Lagos goes tough on permit, seals buildings


The Lagos State Government has asked property owners to produce the planning permits granted for their building construction and also evidence of stage certification obtained from the Lagos State Building Control Agency or have their buildings sealed.

The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, said this during the continuation of the Special Enforcement Operations.

In a statement from the Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Mukaila Sanusi, he said the state was alarmed at the rate of unapproved and illegal development going on in Ikoyi and Banana Island.

The statement said the exercise continued to send strong signals of Government’s determination to guard the state operative development plans and curb illegal physical developments as the buildings/building construction sites sealed since the beginning of the special enforcement operation midweek had reached 56 in number.

It added that recently, in one day alone, 22 houses were sealed for building permit and conformity issues.

Of this total, it added, 16 were sealed on Banana Island while six were sealed at Adeyemi Lawson, Mcpherson and surrounding streets in Ikoyi.

He said, “The rate at which developers in these elite areas flout our planning laws by going ahead to errect buildings without the necessary permits is disturbing.

“This untoward act that is inimical to the sustainable development of our environment must be curtailed in the interest of all.”

He said that property owners in Ikoyi and Banana Island must produce on demand their planning permits and evidence of stage certification or risk their property being sealed up in furtherance of the state policy of zero tolerance for illegal developments.

He added that the exercise would be extended to other parts of the state.

Salako urged those whose property were sealed due to these infractions to report to the Office of the Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja to perfect their documents.

He said that the special enforcement operation was a joint operation by the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Lagos State Planning Permit Authority, Lagos State Building Control Agency, and the Special Operations Team in the Governor’s Office to sanitise the built environment in Lagos State.