A)

(B)

(C)

1

Capacities of Exists

4.4

2

Arrangement of Exits

4.5

3

Number of Exits

4.6

4

Doorways

4.7

5

Corridors and Passageways

4.8

6

Internal Staircases

4.9

7

Pressurization of Staircases

4.10

8

External Staircases

4.11

9

Horizontal Exits

4.12

10

Fire Tower

4.13

11

Ramps

4.14

12

Fire Lift

4.15

13

Emergency and Escape Lighting

4.16

14

Illumination of Means of Exit

4.17

15

Fire Detection and Warning

4.18

Smoke Management

The following measures are to be provided to prevent the spread of smoke easily to the other floors, which may affect the life safety of the occupants, particularly, the Cinema viewers:

For Types 1 to 3 constructions as given Clause 3.3 in the National Building Code (Part-IV), a doorway or opening in a separating wall on any floor shall be limited to 5.6sq.m in area with a maximum height/width of 2.75m. Every wall opening shall be protected with fire-resisting doors having the fire rating of not less than 2 h in accordance with accepted standard [4(7)]. All openings in the floors shall be protected by vertical enclosures extending above and below such openings, the walls of such enclosures having a fire resistance of not less than 2 h and all openings therein being protected with a fire resisting assembly as specified in clause 3.4.8 & 3.4.9 of Part-4 of NBC.

Openings in walls or floors which are necessary to be provided to allow passages of all building services like cables, electrical wirings, telephone cables, plumbing pipes, etc, shall be protected by enclosure in the form of ducts/shafts having a fire resistance not less than 2 h . The inspection door for electrical shafts/ducts shall not be less than2 h and for other services shafts/ducts, the same shall have fire resistance not less than 1 h. Medium and low voltage wiring running in shafts/ducts, shall either be armored type or run through metal conduits. Further, the space between the conduits pipes and the walls/slabs shall be filled in by a filter material having fire resistance rating of not less than 1 h as per clause 3.4.8.3 of Part-4 of National Building Code.

Openings in separating walls and floors-Attention shall be paid to all such factors as will limit fire spread to these opening and maintain fire rating of the structural member. Every wall opening shall be protected with Fire resisting doors having fire rating of not less than two hours. All openings in the floors shall be protected by vertical enclosures extending above and below such openings, the wall of such enclosures having a fire resistance of not less than two hours and all openings therein being protected with a fire resisting assembly as per Clause 3, 4, 8, Part 4 of National Building Code of India, 2005.

Every vertical opening between the floors shall be suitably enclosed or protected, as necessary to provide the following:

Reasonable safety to the occupants while using the means or egress by preventing spread of fire, smoke, or fumes through vertical openings from floor to floor to allow occupants to complete their use of the means of egress. Further it shall be ensured to provide a clear height of 2100 MM in the passage/escape path of the occupants.

Limitation of damage to the building and its contents (Clause 3.4.8.4) Part-4 of National Building Code of India, 2005.

Where openings are permitted, they shall not exceed three-fourths the area of the wall in the case of an external wall and they shall be protected with fire resisting assemblies or enclosures having fire resistance equal to that of the wall or floor in which these are situated. Such assemblies and enclosures shall also be capable of preventing the spread of smoke or fumes through the openings so as to facilitate the safe evacuation from the building in case of fire.

Air conditioning and ventilating systems

Air conditioning and ventilating systems shall be so installed and maintained as to minimize the danger of spread of fire, smoke or fumes from one floor to other or from outside to any occupied building or structure (Clause 3.4.11.1) Part 4 of National Building Code of India 2005.

Air-conditioning and ventilating systems circulating air to more than one floor or fire area shall be provided with dampers designed to close automatically in case of fire and thereby preventing spread of fire or smoke and shall be in accordance with the accepted standard (4(10). Such a system shall also be provided with automatic controls to stop fans in case of fire, unless arranged to remove smoke from a fire, in which case these shall be designed to remain in operation.

Effective means for preventing circulation of smoke through the A C system in case of fire in air filters or from other sources drawn into the system, and shall have smoke sensitive devices for actuation in accordance with the accepted standards (Clause 3.4.11.3) Part 4 of National Building Code of India 2005.

Separate air handling units for each floor shall be provided to avoid the hazards arising from spread of fire and smoke through air conditioning ducts (Clause 3.4.11.4) Part 4 of National Building Code of India 2005.

Fire Dampers shall be provided in the AC system in accordance with the accepted standards designed so as to close automatically in case of fire and thereby preventing spread of fire or smoke.

Pressurization of stair cases shall be done as per Clause 4.10, Part 4 of National Building Code of India 2005.

Provision of pressurized lift lobby with self-closing smoke stop doors of 2 hour Fire resistance, one in the lift lobbies of all the cellars.

Smoke venting facilities for safe use of exits shall be provided as per Clause 3.4.12, Part 4 of National Building Code of India 2005.

Basement ventilation shall comply to Clause C 1.6 of Annexure-C of Part 4 of National Building Code of India, 2005.

Parts of the Building requirements

The parts of the Building requirements shall conform to National Building Code of India, 2005 with regard to:

Materials:

Flame retardant material only should be made use for interior decoration and upholstery to prevent generation of toxic smoke/flames. The surface interior finishes shall comply as per Clause 3.4.15, Part 4 of NBC of India 2005.

Compartmentation:

The Building shall be suitably compartmentalized so that Fire/Smoke remained confined to the area where Fire Incident has occurred and does not spread to the remaining part of the Building as per Clause C - 9, Annexure "C" Part 4 of National Building Code of India, 2005.

Fire doors with 2 hour fire resistance shall be provided at appropriate place along the escape route and particularly at the entrance to the lift lobby and stair well to prevent spread of fire and smoke as per Clause 4.2.9, Part 4 of National Building Code of India 2005.

In Multiplexes, large inter floor openings may be there, in which conventional compartmentation may be difficult. In such case, special compensative measures are required as per reputed Standards. (eg. NFPA, 1992).

Fire Lift:

Fire lifts complying with Clause C 1.5 Q of Annexure-C of Part 4 of National Building Code of India 2005 shall be provided.

Emergency Lighting:

Illumination of means of exit in stair case and corridors shall comply with Clause C.1.14 of Annexure-C, Part 4 of National Building Code of India 2005.

Fire Officer:

Qualified Fire Officer with experience of not less than 3 years shall be appointed who will be available on the premises as per Clauses C 6, Annexure-C, and Part - 4 of National Building Code of India 2005.

Building Evacuation Supervisor: Appointment of Building Evacuation Supervisor as per Annexure “E” part 4 of National Building Code of India, 2005 for conducting periodical Fire Drills and to ensure safe evacuation in case of any emergency.

Seating arrangements in theatres:

The seating arrangements shall conform to the Exit facilities as per Clause 6.4.4, Part-4 of National Building code of India, 2005.

Notwithstanding (a) above, the distance between the screen and the first front row of seats shall not be less than the height of the screen or the top picture height of the screen.

Parking requirements

The parking requirements within the site shall be as follows:

TABLE - 26 

Parking requirements for Multiplex Complex

The parking spaces may be provided in:

Type of Building

Parking area to be provided as percentage of total built up area  (inclusive of all internal aisles, driveways, stairs, etc.)

In Municipal Corporation

areas

In other areas

(A)

(B)

(C)

Multiplex Complexes

(inclusive of all activities areas)

(a)  basements or cellars or

(b)  on stilt floor or

60%

50%

               

In the open space over and above the minimum required setbacks (except the front setback) to be left around the building with adequate vehicular access, aisle, drives, ramps required for maneuvering of vehicles.

Multi-Level Parking Complex [MLPC] adjoining to the complex within the site may be considered provided that a minimum clear open space of 6 m from the site boundary is ensured.

Landscaping and greenery:

A minimum 2 m wide green planting strip in the periphery on all sides within the setbacks are required to be developed and maintained

In addition to (a) above, an organized open space of at least 10 % of total site area shall be maintained and utilized as greenery over and above the mandatory alround setbacks. This could be part of the interior open space or be in one or more pockets.

The landscaping and greenery shall be undertaken as per the guidelines given in the National Building Code and subject to provision of hard and motorable leveled ground to facilitate operation of Hydraulic Platform.

Trees shall be planted within the periphery of the site at the rate of 1 tree per 100 sq m of site area.

City/Area Level Impact Fee Payable:

In addition to the building permit fees and other charges payable, City Area level impact fee shall be payable for height of floors above 15m where the height of the building or block is more than 15m at the following rates;

TABLE – 27

City/Area Level Impact Fee Payable for Multiplex Complex

Sl.No

Height

Rate in Rs. Per Sq.m Built up area

Greater Visakhapatnam / Vijayawada Municipal Corporation

Other Municipal Corporation

Other Municipalities & Panchayat areas

(A)

(B)

(C)

(D)

(E)

1

Above15m and Up to 24m

1000

800

500

2

Above 24m and Up to30m

1500

1200

800

3

Above 30m & Up to 50 m

2000

1500

1000

4

Above 50m

2500

2000

1500

While calculating the Impact fee parking areas/blocks are exempted.

The Impact fees so collected by the Sanctioning Authority shall be maintained in a separate escrow account and utilized only for upgrading of infrastructure and services in the area concerned

Fire Precaution Fund: A fee at the rate of Rs 10 per sq. m of built up area shall be payable towards Fire Precaution Fund to the Andhra Pradesh Disasters Response and Fire Services Department.

Building Permission to be obtained before commencement of construction:

After obtaining the provisional license and site clearance from the Licensing Authority as required under the Andhra Pradesh Cinemas (Regulation) Act, 1955 and Rules made there under, the owner/applicant shall obtain necessary building permission from the Sanctioning Authority as the case may be, before commencing the construction.

Occupancy Certificate to be obtained:

The final license shall be issued by the Licensing Authority only after the owner/applicant submits a final NOC from the Fire Service department and an Occupancy Certificate in the prescribed format from the Building Approving Authority

For obtaining the Occupancy Certificate, the owner shall submit a notice of completion through the registered architect and licensed builder/developer along with prescribed documents and plans and Final NOC from the Andhra Pradesh Disasters Response and Fire Services Department to the Building Approving Authority. The Building Approving Authority on receipt of such notice of completion shall undertake inspection with regard to the following aspects and shall communicate the approval or refusal of the occupancy Certificate within 15 days.

Number of floors

External setbacks

Parking space provision

Abutting road width

Rain Water Harvesting Structures, as applicable.

Solar roof top structures, as applicable.

Recycle of water treatment plants, as applicable.

Maintenance & Management:

Such multiplex complexes shall be under the overall control and management of a single management body who shall be responsible for the public safety, maintenance and public convenience/amenities.

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