Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) otherwise known as Planning Permit Authority started from Development Control Department (DCD) under the Ministry of Physical Planning. This department performed the main functions of Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning Board, which was established on 28th April, 1998 by virtue of Lagos State Edict No. 2 of 1998 in line with the Nigerian Urban and Regional Planning Law (Decree) No. 88 of 1992. The Board started operation as Lagos State Urban and Regional Board (LASURB) in April 28, 1998 with Late R.O. Alaka as the first General Manager.
At inception, it had the following three departments:
(i) Development Control
(ii) Physical Planning Research and Statistics (PPRS) and
(iii) Regional Master Plan Department (RMD)
Later, the Central Monitoring Unit (CMU) was created from DCD in order to separate detection, monitoring and removal of illegal development from building plan processing.
Although the draft Physical Planning and Urban Development Law for Lagos State was deposited with the State’s Ministry of Justice in December 2003, its public reading at the Lagos State House of Assembly was not actualized until Tuesday, 14th December, 2004.
To reflect its new role of policy implementation and plans implementation, the board was re – christened in the draft law as Lagos State Physical Planning and Development Authority. This metamorphosed via the Official Gazette No. 25 Vol. 38 of 14 October 2005, which arose from the landmark judgment of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in June 2003 on the dispute between the Lagos State Government and Federal Government of Nigeria on the administration of Town Planning in the Country.
The new Law re – organized and re – structured LASURB to make its activities fit into the 21st Century Mega City vision of the State Government.
Thus, six departments were created for the Authority, viz:
(i) Development Permit Department (DPD)
(ii) Physical Development Monitoring Department (PDMD) later turned
Physical Development & Stage Certification Department (PD&SCD)
(iii) District Local Plans Department (DLPD)
(iv) Physical Development Interventions Department (PDID)
(v) Physical Planning Research and Statistics Department (PPRS)
(vi) Finance and Administration
In addition to these, four operational units were also created, viz:
(i) Geographical Information System Unit
(ii) Internal Audit Unit
(iii) Public Relations Office
(iv) Legal Unit
Subsequently, on Monday, 5th July 2010, the Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) signed into Law a new Agency to be known as the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) out of the present Lagos State Physical Planning and Development Authority (LASPPDA) and turned the erstwhile Lagos State Physical Planning and Development Authority into Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA).
- STRUCTURE OF LASPPPA
In order to achieve the foregoing, the Departments and Units were restructured within the Authority as follows:
- Development Permit Department (DPD)
- Physical Planning Research and Statistics Department (PPRSD)
- Physical Development Intervention Department (PDID)
- District and Local Plans Department (DLPD)
- Administrative and Human Resources Department (A&HRD)
- Accounts Department
- Technical Services Department(TSD)
- Geographic Information System Unit
- Press and Public Relation Unit
- Legal Unit
- Internal Audit Unit
- Budget and Planning Unit
- Information Communication Technology Unit
- Procurement Unit