30 Construction Guidelines (Bye-Laws) for DHA Karachi

30 Construction Guidelines (Bye-Laws) for DHA KarachiPakistan Defence Officers Housing Authority (PDOHA), Karachi has approved the Building Control & Town Planning Regulations 2011 which was in-effect from 28 June 2011. Pakistan Defence Officers Housing Authority (PDOHA), Karachi has advised their members in their own interest not to violate construction By-Laws as only the owner of the house is responsible for construction and not its Architect/Consultant or the building contractor. Here are some of the important points of construction guidelines:

Things To Do:

  • Do get the latest site plan of the plot before getting the building designed from your architect.
  • Do follow sequence of action for construction of your building as under:-
    • “A” Lease.
    • Submission/Approval of building plan.
    • Demarcation of plot.
  • Do submit contour plan of the plot if level difference of more than 5 ft from the road level exists.
  • Do observe the rules, regulations and instructions of the department for supervision of construction work.
  • Do observe the rules, regulations and instructions of the department whose services are utilized i.e. KESC, PTCL, Sui Southern Gas etc.
  • Do plan your building keeping in view of existing services at site.
  • Do take all necessary precautions to respect the privacy of neighbors during construction.
  • Do keep photocopy of all necessary document on site for necessary checking by DHA staff.
  • Do obtain No Observation Certificate at various stages of construction works.
  • Do fix water channel under the main gate to avoid flow of water onto the road.
  • Do construct ramp as per specifications given in the construction By-Laws.
  • Do obtain Completion Certificate after completion of building.
  • Do get “B” Lease of your house registered after completion.

Things Not To Do:

  • Do not use plot for the purpose other than for which it has been allotted.
  • Do not undertake construction work without obtaining demarcation certificate.
  • Do not indulge in any violation of Construction By-Laws.
  • Do not damage the property on neighboring plots while carrying out excavation.
  • Do not encroach upon the neighbor’s land or the road while constructing boundary walls in chamfered portions in corner plots.
  • Do not extend construction of building in compulsory open spaces (COS).
  • Do not construct anything in COS like Servant Room, Bathroom for Servant, Car-porch with terrace and pergola, Spiral Stair, Air Raid Shelter/Basement etc.
  • Do not construct sunshades in COS of your residential building beyond allowable limits.
  • Do not construct any room over top of the third floor for commercial and over first floor for residential buildings.
  • Do not construct guard/sentry post in COS bigger than 65 sq ft.
  • Do not carry out road cutting with out obtaining permission from DHA.
  • Do not install motor pump on the water supply line.
  • Do not connect water without permission of DHA.
  • Do not grow trees/vegetation so as to encroach/occupy the space outside your plot.
  • Do not construct steps outside your plot.
  • Do not construct sunshade/design additional to 2 feet allowable projection in commercial buildings.
  • Do not construct any type of projections/flower bed on front boundary wall.
  • Fixing of hoarding on building is not permitted.


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  1. Erum Kamran Sheikh says:

    Dear Sir/Ms., I own a building at 7E, 17th Street, Nishat Commercial. I fotgot to file for my completion for couple of reasons.
    First I went for Hajj in end of 2016 and then I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and still under going treatment. Therefore, was not able to file for nor we received any notice of completion from DHA and neither was I informed by our architect.

    So what are my options, please guide and advise me.

    Thank you,

    Erum K. Sheikh

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