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Many FCT residents have fallen victims of acquiring lands from scammers  who usually go around with uncertified and illegal land document to defraud their unsuspecting victims. The victims are not only defrauded of their hard earned money but also in most cases get their buildings demolished by the FCT Department of Development Control. Housing news was with the Department of Development Control of Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) and guidelines were given as proper steps and requirements for prospective building owners to follow.

The Department of Development Control of AMMMC was established to guide, direct and control physical development in the FCT. This is aimed at achieving the goals and objectives of the Abuja master plan. Their mandate includes: Granting official permit for all forms of physical development, private and public, and monitoring same to ensure suitability of completed development structures for human habitation. Granting of setting out permit, stage approval permit and continued monitoring to ensure proper implementation. Determination and application of appropriate sanctions for non compliance with development guidelines and regulations. Monitoring and enforcement of physical development in line with the provisions of master plan and other Development Control guidelines. Providing of guidelines for the improvement of aesthetic of individual and public properties and over all street scape. Offering advice and counseling service to prospective developers. Requirements for building plan process in the FCT. Site layout plan. Architectural drawings. Structural, mechanical and electrical engineering drawings. Title documents such as Certificate of Occupancy and Title Deed Plan (TDP).

Geotechnical or soil analysis and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIAR) is required for certain categories of double/ multi-stored and complex building plans respectively. Street name, house number and phone numbers All drawings and reports are expected to be endorsed by relevant registered professionals. ‘What underdeveloped plots owners are expected to do’ It is the sole responsibility of a plot owner to ensure that: The premises and surrounding of an underdeveloped plot be kept clean and tidy. No illegal structures are erected within and around eight metres radius of the tenement area. No part of the tenement areas is utilized or leased out for any purpose other than as approved by the appropriate


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