Lagos Clampdown on Unpermitted Buildings Looms After Amnesty Ends

The Lagos State Government is tightening the screws on property owners who haven’t obtained planning permits. The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Oluyinka Olumide, recently announced a crackdown on buildings without permits after the expiration of the current amnesty program.

This amnesty window, launched in May 2024, provided a 90-day grace period for owners of existing structures to regularize their buildings. The program offered significant incentives, including a waiver on penalties and a discount for swift applications.

Dr. Olumide emphasized the importance of planning permits, comparing them to a “birth certificate for a child and vehicle licence for a car.” He stressed that these permits are non-negotiable for any building in Lagos State.

The government’s get-tough approach aims to ensure adherence to building regulations and promote urban safety. Unpermitted buildings often lack proper inspections and may not meet safety standards, posing a potential threat to residents and the surrounding community.

While the exact date of the crackdown isn’t mentioned, property owners are urged to take advantage of the remaining amnesty period. This allows them to obtain the necessary permits and avoid facing penalties or even stricter enforcement measures later.


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