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How to Regularise an Unapproved Plot in Tamil Nadu

Updated: 26th Jan 2021

We understand that the Online Process is again Open for a one month period, till Feb 28, 2021.

All those who have not applied earlier, can take this opportunity to get their plots Regularised.

This Scheme of Regularisation is applicable to Unapproved Plots Registered on or before 20th Oct 2016.

அங்கீகரிக்கப்படாத  வீட்டுமனைகள் மற்றும்  லே அவுட்டுகள் வரன் முறைப்படுத்த (Regularisation of Unapproved Plots and Layouts) இணையதளத்தின்  மூலம் பதிவு செய்யும் வசதி மீண்டும் ஒரு குறுகிய காலத்திற்கு நடைமுறைக்கு வந்துள்ளது.

இப்போதைய  நிலவரப்படி, இந்த ஆன்லைன் விண்ணப்ப பதிவு,  2021 பிப்ரவரி மாதம்  28 வரை  நீடிக்கும்.

There seems to be no change in the procedure or charges.

இந்த வரன்முறை படுத்துதல்(Regularisation) பல கட்டங்களாக செயல் படுகிறது.

1. முதலில் இதற்கென ஏற்படுத்தப்பட்டுள்ள இணையதளத்தில் தேவைப்பட்ட அனைத்து விவரங்களையும் கோப்புகளையும் பதிவிட்டு, 500 ரூபாய் பணமும் செலுத்தி, பதிவு எண் பெற்றுக்கொள்ள வேண்டும். இந்தப் பதிவு எண், பின்னர் எல்லா தொடர்புகளுக்கு தேவைப்படும்.  

2. பின்னர் மேலே குறிப்பிட்ட அரசு ஆணையில் சொல்லப்பட்டுள்ள ஆவணங்களை சம்பந்தப்பட்ட தகுதிவாய்ந்த அதிகாரியிடம்(Competent Authoriuty) சமர்ப்பிக்க வேண்டும்.

3. அதிகாரிகள் இந்த ஆவணங்களை எல்லாம் சரிபார்த்து, இடத்தை வந்து இன்ஸ்பெக்சன் பார்த்துவிட்டு,  வரன்முறைக்கு செலுத்த வேண்டிய கட்டணங்களுக்கான நோட்டீஸ் தருவார்கள்.

4.முறைப்படுத்தலுக்கான தொகையும், அபிவிருத்திக்கான தொகையும்-ஒன்று வங்கியிலும் ஒன்று கருவூலத்திலும்- செலுத்த வேண்டும்.

5. பணம் செலுத்திய பின்னர்  சில நாட்களுக்குப் பின்னர் வர ன்முறைக்கான ஆணை வழங்கப்படும்.

தேவையான  வழிமுறைகள் (procedures and Formalities) அந்த இனணய தளத்திலேயே தரப்பட்டுள்ளது.

இதில் பிரச்சினை என்னவென்றால் சமர்ப்பிக்கப்படும் விண்ணப்பங்களை பரிசீலித்து ஆணை பிறப்பிக்க அதிகாரிகளை தொடர்ந்து பின் தொடர வேண்டிய ஒரு கட்டாயம் இருக்கிறது. இதை முறையாக செய்து முடிப்பது என்பது சிரமம்தான்.

Expenses Involved for Getting the Unapproved Plots and Layouts Regularised:
Scrutiny Fee or Registration Fee
Development Charges
Regularisation Charges
Fee for Licenced Surveyor
Follow Up Charges for Liaison Work
Other Charges 


Documents To Be Submitted for Getting the Unapproved Plots and Layouts Regularised

Self Attested Copies of the Sale Deed 

Encumbrance Certificate-Up-to-date


Layout Copy

Topo Sketch/FMB Map Attested by a Licensed Surveyor

Town Survey Land Record Copy 

Aadhar Card 

Submit Four Copies of the above documents along with the filled up Application and ₹ 500/ Scrutiny fee to the Competent Authority.


Follow Up is the Key

The description above are the steps involved in getting the Unapproved Plots and Layouts Regularised. In actual practice, it involves a lot of follow up actions at various levels right from the stage of submission of Application. It may not be possible for an Applicant to do the follow up to get the Plot Regularised. 

Consequences of Non-Approval

The May 2017 GO (Regularisation GO) says that those who hold on to the Unapproved Plots, couldn’t transfer the Property through a Sale Deed.

Moreover, approval of Building Plans, electricity, water supply, drainage and sewerage connections, shall be denied to such Unapproved Plots or Layouts, according to those Rules.

But now, Registration or Transfer of Property takes place even in the case of Unapproved Plots. The situation may change in the future if anyone files another PIL demanding strict implementation of the GO.  Also, Unapproved plots have a lower market value. In view of these facts, it’s better to get the Unapproved Plots Regularised when the option exists.


Plots that are not eligible for Regularisation are:

Plots on public water bodies, Plots in Poramboke areas, Plots in OSR Land area, Plots that block access to surrounding lands, Plots that are on any Rail or Road corridor, Plots that encroach on public road or street …….

Also, the Applications must be in conformity with the following Rules and Regulations:

 i)The Civil Aviation Regulations

ii)The Ministry of Defence Regulations

iii) The Coastal Zone Regulations

iv) Hill Stations Building Rules

v) The Regulations in respect of Aquifer Recharge Area

vi) The Regulations in respect of Red Hills Catchment Area

vii) The Provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act

viii) and the Tamil Nadu Ancient, Historical Monuments, Archaeological Sites, and Remains Act


A total of around 4500 layout frameworks are regularized by the competent authorities in the Chennai Metropolitan Authority area, according to the CMDA Website.. The details of the approval number along with the maps and sketches are up on the CMDA Website. The approved maps or sketches can be downloaded by the general public.

Applicability of the Rules

These Rules will be applicable only for the Registered Unapproved Plots in the following manner:  i) in the Chennai Metropolitan Area, between August 5, 1975 (the date when the First Master Plan was Notified) and  October 20, 2016 ie upto the Ban on Registration imposed by the High Court, ii)in the rural areas outside the Chennai Metropolitan Area for layouts formed between November 29, 1972 (the date when DTCP came into existence) and October 20, 2016, iii) and in the urban local bodies outside the Chennai Metropolitan Area, for layouts formed between January 1, 1980 (the date when the first Regularisation Scheme was rolled out) and October 20, 2016.

All the Plots Registered before these dates in those areas, will  be ‘deemed as Regularised’.


Revised Regularisation Charges
Regularisation Charge Per Square Meter of Plot Area (in Rupees)
1.City Municipal Corporation Area110125150
2.Municipal Area667590
3.Areas Covered by Town Panchayats and Village Panchhayats3337.5045
The development charge per square metre of the plot area shall be-

a) Rs.500/- in City Municipal Corporation Area;
(b) Rs.250/-in Special and Selection Grade Municipal Area;
(c) Rs.150/-in Grade-I and Grade-II Municipal Area;
(d) Rs.75/-in Town Panchayat Area; and
(e) Rs.25/-in Village Panchayat Area.

The Rates given above are per Square Meter. 1 Sq Meter = 10.7639 Sq Ft.


 Read about the High Court’s Ban Order

User Manual of Procedure for Regularisation of Unapproved Plots

Press Release dated 12.10.2017

பொறுப்பு துறப்பு:இந்தக் கட்டுரையில் உள்ள விவரங்கள், கல்வி மற்றும் தகவல் நோக்கங்களுக்காக மட்டுமே. இது சட்ட ஆலோசனை அல்லது நிதி ஆலோசனைக்காக தரப்படவில்லை. இதில் உள்ள தகவல்களை அடிப்படையாகக் கொண்டு எந்த முடிவுகளையும் எடுப்பதற்கு முன்பு, வாசகர்கள் தங்கள் சொந்த சுதந்திரமான ஆராய்ச்சியை மேற்கொள்ளவும், நிபுணர்களுடன் கலந்தாலோசிக்கவும் அறிவுறுத்தப்படுகிறார்கள்.-Ed

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to be legal or financial advice. Readers are advised to do their own independent research and consult with professionals before making any decisions based on the information in this article-Edit


35 responses to “Regularisation of Unapproved Plots and Layouts, an Update”

  1. Vinodbabu MV avatar
    Vinodbabu MV

    Is this regularisation of plot is still in force. It is mentioned that 29th Feb 2024 is the last date in the head line.
    Pl advice

  2. Aravind avatar

    When will CMDA registration will open for this month r year pls say sir

  3. How do I get regularised layout frame work copy

    1. vignesh R avatar
      vignesh R

      Search for “Regularisation of unapproved Plots 2017” in google and visit the link from cmda.
      There, search for your framework copy using village name & Survey No.

  4. Ramaswamy D avatar
    Ramaswamy D

    Respected Sir, I have Advance Payment for purchasing CMDA Approved layout No.96(Regularization of Unapproved)2021 (Survey No. 332/2,334/4A1,4B1A, 4C,337/2B,4C,340/5,6, 8B3A at Sholavaram Village, Ponneri Taluk, Thiruvallur Dist.) in K.F.T. City Plot No. 184,185 (S.No. 340/6) and also advance for purchasing CMDA CMDA Approved layout No.022(Regularization of Unapproved)2021(Survey No.15/1A,1B,1C1,1C2,1D,16/1A2A,16/1A2B, 16/1B2A,16/1B2B2 PART 35/3A2,35/3C at Karanodai Village, Ponneri Taluk, Thiruvallur Dist.)in Sri Krishna Nagar Annexe III, Plot No. 47,48 (Survey No.15/A,35/3B). HOW can I Clarification of the CMDA Approval correct or incorrect please kindly show and rectify the doubt. Thank you

    1. vignesh R avatar
      vignesh R

      both your proposed Layout is cmda approved Layout.
      To verify visit the provided links.

      Layout no: 96/2021

      Layout no:22/2021

  5. Sir,
    I registered during the latest announcement in February 2021 by TN govt for regularisation of unapproved plots,now that I want to know which office of the corporation Chennai,I have to submit the relevant documents,with layout copies:
    The said plot is situated in Sivakamipuram,4th street Thiruvanmiyur, plot area 1250 sq ft
    when I enquired in Adyar office of the corporation of Chennai,they said it has to be submitted in corporation office at Rippon building opposite to park railway station
    Kindly advise me in this regard

    1. vignesh R avatar
      vignesh R

      STEP 01: if your layout is updated in framework, u should prepare a formal plot sketch prepared and signed by Licensed surveyor and should be submitted with required documents such as current document, patta, EC, Layout copy, FMB, Framework copy, Forms& Annexure and 500Rs. Challan at GCC Amma Maligai 5th Floor.

      STEP 02: If your Layout is Not Updated in Framework, you should prepare a full Layout SKetch prepared and signed by Licensed Surveyor and should be submitted with all required documents, forms and annexure at at GCC Amma Maligai 5th Floor. Then Your Layout will ge IN Principle Approval Number. After getting this IN principle approval for your layout, follow the step 01.

  6. Srini N avatar
    Srini N

    Hello Sir,

    Can you please help to on how and where to start on offline application submission as you know the Online Registration is now closed which office we need to submit. It would be of great help

    Thanks a lot for your insights and help


    1. Please go through the following GO to know the procedure in detail

      GO No 78 of 17

  7. Shridhar avatar

    I engaged Chennai Realities services for a DTCP plot in Urapakkan. Very professional , reliable and prompt service.

  8. S.Shanthi avatar

    Shanthi sekar Porur.Sir I own 1040sqft land and constructed house.Now I want to regularise.will there be any announcement by the government once again for regularisation .waiting

  9. Murugan avatar

    When dtcp approval for 2019 starts can anyone tell me

  10. s.mahendran avatar

    sir, i am mahendran from erode. i am plat erode in 1000sqf. minimum sqf area in dtcp approval

  11. K.Chandrasekhar avatar

    Dear sir,I have an plot in perumbakkam gandhinagar society.I missed out initial registration on web portal of regularisation.and not able to submit there any chance of resuming in near future.

  12. i have registered during extension time Nov 12-Nov 16. now they say 10% fine applicable who have done registration during this period. When govt itself extending time and then asking for fine is not genuine, i think... avatar
    i have registered during extension time Nov 12-Nov 16. now they say 10% fine applicable who have done registration during this period. When govt itself extending time and then asking for fine is not genuine, i think…

    i have registered during extension time Nov 12-Nov 16. now they say 10% fine applicable who have done registration during this period. When govt itself extending time and then asking for fine is not genuine, i think…

  13. Anubhav avatar

    will the process come again … if so please update as i missed it out

  14. M K SUBRAMANIAN avatar

    What is the total charges payable in panchayat area for regularisation.

  15. Shankar avatar

    I got my plot near Siruseri DTCP approved. But I read in newspapers yesterday that, in addition to the DTCP letter, for selling and registering the plot if I want to, then a letter of approval from the local authority is also needed: Otherwise the registration can not be done. Can you please check and explain this? If available, copies of such approvals can be posted, blacking out all personal matters like name, plot number etc.

  16. vrvkrishnan avatar

    Sir, I am having a plot in madipakkam area which was registered in my name in 1996. The land/plot was first registered in 1957 and subsequently to 3 more buyers in 1984, 1986 and 1995. As per your article, if the land registered before three dates i.e. 5/8/1975 or 29/11/1972 or1/11/1980, then it will be considered as deemed regularised. Though i am a subsequent buyer of land (1996), whether this exemption is applicable to me or not. Whom should i approach in CMDA /Chennai corporation for clarification. AWaiting your response

  17. Ponmurughu S avatar
    Ponmurughu S

    What happens to Land which are under HACA – Hill area conservative authority?
    There is no clear process or govt order stating how to convert those lands into a DTCP approved one.

    1. Rule 6 of the Regularisation GO (78 0f 2017). makes it clear that the Regularisation shall be in Conformity with a List of existing laws, including The Tamil Nadu District Municipalities (Hill Stations) Building Rules, 1993.

      1. But the local panchayat office is stating that they have not received a GO for plots falling under HACA to proceed with DTCP approval process, I have done the online registration a year back and still waiting to hear from them. The LPA office members told to only keep in touch with the local panchayat office. Any comments or suggestions here?

  18. Ramanathan avatar

    I have given some documents for regularizing the un approved plots. How to chek the status of the application, through web site

  19. Ramadurai R avatar
    Ramadurai R

    It was said by the DTCP officials as appeared in the Times Of India on 08/12/2017 that Layout frame works would be uploaded online within two weeks. But nothing happened like that. Will the authorities please look into this and do the needful ?

  20. Venkat avatar

    I applied through to regularise my plot + frame work approval request. Almost 60days over. No one in HNTDA Office / DTCP Chennai answer the status of my application. Don’t know what to do

  21. Dear sir, I am having plot in 1097 sq feet in palladam taluk tirupur district Sukkampalayam village )
    Panchayat people told to reqularisation but they didn’t give idea where to be done this process.
    So pls give some idea to be reqularisation my plot as immediate.
    My bank loan is hold due to this process.

    Thanks for your immediate help in this regard.


  22. Narasiman avatar

    my plot belongs to chennai city corporation i applied for regularisation so far no plots till the date not regularised. How many days taken for regularisation and payment advise has not come so far. No reponse in CMDA.

  23. Prakash avatar

    Dear Sir,
    Great info on this website. In the above article you have mentioned that “All the Plots Registered before these dates in those areas, shall be ‘deemed as Regularised’, and owners need not apply for Regularisation.”
    Does it mean that the plot registered for the first time before 1972 or last registered in 1972? I would really appreciate your input.

  24. santhosh avatar

    Hi sir! i santhosh.. from Palavakam ecr… i have a property 1091 sq.ft. this property was purchased on 1995. i dont know my property is approved or not… and also dont knw about i need Regularaise r not… now im going demolish my existing building. and re construct… so kindly gice me clarification

  25. Dear Team, I have one major doubt.. I had purchased the unapproved house site on dec 2015, I got building plan from concerned local body (president). G+1 building with one dwelling unit constructed as per plan. Now age of the property is around 2years old. I had obtained patta in my name. I am paying property tax and eb bill for the property. My property in gram panchayat limit.

    My doubt is whether i need to apply for regularisation of land or not

    Kindly clarify.

  26. Venkat avatar

    Hi, the layout was framed in 1996, I purchased plot from from first owenr in April 2017(ban lift by Court =>allowed registration for the plot s registered first time before Oct 20th 2016). Is my plot eligible for regularisation

    1. Hi! Venkat, your plot seems eligible for regularisation


      Dear Sir what check DTCP Layout approval no 53/2018

      1. Ii rfa avatar
        Ii rfa

        Hi..we purchased a unapproved plot in injambakkam..we missed regularisation in online..can we register in offline whom we approach

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