There are three categories of development application:

1. Major – New buildings.
2. Minor – Renovation, extension (both horizontal & vertical), alteration of floor use, boundary/retaining walls, temporary structures (less than one floor) etc.
3. Green Channel – For proposals of modest scale (G+1) submitted through accredited architects on plot size less than 25 decimals (optional).


  • Major Construction Application
  • Minor Construction Application
  • Green Channel Construction Application

1. Major Construction Application
Submit your duly filled application form along with the following documents:
Documents required are as follows
Latest Plot/Land Ownership Certificate
Latest/re-validated official site plan issued by Urban Planning Division of Thimphu Thromde
Certificate of the Architect and design engineers and Construction Development Board (CDB) registration number of the design Architectic.
Three sets of Architectural drawings (A3 size) drawn to a suitable scale.
Three sets of Structural drawings (A3 size)
Three sets of Electrical drawings (A3 size)
Three sets of Sanitary/Sewerage drawings (A3 size)
Three sets of Plumbing/Water supply drawings (A3 size)
Three sets of Utility (Telephone/Internet) drawings (A3 size)
Three sets of Drainage drawings (A3 size)

The owner and /or the designer will be contacted for any clarification that needs to be made during the approval process.

i. The scrutiny architects/designers will review the design and drawings based on the prevailing structure plans, DCR, BBR, Bhutan Building codes or other relevant/recognized codes. This takes up to 23 days, provided it meets the requirements set in the rules/standards.

ii. After approval of the drawing, make Scrutiny and Service/amenity fees payment to Revenue Section.
iii. Collect 2 copies of the approved drawings after signing the undertaking/ agreement for the construction.

2. Minor Construction Application Submit a duly filled application along with the following documents:

i. Certificate of the Design Team.
ii. Undertaking letter from the structural engineer.
iii. Certification of the capacity of the structure to withstand the additional loads.
iv. Letter of assurance from a Design Engineer, of the capacity of the existing septic tank to absorb additional waste or the plan for the new septic tank duly marked on the site plan.
v. Non-destructive testing machine results/reports of the assessment of the stability of the existing structure.
vi. Three sets of Architectural drawings (A3 size) drawn to a suitable scale.
vii. Three sets of Structural drawings (A3 size).
viii. Three sets of Electrical drawings (A3 size).
ix. Three sets of Electrical drawings (A3 size).
x. Three sets of Sanitary/Sewerage drawings (A3 size).
xi. Three sets of Plumbing/Water supply drawings (A3 size).
xii. Three sets of Utility (Telephone/Internet) drawings (A3 size).

3. Green Channel Construction Application The following documents have to accompany the proposal:

i. A duly filled building application form along with the Architect’s undertaking form.
ii. Certificate of the Design Architect, Structural Engineer and Electrical Engineer.
iii. The Officials will check only setback, plot coverage, building height and land use.
iv. Approval will be issued in 14 days period, failing to which constructions may be commenced.
v. There is 50% rebate on scrutiny fee but service/amenity fee remain same as the major application.
vi. The proposal must consist of two sets of architectural, structural, electrical, water supply and sanitation drawings.
vii. Execution of such proposal will be monitored by the Build Section of the office.


i. The Building Application Form can be either downloaded from the website or can be collected from the reception counter of the Development Control Division at the sum of Nu. 50/- (Surcharge).
ii. All the drawings should be co-signed by the owner/s and the designer.
iii. Signing on behalf of the applicant is permitted if there is the power of attorney / authorization.
iv. For information, not applicable, write “not applicable” or” N/A”.
v. The cost of relocating any municipal services, if affected, will be equally borne by the TCC and the concerned owner.
vi. For additional information, use a new page, if necessary.
vii. The proposal for basement construction requires two reports:
• Report 1: statement by the design engineer that adjacent structures will not be affected by the basement construction.
• Report 2: statement by the design architect on feasibility of access road to the basement parking.


The owner/builder shall seek appointment with the Zone Inspector (Building Inspector) to carry out inspection. The inspection is carried out using the check list given below:

  • Building Layout & Foundation Excavation
  • Foundation Inspection
  • Basement Floor Inspection
1. Building Layout & Foundation Excavation

i. Building layout inspection must be carried out by the site engineer prior to verification process. ii. The owner has to make a formal written appointment with the Head of the Building and the team comprising the architect and building inspector for verification. iii. Letter of Approval for the soil disposal from the Environment Division of Thromde must be produced. iv. The following persons should be physically present during the verification process with a copy of the approved drawings:

• The Site engineer • The Builder/Contractor

v. The construction maybe be withheld till further notice from DCD if the following conditions are not met:

• soil disposal approval, • the setbacks, • construction safety requirement, and • site development acceptability.


i. All drawings must be duly signed by designers and owner. ii. Scrutiny fee is applicable only for the approval of temporary structures and extensions (vertical & horizontal) but not for other minor construction approvals.

2. Foundation Inspection

Inspection of the foundation will be carried out on the basis of the following:

i. Depth of footing/foundation as specified in the approved drawings. ii. Brand, size and spacing of reinforcement. iii. Center line layout, concrete cover, size and thickness of footing. iv. Framework placement and smoothness of the receiving face. v. Concrete grade and use of correct mix ratio as specified in the drawings. vi. Feasibility of access road for (if proposal include basement parking) with 75% of the basement below the natural ground level.

3. Basement Floor Inspection

i. Basement with 75% below the natural ground level. ii. Size and cover for beams and columns. iii. Grade of re-bar, size and number of re-bar, splicing and anchorage length, spacing and size of stirrups, location of splicing and correct placement longitudinal re-bar.

iv. Grade of concrete, framework, safety requirements.

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