Chapter-7 General Building Requirements/ General Building Requirements/Provisions, Section 7.2- Other general requirements

7.2.1 Kitchen: Every room to be used as a kitchen must have
a. Means for washing of kitchen utensils, which shall lead directly or through a sink to a grated and trapped connection to the waste pipe, unless these means are provided for in a pantry.
b. An impermeable floor.
c. At least one window which measures not less than 1.0 sq.m or one tenth of the floor area whichever is more. The window should open directly into an interior or exterior open space, but not into a shaft unless the shaft is mechanically ventilated.
d. Refuge chutes must be provided in a residential building measuring 15 m or more height.
7.2.2 Bathroom and W. C: Every bathroom or water closet shall
a. Have at least one of its walls shall open to an external /shaft wall. The wall must have a minimum opening in the form of window or ventilation measuring 0.37 sq.m unless the bathroom is being mechanically ventilated.
b. Have the platform or seat made of watertight non-absorbent material.
c. Be provided with an impervious floor covering, sloping towards the drain
not towards the veranda or any other room.
d. No room containing water closets shall be used for any purpose except as a
e. Every water closet and/or a set of urinals shall have a flushing cistern of
adequate capacity attached to it
f. One toilet on the terrace having a maximum of 2.2 m height is permitted
subject to condition that the area of the toilet is maximum 4 sq. m. It is not to be
counted in the FAR and the building height.
g. All the sewage outlets must be connected to the Municipal Sewerage system.
In cases where no such system exists, a septic tank and soak pit must be provided
within the plot conforming to the requirements.
h. One Toilet is permitted within the building envelope in the stilts area and
basement. It must have appropriate natural/ mechanical ventilation,
drainage and sanitation, provided that the maximum size does not exceed 4
sq.m. It shall not be counted in calculating the F.A.R.
7.2.3 Mezzanine Floor
Mezzanine floor where provided is to be calculated as part of the FAR, with a minimum height of 2.75m.
7.2.4 Balcony and Canopy (Residential): Balcony:
i. For Residential Plotted development: A balcony is to be provided within
the plot line. Its width can be a maximum of 1.5 m free from FAR. Wrap around
continuous balconies will be allowed as long as their area does not
exceed 40% of the total open area.
ii. For group housing: A balcony (isolated/wrap-around) with a maximum width of
2.0 metres is permitted free from F.A.R, with all the rooms including
the kitchen. However, the balcony must not hinder fire tender movement and must be within
the plot line. The sxtended part of a balcony having more than 2.0m width, will be calculated as part of the FAR.
iii. A minimum double height open terrace will be permitted. It may have a
10.0 sq.m maximum area with a maximum depth of 3.0m free from being calculated as part of the FAR. Canopy:
In one storied residential buildings, only canopy will be
permitted for each individual detached block. In more than one-storied residential buildings, two canopies shall be permitted over
ground floor/higher floor entrances.
A canopy to be provided in setback/s:
A) Front Setback
i) 2.4 m (maximum) deep in case the front setback is 3m deep.
ii) 3 m (maximum) deep in case the front setback is 6 m or more.
B) Side setbacks
i) 2.4 m (maximum) deep in case the side setback is 3 m deep.
ii) 3 m (maximum) deep in case the side setback is 6 m. or more.
Note: Minimum 30% of the area of respective setback is to be
maintained as open to sky.

7.2.5 Loft
Lofts shall be permitted in residential buildings and shops only. The loft area must be restricted to 25% of the covered area of the floor. Maximum
height between the loft and the ceiling is 1.75 m and the clear height below the loft shall be as stipulated in these Building Bye-Laws for the space below it.
7.2.6 Boundary Wall Height: For residential plotted development-
a. Front wall: Maximum height of the wall can be 1.5 m from the highest adjacent road level. It must be built of solid material such as stone, brick or masonry. That part of construction which exceeds the 1.5m
should be perforated (stone jail/iron grills/vegetation) to maintain visual
b. Side walls and back wall: Maximum height of the wall can be 1.5 m from the ground level. It must be built of solid material such as stone, brick or masonry.

Note: the above provisions shall not apply to the building/areas where boundary walls are forbidden or specific height has been recommended by the Authority/local body or as per layout plan/ comprehensive plan/zonal
plan/master plan regulations. Boundary wall for LDRP (Low Density Residential Plot):
For LDRP the boundary wall height shall be maximum 3.0m height for
plot size 1 Acre and above for security/safety reasons. See Annexure XV.