Terminology used in UDCPR 2020

Whenever you see a town planning map or a blue print, you come across various terms like open space, amenity space. Likewise, the definitions given in UDCPR 2020 Rules, here is details explanation in common man’s language.

1. Act

Means the Maharashtra Regional & Town Planning Act, 1966 as may be amended from time to time.

2. Addition / Alteration

Means any change in existing authorized building or change from one occupancy to another, or a structural change, such as an addition to the area or height, or the removal of part of a building, or any change to the structure, such as the construction of, cutting into or removal of any wall, partition, column, beam, joist, floor, roof or other support or a change to or closing of any required means of ingress or egress or a change to the fixtures of equipment as provided under these regulations. However, modification in regards to gardening, white washing, painting, plastering, pointing, paving and retiling shall not be deemed to be alteration.

3. Advertising Sign

means any surface or structure with characters, letters or illustrations applied thereto and displayed outdoor in any manner whatsoever for purposes of advertising or to give information regarding or to attract the public to any place for public performance, article or merchandise whatsoever, or is attached to, or forms a part of building, or is connected with any building or is fixed to a tree or to the ground or to any pole, screen, fence or hoarding or displayed in space, or in or over any water body.

4. Air-conditioning

Means the process of treating air so as to control simultaneously its temperature, humidity, cleanliness and distribution to meet the requirement of conditioned space.

5. Accessory Building –

Means a building separate from the main building on a plot and containing one or more rooms for accessory use such as servant quarters, garage, store room setc.

6. Accessory / Ancillary Use –

Means any use of the premises subordinate to the principal use and incidental to the principal use.

7. Amenity Space

For the purpose of these regulations, amenity space means a statutory space kept in any layout to be used for any of the amenity such as open spaces, parks recreational grounds, playgrounds, sports complex, gardens, convenience shopping, parking lots, primary and secondary schools, nursery, health club, Dispensary, Nursing Home, Hospital, sub post-office, police station, electric substation, ATM of banks, electronic cyber library, open market, garbage bin, assisted living and hospice together, senior citizen housing and orphanage together, project affected persons’ housing, auditorium, conventional centre, water supply, electricity supply and includes other utilities, services and conveniences.

8. Annual Statements of Rates –

Means the Annual Statements of Rates (ASR) published by the Inspector General of Registration, Maharashtra State, Pune.

9. Architectural projection

Means a chajja, cornice etc. which is a protrusion from the building facade or line of the building only for aesthetic purpose and not used for any habitable purpose.

10. Access

Means a clear approach to a plot or a building.

11.  Architect

An Architect who is a member of the Indian Institute of Architects and duly registered with the Council of Architecture under the Architects Act,1972.

12.  Apartment

Means whether called block, chamber, dwelling unit, flat, office, showroom, shop, godown, premises, suit, tenement, unit or by any other name, means a separate and self-contained part of any immovable property, including one or more rooms or enclosed spaces, located on one or more floors or any part thereof, in a building or on a plot of land, used or intended to be used for any residential or commercial use such as residence, office, shop, showroom or godown or for carrying on any business, occupation, profession or trade, or for any other type of use ancillary to the purpose specified.

13.  Applicant

Means any person who is an owner or a person having an irrevocable registered Power of Attorney of an owner and any other document as acceptable to the Authority.

14.  Authority


  1. in the case of a Municipal Corporation, the Municipal Commissioner or such other officer as he may appoint in this behalf;
    1. in the case of a Zilla Parishad, the Chief Executive Officer or such other officers as he may appoint in this behalf;
    1. in the case of a Municipal Council, the Chief Officer of the Council; and
    1. in the case of any other local authority, Special Planning Authority, New Town Development Authority or Area Development Authority, the Chief Executive Officer or person exercising such powers under Acts applicable to such authorities;
    1. in the area of a Regional Plan, the Collector of the District;
    1. in case of Development Authorities established under the Metropolitan Region Development Authorities Act, Metropolitan Commissioner or such other officer as he may appoint in this behalf;
    1. in case the land is situated in the gaothan, within the meaning of clause (10) of section 2 of the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code, 1966, the village Panchayat concerned.

15. Atrium

Means a sky lighted and naturally/mechanically ventilated area in a building, with no intermediate floors and used as circulation space or entrance foyer.


16. Balcony –



Means a horizontal cantilever projection, including parapet, handrail or balustrade to serve as a passage or sitting out place with at least one side open, except for the railing or parapet wall for safety. Also, non-cantilever balcony shown in the illustration below shall be treated as balcony.


17.  Basic FSI

Means floor Space Index permissible without levy of premium or loading of TDR on any parcel of land as per the provisions of these regulations.

18.  Basement/Cellar

Means the lower storey of a building below or partly below the ground level with one or more than one levels.

19.  Biotechnology Unit / Park

Means a Unit or a Park which is certified as such by the Development Commissioner (Industries).

20.  Building

Means any structure for whatsoever purpose and of whatsoever materials constructed and every part thereof whether used as human habitation or not and includes foundation, plinth, walls, floors, roofs, chimneys, wells, door steps, fencing, plumbing and building services, fixed – platforms, varandahs, balcony; cornice or projection, part of a building or anything affixed thereto or any wall fence enclosing or intended to enclose any land or space and signs and outdoor display structures. However, tents, shamiyanas and the tarpaulin shelters erected for temporary and ceremonial occasions with the permission of the Authority shall not be considered as building.

21. Built up Area

Means the area covered by a building on all floors including cantilevered portion, mezzanine floors, if any, but excluding the areas specifically exempted from computation of Floor Space Index (F.S.I.) under these Regulations.

22. Building Line

Means the line up to which the plinth of a building adjoining a street or an extension of a street or on a future street may lawfully extend. It includes the lines prescribed, if any, in any scheme and / or development plan / Regional Plan, or under any other law in force.

23. Building Height –

Means the vertical distance measured in the case of flat roofs, from the average level of the ground around and contiguous to the building or as decided by the Authority to the terrace of last floor of the building adjacent to the external walls; to the highest point of the building and in the case of pitched roofs, up to the point where the external surface of the outer wall intersects the finished surface of the sloping roof; and in the case of gable facing road, the mid-point between the eaves level and the ridge. Architectural features serving no other function exceptthatofdecoration,terracewatertank,staircaseroofandparapetwallshallbeexcludedforthe purpose of measuring heights.

24. Cabin

Means a non-residential enclosure constructed of non-load bearing, non-masonry partitions.

25. Carpet area

Means the net usable floor area of an apartment, excluding the area covered by the external walls, areas under services shafts, exclusive balcony or veranda area and exclusive open terrace area, but includes the area covered by the internal partition walls of the apartment.

Explanation (1) –The expression “exclusive balcony or veranda area” means the area of the balcony or veranda, as the case may be, which is appurtenant to the net usable floor area of an apartment, meant for the exclusive use of the allottee; and “exclusive open terrace area” means the area of open terrace which is appurtenant to the net usable floor area of an apartment, meant for the exclusive use of the allottee.

Explanation (2) – If in any regulation of these regulations, carpet area is defined different than what is mentioned here, then carpet area as mentioned in that regulation, shall be applicable

26. Chajja

Means a sloping or horizontal structural overhang usually provided over openings on external walls to provide protection from sun and rain and for purpose of architectural appearance.

27. Chief Fire Officer

Means a Chief Fire Officer as specified in the Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act, 2006 and Rules there under as amended from time to time.

28. Chimney

Means an upright shaft containing one or more flues provided for the conveyance to the outer air of any product of combustion resulting from the operation of heat producing appliance or equipment employing solid, liquid or gaseous fuel.

29. Cluster

Means any area of land so defined, under theseregulations.

30. Combustible Material

Means a material which when burnt adds heat to a fire when tested for combustibility in accordance with IS 3808-1979: Method of test for non-combustibility of building materials (first revision) given in the National Building Code.

31. Congested Area

In case of Regional Plan area, a land included within the gaothan as determined under Maharashtra Land Revenue Code, 1966, and in case of other areas as specifically earmarked in the Development Plan/ Planning Proposal. (In case of Nashik Municipal Corporation, congested area is referred to as Core area).

32. Control Line

Means a line on either side of a highway or part of highway beyond the building line fixed in respect of such highway by the Highway Authority from time to time.

33. Courtyard or Chowk

means a space permanently open to sky enclosed on sides fully or partially by buildings and may be at ground level or any other level within or adjacent to a building.

34. Canopy

Means a cantilevered projection over any entrance to a building.


35. Convenience Shops

Means shops for day-to-day domestic needs, as distinguished from wholesale trade or departmental store.

36. Corridor

Means a common passage or circulation space including a common entrance space.



37. Curb Cut

Means a small solid (usually concrete) ramp that slopes down from the top surface of a sidewalk or footpath to the surface of an adjoining street. It is designated for ease of access for pedestrians, bicyclists and differently abled people.

38. Detached Building

Means a building whose walls and roofs are independent of any other building with marginal distances on all sides as may be specified.

39. Development

Development with its grammatical variations means the carrying out of buildings, engineering, mining or other operations in or over, or under land or the making of any material change, in any building or land or in the use of any building or land or any material or structural change in any Heritage building or its precinct and includes demolition of any existing building, structure or erection of part of such building, structure or erection and reclamation, redevelopment and layout or sub-division of any land and to develop shall be construed accordingly.

40. Development Rights

Means right to carryout development or to develop the land or building or both and shall include the transferable development right in the form of right to utilize the floor space index of land utilizable either on the reminder of the land partially reserved for public purpose or elsewhere as the development control& promotion regulations in this behalf provide.

41. Dharmashala

Means a building used as a place of religious assembly, rest house, a place in which charity is exercised with religious or social motives, or a place where in a certain section of people have a right of residence or are granted residence without payment or on nominal payment.

42. Development Plan

Means a plan for the development or re-development of the area within the jurisdiction of a Planning Authority and includes revision of a Development Plan and Planning Proposals of a Special Planning Authority for development of land within its jurisdiction.

43. Drain

means a system or a line of pipes, with their fittings and accessories, such as manholes, inspection chambers, traps, gullies, floor traps used for the drainage of building, or number of building or land appurtenant to the buildings within the same cartilage. A drain shall also include open channel for conveying surface water or a system for the removal of any liquid.

44. Dwelling Unit / Tenement

Means an independent housing unit with separate facilities for living, cooking and sanitary requirements.

45. Eating House

Means any premises where any kind of food is prepared or supplied for consumption by public for a profit or gain of any person owning or having an interest in or managing such premises.

46. Enclosed Stair case

Means a stair case separated by fire resistant walls and door(s) from the rest of the building.

47. Energy Efficient Building

Means a building compliant with the provisions of Energy Conservation Building Code(ECBC).

48. Existing Building or use

Means a building, structure or premises or its use existing on ground.

49. Exit

Means a passage, channel or means of egress from any building, storeys or floor area to a street or other open space of safety.

  • Horizontal Exit

Means a protected opening through or around a firewall or a bridge connecting two or more buildings;

  1.  Outside Exit

Means an exit from a building to a public way, or to an open area leading to a public way, or to an enclosed fire resistant passage leading to a public way;

  • Vertical Exit

Means an exit used for ascension or dissension between two or more levels including stairways, smoke-proof towers, ramps, escalators and fire escapes;

50. External Wall

Means an outer wall of a building not being a party wall even though adjoining to a wall of another building and also means a wall abutting on an interior open space of any building.

51. Escalator

Means a power-driven, inclined, continuous stairway used for ascending or descending between floors or bridge over a road/ railway line.

52. Escape Route

Means any well-ventilated corridor, staircase or other circulation space, or any combination of the same, by means of which a safe place in the open air at ground level can be reached.

53. Fire and/ or Emergency Alarm System

Means an arrangement of call points or detectors, sounders and other equipment’s for the transmission and indication of alarm signals, for testing of circuits and, whenever required, for the operation of auxiliary services. This device may be workable automatically or manually to alert the occupants in the event of fire or otheremergency.

54. Fire Lift

Means a special lift designed for a use of fire service personnel in the event of fire or other emergency.

55. Fire Proof Door

Means a door or shutter fitted to a wall opening made of fire resistant material to prevent the transmission and spread of heat, smoke and fire for a specified period.

56. Fire Pump

Means a machine driven by external power of transmitting energy to fluids by coupling the pump to a suitable engine or motor, which may have varying outputs/capacity but shallbecapableofhavingapressureof3.2kg/cm2atthetopmostlevelofamulti-storiedorhighrise building.

57. Fire Resistance

Means the time during which a material fulfils its function of contributing to the fire safety of a building when subjected to prescribed conditions of heat and load or restraint. The fire resistance test of structures shall be done in accordance with “IS 3809 (1979): Fire resistance test for structures”

58. Fire Resisting Material

Means a material which has certain degree of fire resistance.

59. Fire Separation

Means the distance in meters measured from any other building on the site, or from other site, or from the opposite side of a street or other public space to the building.

60. Fire Service Inlet

Means a connection provided at the base of a building for pumping up water through in-built fire-fighting arrangements by fire service pumps in accordance with the recommendations of the Chief Fire Officer.

61. Fire Tower

Means an enclosed staircase which can only be approached from the various floors through landings or lobbies separated from both, the floor areas and the staircase by fire resisting doors and open to the outer air.

62. Floor

Means the lower surface in a storey on which one normally walks in a building. The general term floor, unless otherwise specifically mentioned, shall not refer to a mezzanine floor.

Note – The sequential numbering of floors shall be determined by its relation to the determining entrance level. For floor at or above ground level, with direct entrance from / to road or street shall be termed as ground floor. The other floors above ground floor shall be numbered in sequence as Floor 1, Floor 2, etc., with the number increasing upwards. The stilt shall be termed as stilt floor or Stilt floor 1, Stilt floor 2 etc. and floors above shall be numbered as Floor 1, Floor 2,etc.

63. Floor space index (F. S. I)

Means the quotient obtained by dividing the area covered by P line as mentioned in Regulation No. 6.6 by the net area of theplot.

F.S.I. = Area covered by P line as mentioned in Regulation No. 6.6on all floors /Net Plot area

“Premium FSI” means the FSI that may be available on payment of premium as may be prescribed under these regulations.

64. Footing

Means a foundation unit constructed in brick work, masonry or concrete, steel or any other material permissible as per IS Code under the base of a wall or column for the purpose of distributing the load over a largearea.

65. Foundation

Means that part of the structure which is in direct contact with transmitting loads to the ground.

66. Front Open Space/Margin / Setback

Means the distance between the boundary line of plot abutting the means of access/ road/ street and the building line. In case of plots facing two or more meansofaccesses/roads/streets,theplotshallbedeemedtofrontonallsuchmeansofaccesses/ roads / streets.

67. Gallery

Means an intermediate floor or platform projecting from a wall of an auditorium of a hall providing extra floor area, additional seating accommodation etc. These shall also include the structures provided for seating instadia.

68. Garage –

A) Private Garage

Means a building or portion thereof having a roof and walls on threesides,designedandusedforparkingofprivatelyownedmotordrivenorothervehicleswithin a project. A private garage is not operated for gain and not designed or used for repairing, servicing, hiring, selling etc. of such vehicles. It does not include an unenclosed or uncovered parking space such as open parking areas.

              B) Public Garage – means a building or portion thereof designed as a garage operated for gain, and used for repairing, servicing, hiring, selling or storing or parking of motor driven or other vehicles.

69. Grey Water

Means waste water from kitchen sink, bathrooms, tubs, showers, wash basins, washing machines and dish washers excluding the waste water from water closets(W.C.).

70. Group Housing Scheme

Means a building or a group of buildings constructed or to be constructed with one or more floors, consisting of more than one dwelling units and having common service facilities. Common service facilities means facilities like stair case, balcony, corridor and varandahs, lift, etc.

71. Ground Level

Means the average level of the ground in a plot.

72. Habitable Room

Means a room constructed or intended for human habitation and uses incidental thereto, including kitchen if used as a living room but excluding a bathroom, water closet compartment, laundry, serving and storing pantry, corridor, cellar, attic and spaces not frequently used.

73. Hazardous Material 


    • Radioactive substances;
    • Material which is highly combustible or explosive and/or which may produce poisonous fumes or explosive emanations or storage, handling, processing or manufacturing of which may involve highly corrosive, toxic or noxious alkalis or acids or other liquids;
    • Other liquids or chemicals producing flame, explosives, poisonous irritant or corrosive gases or which may produce explosive mixtures of dust or fine particles capable of spontaneous ignition.

74. High-rise Building

Means a building having a height of 24 m. or more above the average surrounding ground level. Excluding chimneys, cooling towers, boiler, rooms / lift machine rooms, cold storage and other non-working areas in case of industrial buildings, and water tanks, and architectural features in respect of other buildings.

75. Home Occupation

Means customary home occupation other than the conduct of an eating or a drinking place offering services to the general public, customarily carried out by a member of the family residing on the premises without employing hired labour, and for which there is no display to indicate from the exterior of the building that it is being utilised in whole or in part for any purpose other than a residential or dwelling use, and in connection with which no article or service is sold or exhibited for sale except that which is produced therein, which shall be non-hazardous and not affecting the safety of the inhabitants of the building and the neighbourhood, and provided that no mechanical equipment is used except that as is customarily used for purely domestic or household purposes and/or employing licensable goods. Home Occupation may also include such similar occupations as may be specified by the Authority.

76. Layout Open Space / Recreational Open Space

Means a statutory common open space kept in any layout, sub-division or group housing scheme or campus planning exclusive of margins and approaches.

77. Ledge or Tand

Means a shelf like projection, supported in any manner whatsoever, except by vertical supports within a room.

78. Licensed Engineer / Structural Engineer / Supervisor

Means a qualified Engineer / Structural Engineer / Town Planner / Supervisor licensed by the Authority.

79. Lift

Means an appliance designed to transport persons or materials between two or more levels in vertical or substantially vertical directions, by means of a guided car platform.

80. Lift Lobby

Means a space from which people directly enter lift car(s) and in to which people directly enter upon exiting liftcar(s).

81. Lift Machine

Means part of the lift equipment comprising the motor(s) and the control gear there with, reduction gear (if any), brakes and winding drum or sheave, by which the lift car is raised or lowered.

82. Lift Well

Means unobstructed space within an enclosure provided for the vertical movement of the lift car(s) and any counter weights, including the lift pit and the space for top clearance.

83. Loft

Means an intermediate floor between two floors which is constructed for storage purpose and as defined in these regulations.

84. Mall

Means a large enclosed area comprising of shopping, entertainment and eating facilities and facilities incidental thereto.

85. Side and Rear Marginal Open Space / Marginal Distance

Means a minimum distance required to be left open to sky between the boundary of the building plot and the building line on respective sides.

86. Masonry

Means an assemblage of masonry units properly bound together with mortar.

87. Mezzanine floor

Means an intermediate floor between two floors of any story, forming an integral part of floor below, overhanging or overlooking a floor beneath, not being a loft between the floor and ceiling of any storey.


Mezzanine Floor

88. Means of Access

Means the road/ street/ vehicular access way, pathway upto the plot and to the building within a plot.

89. Multiplex/Multiplex Theatre Complex (MTC)

Means a place of public entertainment for the purpose of exhibition of motion pictures with multiple screens and/or dramas and other social or cultural programs as described in Maharashtra Entertainment Duty Act,1923.

90. Net Plot Area

Means area of the plot as defined in these regulations.

91. Non-conforming User

Means any lawful use/building existed on the site but which does not conform to the zoning shown on the Development Plan/Planning Proposal/Regional Plan inforce.

  • Noise Barriermeans an exterior structure/part of structure designed to protect inhabitants of sensitive land use areas from noisepollution.

93. Occupancy or Use Group

Means the principal occupancy or use for which a building or a part of a building is used, or intended to be used. Occupancy shall be deemed to include subsidiary occupancies which are contingent upon principal occupancy or use. Buildings with mixed occupancies are those in which, more than one, occupancy is present in different portions of the building. The occupancy classification shall have the meaning given in this regulation, unless otherwise spelt out in any plan under the Act.

  1. Residential Building

Means any building in which sleeping accommodation is provided for normal residential purposes with or without cooking or dining or both facilities. It includes one or two or multi-family dwellings, lodging or rooming houses, residential hotels, hostels, dormitories, Dharmashala, apartment houses, flats, service apartments, studio apartments and private garages incidental thereto;

  • Educational Building

Means a building exclusively used for a school or college recognized by the appropriate Board or University, or any other competent authority involving assembly for instruction, education or recreation incidental to educational use, and including a building for such other uses incidental thereto such as library, multi-purpose hall, auditorium or a research institution. It shall also include quarters for essential staff required to reside on the premises and a building used as a hostel attached or independent to an educational institution whether situated on or off its campus and also includes buildings used for day- care purposes for more than 8 hours per week;

  • Institutional Building

Means a building constructed or used for research in education, health and other activities, for medical or other treatment, hostel for working women/ persons/ students but not for lodging, an auditorium or complex for cultural and allied activities or for an hospice, care of persons suffering from physical or mental illness, handicap, disease or infirmity, care of orphans, abandoned women, children and infants, convalescents, destitute or aged persons and for penal or correctional detention with restricted liberty of the inmates ordinarily providing sleeping accommodation, and includes hospitals, sanatoria, custodial and penal institutions such as jails, prisons, mental hospitals, houses for correctional detention and reformatories;

  • Assembly Building

Means any building or part of a building where groups of people congregate or gather for amusement, recreation or social, religious, patriotic, civil, travel and similar purposes, e.g. theatres, motion picture houses, drive-in-theatres, multiplexes, assembly halls, city halls, town halls, auditoria, exhibition halls, museums, mangal- karyalayas, cultural centres, skating rinks, places of worship, dance theatres, clubs & gymkhanas, malls, passenger stations and terminals of air, surface and other public transportation services, recreation piers and stadia;

  • Business Building

Means any building or part thereof which is used for transaction of business for the keeping of accounts and records for similar purposes; offices, banks, professional establishments, I.T. establishments, call centres, offices for private entrepreneurs etc. shall beclassifiedinthisgroupinsofarasprincipalfunctionoftheseistransactionofpublic business and the keeping of books and records;

  • Office Building / Premises

Means the premises whose sole or principal use is to be used as an office or for office purpose; “office purposes” shall include the purpose of administration, clerical work, handling money, telephone/telegraph/ computer operations; and ‘clerical work’ shall include writing, book-keeping, sorting papers, typing, filing, duplicating, drawing of matter for publication and the editorial preparation of matter for publication and such other activities;

  • Mercantile (Commercial) Building

Means any building or part of a building which is used as shops, stores, market, malls for display and sale of merchandise, either wholesale or retail, including office, storage and service facilities incidental to the sale of merchandise and located in the same building;

  • Public/ Semi-public Building

Means a building used or intended to be used, either ordinarily or occasionally by the public such as (a) offices of State or Central Government, any public sector undertaking or statutory or local Authority or Semi Government Organization (b) a place for public worship, etc.;

  1. Wholesale Establishment

Means an establishment, wholly or partly engaged in wholesale trade, manufacturers’ wholesale outlets including related storage facilities, A.P.M.C. establishments, warehouses and establishments engaged in truck transport including truck transport booking agencies;

  • Industrial Buildings

means any building or part of a building or structure, in which products or materials of all kinds and properties are fabricated, assembled or processed like assembling plants, laboratories, power plants, smoke houses, refineries, gas plants, mills, dairies, factories etc.;

  • Storage Buildings

means any building or part of a building used primarily for the storage or sheltering of goods, wares or merchandise, like warehouses, cold storages, freight depots, transit sheds, godowns, store houses, public garages, hangars, truck terminals, grain elevators, barns and stables;

  • Hazardous Building

means any building or part of a building which is used for the storage, handling, manufacture or processing of radioactive, highly combustible or explosive materials or products which are liable to burn with extreme rapidity and / or which may produce poisonous fumes or explosive emanations during storage, handling, manufacturing or processing, which involve highly corrosive, toxic or noxious alkalis, acids or other liquids or chemicals producing flames, fumes and explosive mixtures of dust or which result in the division of matter into fine particles capable of spontaneous ignition;

  • Information Technology Building / Establishment (ITE)

Means an establishment which is in the business of developing either software or hardware relating to computers or computer technology as approved by Director of Industries.

  • Special Building


 i)any multi-storeyed building which is more than 24 m. in height measured from ground level,or buildings for educational, assembly, mercantile, institutional, industrial, storage and hazardous occupancies having built-up area 500 sq.m. or more on any floor irrespective of height of such building ,or any building with mixed occupancies with any of the aforesaid occupancies in (ii) above with built-up area 500sq.m.or more on any floor irrespective of height of such building.

Yatri Niwas 

means a building used for accommodation of tourist, traveller etc.

94. Owner

Means a person who has legal title to land or building and includes any person for the time being receiving or entitled to receive, whether on his own account or as agent, trustee, guardian, manager or receiver for another person or for any religious or charitable purposes the rents or profits of the property in connection with which it isused;

95. Parapet

Means low wall or railing built along the edge of a roof, terraces, balcony, varandah etc.

96. Parking Space

Means an enclosed or unenclosed, covered or open area or area provided by mechanical means sufficient in size to park vehicle. Parking spaces shall be served by a driveway connecting them with a street or alley and permitting ingress or egress of vehicles.

Parking Space

97. Partition

Means an interior non-load-bearing barrier, one storey or part-storey in height.

98. Permit / Permission

Means permission or authorization in writing by the Authority to carry out the work regulated by these regulations.

99. Plinth

Means the portion of a structure between the surface of the surrounding ground and surface of the floor immediately above the ground.

100. Plot / Site

Means a parcel or piece of land enclosed by definite boundaries.

101. Pandals / Shamiyanas

Means a temporary structure with roof or walls made of canvas, cloth other like material which is not adopted for permanent or continuous occupancy.

102. Porch

Means a covered surface supported on pillars or otherwise, for the purpose of pedestrian or vehicular approach to an entrance in a building.


103. Podium

Means a floor of a building extending beyond building line/s and used for parking, recreational open space, recreation, fire and building services/ utilities and incidental purposes, as specified in these regulations.

Podium UDCPR

104. Reconstruction

Means a reconstruction in whole or part of a building which has ceased to exist due to an accidental fire, natural collapse or demolition after having been declared unsafe by the Authority, or which is likely to be demolished by or under the order of the Authority/ Other Competent Municipal Officer.

105. Refuge Area

Means an unenclosed space in a multi-storied building Image

specifically provided to serve as fire-proof space to
gather easily for evacuation of the occupants.

Refuge Area UDCPR

106. Refuge Chute

Means a vertical pipe system passing from floor to floor provided with ventilation and inlet openings for receiving refuge from successive flats and ending at ground floor on top of the collecting chamber.

107. Road / Street

Means any highway, street, lane, pathway, alley, stairway, passageway, carriageway, footway, square place or bridge, tunnel, underpass, elevated road, whether a thoroughfare or not, over which the public have a right of passage or access or have passed and had access uninterruptedly for a specified period, whether existing or proposed in any scheme, and includes all bunds, channels, ditches, storm-water drains, culverts, sidewalks, traffic islands, roadside trees, hedges, retaining walls, fences, barriers and railings within the street lines.

108. Road / Street Line

Means the line defining the side limit of a road /street.

109. Road width or Width of road/street

Means the whole extent of space within the boundaries of a road when applied to a new road/street, as laid down in the city survey or development plan or prescribed road lines by any act or law and measured at right angles to the course or intended course or direction of such road.

110. Room Height

Means the vertical distance measured from the finished floor surface to the finished slab surface of a room. In case of pitched roofs, the room height shall be the average height between bottom of the eaves and bottom of the ridge from the finished floor surface.

Room Height UDCPR



111. Roof Top Photovoltaic (RTPV) System

Means any of the two Photovoltaic Systems installed on the roof of any building, i.e. (i) RTPV System with storage facility using battery, and (ii) Grid Connected RTPV System.

112. Row Housing

Means a row of houses with only front and rear open spaces except end houses which shall be with side open spaces.

113. Semi Detached Building

Means a building detached on three sides with marginal distances as specified and on the fourth side attached to a building in an adjoining plot.

114. Service Apartment

Means premises other than a lodge or hotel, in which furnished rooms or a suite of rooms are let out on short/long term basis.

115. Service Floor

Means a non-habitable floor with a height not more than 1.8m. from floor level to soffit of beam, generally provided in special buildings, wherever required, wherefrom services like water supply, sewage disposal system, electricity etc. are co-coordinated/maintained.

116. Service Road

Means a local road on a continuous alignment that normally runs adjacent and parallel to main roads like National or State Highways and provides access to properties bordering it.

117. Site corner

Means the side at the junctions of and fronting on two or more intersecting streets.

118. Site, Depth of Site

Means the mean horizontal distance between the front and rear side boundaries.

119. Solar Assisted Water Heating (SWH) System

Means a device to heat water using solar energy as heat source.

120. Double Frontage

Means a site, having a frontage on two streets other than a corner plot.

121. Site, Interior or Tandem

Means a site, access to which is by a passage from a street whether such passage forms part of the site or not.

122. Smoke Stop Door

Means a door for preventing or checking the spread of smoke from one area to another.

123. Stair Cover/Staircase Room

Means a structure with a covering roof over a staircase and its landing built to enclose only the stair and its landings for the purpose of providing protection from weather which should not be used for human habitation.

124. Stall

Means a small shop, floor area of which does not exceed 5.0sq.m.

125. Storage

Means a place where goods are stored.

126. Store Room

Means a room used as storage space.

127. Storey

Means the portion of a building included between the surface of any floor and the surface of the floor next above it, or if there be no floor above it, then the space between any floor and the ceiling next above it.

128. Stilts or Stilt Floor

Means the portion of a building above ground level consisting of structural columns supporting the super-structure with at least two sides open and without any enclosures and used for the purpose of parking vehicles like cars, scooters, cycles, etc. and other services as may be permitted under these Regulations.

129. Sub-station (Electric)

Means a station for transforming or converting electricity for the transmission or distribution thereof and includes transformers, converters, switchgears, capacitors, synchronous condensers, structures, cables and other appurtenant equipment and any buildings used for that purpose and the site there of.

130. Supported Double Height Terraces

Means open terraces, unenclosed on at-least one side with railing and lying wholly within building line with supports underneath and having minimum height of two floors.

131. Tenement

Means an independent dwelling unit with a kitchen or cooking alcove.

132. Terrace

Means an open-to-sky flat roof of a building or part of a building, provided with a parapet for safety and with or without any cantilevered portion.

133. Theatre

Means a place of public entertainment for the purposes of exhibition of motion picture and/or dramas and other social or cultural programs

134. Travel Distance

Means the distance from the remotest point on a floor of a building to a place of safety, be it a vertical exit, horizontal exit or an outside exit measured along the line of travel.


Travel Distance UDCPR



135. Tower like structure

Means a structure in which the height of the tower like portion is at least twice the width of the broader base.

136. Unsafe Building

Means buildings which are structurally unsafe, unsanitary or not provided with adequate means of ingress or egress which constitute a fire hazard or are otherwise dangerous to human life or which in relation to existing use constitute a hazard to safety or health or public welfare, by reason of inadequate maintenance, dilapidation or abandonment.

137. Varandah

Means a covered area with at least one side open to the outside with the exception of 1 m. high parapet on the upper floors to be provided on the open side.

138. Water Closet (WC)

Means a privy with arrangement for flushing the pan with water. It does not include a bathroom.

139. Water Course

Means a natural channel meant for carrying storm water and includes an artificial one formed by training or diversion of a natural channel;

  1. “Major Water Course” means a river.
    1. “Minor Water Course” means a nallah.

140. Window

Means an opening to the outside other than the door which provides all or part of the required natural light, ventilation or both, to the interior space.

141. Wing of a Building

Means a part of a building with independent access, staircase and lift connected to other parts with common basement/ stilt/ podium/ terrace/ common wall and connecting passages.