Property approvals from the Chennai Municipal Development Authority (CMDA) and the Directorate of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) are to be obtained before the commencement of construction. Any anomalies in the same would lead to legal issues.

Procedure for CMDA Approval

The CMDA is a designated body appointed for the purpose of regulating real estate development in the Chennai Metropolitan Area through issue of Planning Permission (PP). Planning Permission (PP)are issued for construction of ordinary buildings and the buildings under normally permissible categories of Industrial, Residential, Institutional & Commercial use zones.CMDA has delegated the power to issue Planning Permission (PP) for Subdivision and small layouts upto a specified Sq. ft. to the local bodies within the Chennai Metropolitan Area. For IT/ITES, Special and Multi storey buildings permission is issued by CMDA directly Permission is granted only for those who confirm, that the land will be used for which the site has been designated under the Master Plan and Detailed Development Plan.

Procedure for DTCP Approval

The Directorate of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) is responsible for carrying out development activities. The entire area of the state is classified as either Master Plan Area or Non- Master Plan Area.Taking into account the suitability of a site, accessibility, and compatibility with the adjoining development the Local Planning Authority regulated the physical development of the Town, according to the land use envisaged in the Master Plan & Detailed Development Plan.
Before commencing any construction it is mandatory to obtain necessary permission from CMDA / DTCP. The approval number of CMDA or DTCP will be displayed on the approval layout designing.