This is a common question that owners of flat have in mind but remains unanswered.
We will try to touch upon this query today.
The external changes to a flat have a close correlation to the approved plan.
Any external changes may impact covered area calculations along with the structural and fire safety requirements.
The owners of a flat can cover their balconies with canopies that are supported by cantilever.
However, there are limits to the dimensions of this canopy.
In Noida for instance, canopy can not be more than 4.5 * 2.4 meter in dimensions.
The covering by canopy under these dimensions does not add to covered area for you and the builder.
The owners can also cover the balcony by grills provided it can be opened (or lockable) from one side (for fire exit if required).
However, the same needs to be vetted by the builder.
Many builders tend not to allow this to preserve their external look.
The same is however done more often when a RWA takes over maintenance.
No permanent structure of any nature other than the above can be constructed over projections (chajja) or balcony.
Any other external extensions have to be vetted by the authority from safety perspective of NBC and are chargeable as per the increment in covered area.
Coming to the inside of the flat, any modification unless disturbing the load bearing walls is permissible.
However, it is important that owner puts across the changes with the builder otherwise builder tends to relenquish upon the 2 years warranty of construction and structural defects on pretext of the changes.
Changes inside the flat related to plumbing, drainage and electricity should be taken up with caution and vetted by the builder.
The owner would be held responsible for any damage caused to neighboring flats or flats beneath due to those changes.
Last updated: May 26, 2015 at 11:21 am