Planning is a system that orders the use and development of land for the benefit of our communities. The overall aim of planning is to ensure a balance between enabling development while at the same time conserving and protecting the environment and local amenities. The idea is to create better and balanced environment for people to live, work, play, pray, recreate and move around with utmost ease.
Why planning is very important?
- It helps to ensure that structures get built in the right place.
- It helps to balance the development between homes, factories, offices, schools, places of worship, health facilities, and transportation routes.
Technical Requirements for Setbacks
Setback for Residential Buildings
Standard – 6m
Substandard – Existing building line
Special Schemes and Private Estates – 9m
Others – As specified by approval order for such scheme or area.
Airspaces for Residential Buildings
Standard – 3m both sides.
Substandard – 1.5m one side
Others – 3m between main building & B/Q and 4.5m in special areas 6m between buildings of two (2) floors and above.
Rear Airspace for Residential Buildings
Standard – 3m
Substandard – 1.5m
Others – 4.5m if height is up to 4 floors
Required Setback from Highways and Roads
Primary Highway 90m Right of Way - 45 meters from the centre.
Secondary Highway 60m Right of Way - 30meters from the centre.
Road State 24m/18m/15m/12m wide – 12m, 9m, 7.5m, 6m respectively.
Access Road / Street 9 metres wide - 6metres from the edges.
Required setback from NNPC Pipeline
15m from the property line.
Horizontal Distance from NEPA High Tension
11KVA = 6m
33KVA = 9m
132KVA = 15m
330KVA = 22.5m
Substation = 12m
Required Setback from Different Water Bodies
Ocean / sea = 150m
Lagoon = 50m
River = 15m
Seasonal = 15m
Gorges (New Areas) = 10m
Gorge (B.U.A) = 10m
Distance to Rail Line
Minimum of 21m setback between property and railway line.
60m setbacks between the property and unmanned railway crossing level crossing.
Now that you know, check the land before you buy it! Observe the setback requirements before you build it!