1.    These building by-laws may be called the Municipal Corporation (Erection and re-erection of building) Bye-laws, 1997.

2.    These shall come into force at once. 

3.    These building bye-laws shall apply to the entire area of Municipal Corporations or to such other areas, as the State Government may extend by notification in the official gazette. 


  • Abut: A building is said to abut on a street when the outer face of any of its external walls is on the street, road boundry. 
  • Act: Means the Punjab Municipal corporation Act, 1976. 
  • Applicant: Applicant shall mean the person who gives a notice to the Commissioner/Administrator/Competent authority of his intention to erect or re-erect a building and shall include his legal representatives
  • Architect: Architect shall have same meaning assigned to it as in the Architects Act, 1972
  • Architectural Control: means control of horizontal/vertical projections from the walls of the building and to restrict the height on any site exposed to the view from the street/road. Similarly architectural control sheets shall mean sheets/drawings with directions as mentioned above and signed and retained by competent authority.
  • Area in Relation to the Building: Means the superficial or a horizontal section thereof made at plinth level inclusive of the external walls and of such portion of the party walls as being of the building. 
  • Building: Means walled and roofed / structure built for temporary or permanent use either for habitation or for storage or for an industry or for business use or.
    • Addition to the building: means addition to the cubic contents or to the floor area of the
    • Ancillary Building in the residential area: shall mean a building attached to or serving the main residential building and shall include buildings such as garage, store, rooms, fuel store, servant quarters but shall not include annexe or a guest house capable of use as independent dwelling unit. 
    • Ancillary building in an industrial area: shall mean a building ancillary to or serving the main industrial building and shall include administrative building godowns, cycle-sheds, dispensary, canteen, electric sub-station and quarters for watch and ward staff, but shall not include residential accommodation for the superior staff.
    • Categories of building: shall mean a building in one of the following five categories:
      • Residential building
      • Commercial Building
      • Industrial or warehouse building
      • Public building/institutional building
      • Mixed landuse building
  • Basement or Cell or: shall mean the lower storey of the building immediately below or partly below the ground level. 
  • Bressummer: shall mean the beam or a girder which carries load of wall or slab
  • Balcony: shall mean a cantilevered horizontal projection at the roof level from the wall of a building without any vertical support and having a balustrade or railing not exceeding one meter in height and intended for human use. 
  • Barsati: shall be a habitable space on the top roof of the building with/without toilet facility. 
  • Building Line: means a fixed line specified for a site beyond which no building within the site other than compound wall shall project. 
  • Canopy: shall mean a cantilevered projection from the face of the wall over an entry to the building at the lintel level provided that:
    • It shall not project beyond the plot line. 
    • It shall not project beyond the plot line.  
    • It shall not be lower than 2.3 mtrs. Or 7’-6” when measured from the ground
    • It shall not be allowed at more than one entry
    • It shall not extend more than 1.8 meters or 6 ft. beyond the building line
    • There shall be no structure on it and the top shall remain open to sky.