The office of the municipal executive of Kathmandu Metropolitan City has directed its Building Construction Permit Department not to maintain records of buildings which are constructed contrary to the Building Construction Procedure-2016.

KMC has also told the department to deny construction completion certificate to buildings or houses built in contravention of the Building Code and Building Construction Procedure in order to streamline the house and building regulatory system in the metropolis.

According to a notice published by the metropolis earlier this week, anyone, who has constructed a house or building, should submit to the KMC an application with all details prepared by a technician in a prescribed format for certification of the structure.

The particulars also include a letter from the Revenue Department of KMC as an evidence of payment of house/land tax, rental tax and business tax, if any, to be furnished to the metropolis. As per the procedure, the KMC will depute its technicians to the field to verify the authenticity of the particulars submitted by the concerned land owner before sending the documents to the Building Permit Department for approval.

"If the details submitted by the concerned applicant do not match the structure constructed, KMC will initiate action against the private technician who recommended the particulars attached with the application," read the notice.

The land owners applying for building permit will also be liable to pay fine as per the Local Self-Governance Act if the details and claims are in contravention of the National Building Code and approved permit. Any structure constructed by encroaching on public land, road, temple area and adjacent land of another person would not be certified by the KMC.

"Building construction certificate to be provided by the KMC will not be applicable for transfer of title, banking and insurance purpose and rental agreement," it said.

Similarly, the metropolis will deny construction completion certificate to any house that does not have an attached septic tank. It has also directed the ward office to initiate action against any technical employee, who recommends issuance of construction completion certificate to any house that does not have a septic tank.

According to the Basic Standards on Settlement Development, Urban Planning and Building Construction-2015, house or building constructed in municipal areas must build at least one attached septic tank as part of urban sanitation. At the same time, the ward offices of KMC have been asked to collect the details of houses and buildings constructed without getting their blueprints approved from the concerned local bodies.

A version of this article appears in the print on January 31, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.