DDA Master Plan services

Master Plan Submission & Approval Guidelines of DDA

Dubai Approvals

September 3, 2020

Dubai Development Authority (DDA) is a Dubai Government organization that has a broad directive on governing development control, municipal, economic, and immigration concerns over selected free zone clusters and other communities by several master developers all over Dubai. DDA focuses on Real estate planning and development control, Regulatory and licensing services governing all strategic projects and industries within its jurisdiction, and Industry development. There are DDA approvals and service categories, mainly Registration & Licencing Services and Zoning Services, which can also be accessed through the DDA E-service portal.

The Zoning Services of Dubai Development Authority regulates the master planning and construction, modification, and overall development of all engineering projects under its jurisdiction. DDA approvals include Master Planning that is under Zoning Services, where the authority provides a standardized review and approval for every master plan submission. Master Planning service has two subcategories, the Master Plan and Post-Master Plan that both have specific guidelines and requirements all available and can be downloaded through DDA E-services. 


Master Planning Services and Requirements

I. MASTER PLAN

Preliminary Master Plan

The primary stage in a master plan review process. Assessing a document that explains the overall vision of a project, mainly its goals and objectives, including the narrative and maps. The process may take up to 10 working days granted for completed applications only. No fees apply. 

Required Documents:
The registered Engineering Consultant must submit a Master Plan Approval Request
Preliminary Master Plan in accordance with the DDA Master Planning Guidelines with a soft copy PDF, CAD & Excel
Engineering Consultant Appointment Letter
(if needed)
Preliminary Master Plan Review Checklist 


Sign Off Sheet

Fees are applicable for Sign Off Sheet initial submission of 45,000 AED, in case of re-submission, the third submission fee will be 45,000 AED. Additional fees such as ‘Knowledge Dirham’ for 10 AED and ‘Innovation Dirham’ for another 10 AED are applicable for every transaction. The process may take up to 15 working days granted for completed applications only.

Required Documents:
Master Plan Approval Request
Subdivision Plan as per CAD Standard Template with a soft copy PDF & CAD
Plot Information Excel Sheet (Land Use Budget)
SOS Master Plan Review Checklist


Final Master Plan

Fees are applicable for the Final Master Plan initial submission of 45,000 AED, in case of re-submission, the third submission fee will be 45,000 AED. Additional fees such as ‘Knowledge Dirham’ for 10 AED and ‘Innovation Dirham’ for another 10 AED are applicable for every transaction. The process may take up to 15 working days granted for completed applications only.

Required Documents:
Master Plan Approval Request
Subdivision Plan as per CAD Standard Template with a soft copy PDF & CAD
Plot Information Excel Sheet (Land Use Budget)
SOS Master Plan Review Checklist


II. POST-MASTER PLAN

A Site Plan is used when designing a part of a land that is essential in acquiring construction and engineering approvals from certain authorities. It is a legal document for a property plot that is issued in the Owner or Lessee’s name with a validity of five years from date of issue unless changes on the Plot occur before the expiry of the Site Plan. The plan includes but is not limited to location, land boundary, dimensions, and zoning regulations such as land uses, limits of construction areas, setbacks, gross floor area, maximum height, driveways, green spaces, parking requirements.

New Site Plan

The Master Developer is required to submit a request to issue a Site Plan for the first time for a Plot. Fees are applicable per Site Plan of 1,000 AED. Additional fees such as ‘Knowledge Dirham’ for 10 AED and ‘Innovation Dirham’ for another 10 AED are applicable for every transaction. The process may take up to 5 working days granted for completed applications only.

Required Documents:
Site Plan Request
Valid Passport copy of sole Owner or a Valid Trade License copy of Company Owner
Copy of Title Deed 
No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Master Developer
(in case of lease only)

A copy of the Dubai Lands Department current site plan under the name of the developer needs to be attached if the Title Deed is under the name of shared owners of classified properties initially on the ground.


Site Plan Ownership Change

A Request for an issuance of a new Site Plan for a change in ownership of a Plot, may it be under the Owner or Lessee’s name, should be submitted by the registered Master Developer. Fees are applicable per Site Plan of 1,000 AED. Additional fees such as ‘Knowledge Dirham’ for 10 AED and ‘Innovation Dirham’ for another 10 AED are applicable for every transaction. The process may take up to 5 working days granted for completed applications only.

Required Documents:
Site Plan Request
Valid Passport copy of sole Owner or a Valid Trade License copy of Company Owner
Copy of Title Deed 
No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Master Developer
(in case of lease only)

A copy of the Dubai Lands Department current site plan under the name of the developer needs to be attached if the Title Deed is under the name of shared owners of classified properties initially on the ground.


Renewal Site Plan

A Renewal Site Plan Request for either Site Plan expiry, that is valid for 5 years, or during a change on the plot exists, and should be submitted by the registered Owner or Lessee, or Authorized Person. Fees are applicable per Site Plan of 1,000 AED. Additional fees such as ‘Knowledge Dirham’ for 10 AED and ‘Innovation Dirham’ for another 10 AED are applicable for every transaction. The process may take up to 5 working days granted for completed applications only.

Required Documents:
Site Plan Request
Valid Passport copy of sole Owner or a Valid Trade License copy of Company Owner
Copy of Title Deed 
No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Master Developer
(in case of lease only)

A copy of the Dubai Lands Department current site plan under the name of the developer needs to be attached if the Title Deed is under the name of shared owners of classified properties initially on the ground.


Notification of Land Sale/Lease Agreement Termination

This service enables Master Developers to inform the DDA Master Planning Department on terminating an agreement on land sale or lease agreement for a certain plot within DDA's jurisdiction and to duly update the system. The process may take up to 3 working days granted for completed applications only. No fees apply. 

Required Documents:
Notification of Land Sale/Lease Agreement Termination 
Copy of the termination agreement or related documents


Master Plan Modification

This is a service that allows modification of an approved Master Plan and integrates changes that may or may not have a significant overall impact on the project. 

Major Master Plan Modification
This service is to modify an approved Master Plan and integrate changes that have a significant impact on the overall infrastructure system of the project.

Minor Master Plan Modification
This service is to modify an approved Master Plan and integrate changes that do not have an impact on the infrastructure system of the project.

Fee for initial submission of 1,000 AED. In the case of Minor Modification, the balance of AED 1,000 for the first 3 plots, 200 AED for the additional plot. In the case of Major Modification, 1 fils/sq. ft of GFA, a minimum of 25,000 AED, and a maximum of 500,000 AED applies. For Re-submission, the third submission fee will be 25,000 AED. Additional fees such as ‘Knowledge Dirham’ for 10 AED and ‘Innovation Dirham’ for another 10 AED are applicable for every transaction. 

Necessary conditions for Master Plan Modification is required for any of the following changes:​

Change in GFA​
Land Use Change​
Re-configuration of Plot/ROW/Utility/Landscaping​
Subdivision &  Merge of Plots​
Design Guidelines Modification​

Required Documents:
Master Plan Modification Request
Description of proposed modification
Subdivision Plan
(before and after modification)
Land Use Budget Sheet (before and after modification) (soft copy in Excel & PDF)
No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Master Developer
Revised Plot Development Guidelines
(if needed)
Master Plan Modification Checklist


Copy of Drawing(s) Request

The process of requesting a hard or soft copy of a specific area within DDA's jurisdiction
Fees are applicable for this process of 500 AED. The process may take up to 2 working days granted for completed applications only.

Required Documents:

Copy of Drawing(s) Request


Land Demarcation

This process is needed to issue a Demarcation Certificate accordingly. It is a procedure
To fix plot boundaries and corners on the ground from pre-construction until the completion of the project. Fees are applicable for this process of 400 AED. Additional fees such as ‘Knowledge Dirham’ for 10 AED and ‘Innovation Dirham’ for another 10 AED are applicable for every transaction. The process may take up to 5 working days granted for completed applications only.

Required Documents:

Land Demarcation (to be submitted by Consultant)

-Land Demarcation Request (If applying through customer service center)
-Consultant Appointment letter from the owner

Re-Demarcation

A process during the construction to ensure that plot limits as well as construction works are within the authorized limits. The request applies to one of the following stages:

-Prior to Shoring Completion
-Prior to casting the ground floor slab
-Prior to issuing the Structural Completion Certificate

The request must be submitted by Contractor

-Land Demarcation Request (If applying through customer service center)

Final Land Demarcation

A process on Building Construction Completion and prior to issuing the Building Completion Certificate to ensure that plot limits and existing structures are within the authorized limits and complement the As-Built Survey Report. The request must be submitted by the Contractor.

-Land Demarcation Request (If applying through customer service center)
-As-Built Survey Drawing (A3 size hard copy and Auto CAD file)

 

Important Reminders in Master Plan Submission to Dubai Development Authority

These reminders are verified from the DDA E-service portal under Master Planning Services for an accurate and informative subject.

Any legal documents comprising more than one page must be sealed. 
The Power of Attorney shall clearly set out the authorized powers and needs to be accompanied with a copy of the valid passport of the Attorney-in-fact when submitted to the Authority. 
The Dubai Development Authority holds the right to request any additional documents or attestations by the UAE embassy or other embassies or government entities it may require, as and when needed. 
Board Resolution and/or Power of Attorney is a prerequisite from the Manager that should state the Manager's information such as full name, nationality, and passport number. 
The legal documents must be in Arabic and /or English.
Documents prepared in any other language other than Arabic or English must be legally and officially translated.

Before the submission of the Master Plan to DDA approval, the applicants should follow standard rules as stated in the Master Planning guidelines from the authority’s e-services portal.

Check DDA Master Plan Approval Process 
Check Guidelines for Each Topic 
Identify the Applicable Master Plan Stage
Identify Requirements Checklist
Apply the General Requirements 

 

It is indeed a long process with various required documents, yet there is no need to worry because engineering consultants in Dubai are experienced in the DDA approval process and requirements. Dubai Approvals Team (DAT) is one of the expert engineering consultants in Dubai who are very familiar with the Dubai Development Authority services and approvals. DAT provides high-quality engineering solutions to every construction and development project under the jurisdiction of DDA. Also, we are experts in other authority approvals in Dubai.


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