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Government of India

Ministry of Commerce & Industry

Department of Commerce

Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi

Dated the 14th July 2016


Subject : – Instruction regarding documents to be forwarded for full notification/additional area notification/partial de-notification/full de-notification/change of name of developer or co-developer and shifting of unit from one SEZ to another SEZ-reg.

The undersigned is directed to say that of late it has been noted in number of instances the documents forwarded by the office of DCs for full notification/additional area notification/partial de-notification/full de-notification/change of name of developer or co-developer and shifting of unit from one SEZ to another SEZ are not complete in all respect thereby leading to avoidable delay. A checklist for each of the aforesaid item of work is hereby circulated to ensure that complete documents are forwarded along with DC’s recommendation to this Department.



State Government’s Recommendation.


Inspection Report in prescribed format.


Developer’s Certificate countersigned by DC.


Legal Possession Certificate from revenue authorities.


Non-encumbrance Certificate from revenue authorities.


Land details of area to be notified duly certified by revenue authorities.


Colored Map clearly indicating survey numbers and duly certified by revenue authorities.


Copy of Registered Lease /sale Deed.



Certificate from concerned State Government or its authorized agency stating that the developer has irrevocable rights to develop the sad area as SEZ.


Form-C4 for increase in area along with DC’s recommendation.


Inspection Report in prescribed format .


Developer’s Certificate countersigned by DC.


Legal Possession Certificate from revenue authorities.


Non-encumbrance Certificate from revenue authorities.


Land details of the area to be notified duly certified by revenue authorities.


Colored Map clearly indicating survey numbers and duly certified by revenue authorities.


Copy of Registered Lease/sale Deed.



Form-C5 for decrease in area along with DC’s recommendation.


DC certificate in prescribed format.


Developer’s Certificate countersigned by DC.


Land details of the area to be de-notified countersigned by DC.


Coloured Map of the SEZ clearly indicating area to be de-notified and left over area duly countersigned by DC.


“No-Objection Certificate” from the state government w.r.t instructions issued by DoC vide its instruction No.D.12/45/2009-SEZ dated 13.09.2013 for partial de-notification shall be complied with Annex A.


‘No Dues Certificate’ from specified officer.



Form-C6 for full de-notification along with DC’s recommendation. Annex ‘B’


DC Certificate in prescribed format Annex ‘C’.


“No-Objection Certificate” from the state government w.r.t instructions issued by DoC vide its instruction No.D.12/45/2009-SEZ dated 13-9-2013 for full de-notification shall be complied with.


‘No Dues Certificate’ from specified officer.



Copy of Fresh Certificate of Incorporation, consequent on change of name issued by Registrar of Companies.


The details of Board of Directors and their shareholding pattern before and after name change duly certified by Chartered Accountant.


‘No Objection Certificate’ from the developer, in case proposal is for change in name of co-developer.



‘No Dues Certificate’ from the existing developer/co-developer.


Consent Letter/Offer of space from the developer/co-developer where unit wants to shift.

2. Such proposals should not henceforth be sent to the Department by post/courier. A responsible officer not below the level of DDC should deliver the proposals to this Department. In case the proposals do not fulfill the above requirement, the proposals shall not be accepted and shall be returned to the DDC for completion.

(Aditya Narayan)

Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Tele – 2306 2496

Encl : as above


Government of India

Ministry of Commerce & Industry

Department of Commerce

(SEZ Division)

Udyog Bhavan, New Delhi

Dated the 13th September, 2013


The Chief Secretaries of States /UTs

Subject: Implementation of the Special Economic Zones (Amendment] Rules, 2013 – Clarifications regarding


Please refer to the amendment to the provisions of the SEZ Rules, 2006 vide GSR 540(E) dated 12th August, 2013 issued by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry (Department of Commerce), Government of India, which may be viewed at http://sezindia,,asp [SEZ(Amendment) Rule 2013 Gazette copy]. I am directed to say that the intent and purpose behind the said amendments is to address the challenges being faced by SEZ Developers and Units on the one hand, while creating a more investor friendly environment on the other. The amendments are a part of the SEZ reforms which aim to better achieve the objectives of the SEZ Policy viz. growth of economic activity, attracting investment, boosting exports and generating additional employment. In order to facilitate better understanding of the amended Rules, the following clarifications are issued:

1. Minimum land area requirements for setting up of SEZ: In order to address the problem of aggregating large tracts of uncultivable land for setting up SEZs, while conforming to vacancy and contiguity norms, the minimum land area requirements for setting up of SEZ in various categories has been reduced by half. This is also aimed at permitting optimum utilization of land by the existing SEZs. The amendments permit the setting up of Multi-product SEZ with minimum land area requirements of 500 Ha. instead of 1000 Ha. Similarly, a sector specific SEZ can be set-up with a minimum land area requirements of 50 Ha, instead of 100 Ha.

The amendments for special category states etc have accordingly been reduced also.

2. In order to encourage agro-based industries in SEZs, a new sector ‘agro-based food processing’ sector has been introduced. A sector specific SEZ in this sector would require a minimum land area requirement of 10 Ha.

3. IT /ITES Sector: The minimum land requirement criteria of 10 Ha. for setting up of IT/ITES SEZs as envisaged in SEZ Rules, 2006 has been dispensed with. There will be no minimum land area requirement for IT/ITES SEZs but they will have to conform with a minimum built up area requirement. Furthermore the amendments provide that the minimum built up area requirement of one lakh square meters will now be insisted upon for the seven major cities viz: Mumbai, Delhi (NCR), Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune and Kolkata. For the other set of Category B cities 50,000 square meters norm will be applicable and for the remaining cities / locations 25,000 square meters of minimum built up area will be insisted upon.

4. In order to give effect to the changes made in IT/ITES Sector, classification of cities based on their IT density has been made and inserted as Annexure IVA to the amended Rules.

5. Consequent to above amendments, there may be certain requests/proposals for seeking de-notification of parcels of land from the existing SEZs. In order to prevent any possible misuse of such de-notified parcels of land by the Developers, Department of Commerce will consider only such applications which fulfill the following criteria:

(i) All such proposals must have an unambiguous ‘No Objection Certificate’ from State Government concerned.

(ii) State governments may also ensure that auch de-notified parcels would be utilised toward creation of infrastructure which would sub serve the objective of the SEZ as originally envisaged

(iii) Such land parcels after de notification will conform to Land Use guidelines/master plans of the respective State Governments.

These conditions are in addition to conditions which the Board of Approval may impose including refund of duties/benefits which the Developer may have availed on the land to be de-notified, preservation of contiguity of the remaining parcel of SEZ land, fulfilment of other conditions etc.

6. Broad-banding: Sectoral broad-banding provisions have been introduced for categories of sectors to encompass similar/related areas with each broad-banded sector treated as a single sector for the purposes of minimum land area criteria. The principle of broad-banding would be applied taking into account the fact that no additional environmental externalities be required for the additional units which would come up on account of such broad-banding. Some illustrative examples of such broad banded category comprising a sector would include:

  • Textile, apparel, hosiery, fashion garments, wool and carpet
  • Leather, leather handicrafts, leather garments and sports goods
  • Auto components/parts, light engineering
  • Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals and chemicals
  • IT, ITES, Electronic components and hardware manufacturing, nonconventional energy, BPO (including legal, medical and similar services), KPO and R&D

Related ancillary services of the sector and R&D services will be included and treated as an integral part of the sectoral broad-banding. Board of Approval (BoA) will have the discretion to allow additional categories to be broad-banded into a sector based on compatibility of area requirement etc.

7. Graded Scale for Minimum Land Criteria: In order to allow greater flexibility and address the intermediate size land tracts falling between different categories, it has further been decided to introduce a Graded Scale for Minimum Land Criteria. Thus for each contiguous fifty hectare parcel of land in a existing SEZ or which is added to a notified SEZ, an additional sector would be allowed. This would permit flexibility to the Developer to allot land to the Units thereby encouraging optimal utilization of the SEZ land.

8. Vacancy Norms clarified: It has been provided that addition or inclusion of any land to an existing SEZ, where such land contains a port, manufacturing unit, or structures in which no commercial, industrial or economic activity is in progress, then such existing ports, manufacturing units, or structures will not be entitled to any duty benefits in respect of the pre-existing structures. However any additions or up-gradations to such existing ports, manufacturing units, or structures after their addition or inclusion in a SEZ would qualify for the fiscal incentives as applicable for a new infrastructure in a SEZ. The authorised operations being carried on in such infrastructure would also be eligible for benefits as provided for under the SEZ Act and rules.

9. Transfer of Assets by SEZ Units upon their exit: Norms have been laid down in Rule 74A which allow a SEZ Unit to opt out of a SEZ by transferring its assets and liabilities to another entity by way of transfer of ownership including sale of subject to the conditions enumerated in the Rule. These include that the Unit has held a valid Letter of Approval as well as lease of land fo r at least a period of five years and has been in operation i at least two years. The transfer will be approved by the Unit Approval Committee keeping in mind the fulfillment of all eligibility conditions by the new entity to be a SEZ Unit. Further more the applicable duty liabilities. if any, as calculated under Rule 74, as well as export obligations of the transferee company. if any. shall stand transferred to the new entity who shall be under obligation to discharge the same on the same term and conditions as the transferee company.

Yours faithfully

(Rajeev Arora)

Joint Secretary to the Government of India


(to be furnished by Development Commissioner for De-notification of entire area/part of Special Economic Zone along with Form C5 or C6 submitted by the Developer)

With regard to the request of M/s ……………..for de-notification of the entire area of……………Ha* OR an area of …..Ha*, of the Multi Product*/Sector Specific SEZ for ……….at …, it is certified that:-


There are no unit in the SEZ* OR the existing units have been de-bonded following the procedure prescribed in rule 74 of the SEZ Rules.*


The developer has not availed any tax/duty benefits, under the SEZ Act/Rules, in r/o the land being de-notified.* OR The developer had availed the following tax/duty benefits under the SEZ Act/Rules:-


(i) & (iii)**




All tax/duty benefit indicated above have been refunded by the developer to my satisfaction.*


The SEZ shall remain contiguous even after de-notification of the area of. . . . . . . . . Ha and shall meet the minimum land requirement prescribed for the . . . . . . . sector which is . . . . . . . Ha.#


The land details for de-notification and a coloured map of the SEZ showing the area being de-notified, duly countersigned by me, are attached.#


The request for de-notification was approved by BoA in its. . . . . . . . meeting held on . . . . . . and approval was conveyed by D/o Commerce vide letter no. . . . . . . . dated . . . . . . . * OR The request can be approved on file as per the decision of the BoA, taken in the meeting held on-8th June, 2010 (item no. 40.16), as the area being de-notified is less than 10% of the existing area.*


All conditions subject to which the BoA has granted the approval for de-notification, of the above, area of the SEZ have been fulfilled to my satisfaction.


The State Government has given its ‘No Objection’ regarding de-notification of the above stated area of the SEZ.



(Signature of the Development Commissioner)


* Please strike out whichever is not applicable.

# Applicable only in the cases of part de-notification.




Name of Developer


Date of Formal Approval






Location of the SEZ


Area in hectares (Present Area)


Additional Area (in hectares) proposed to be notified


Whether land is in possession


Whether physical Inspection conducted


Whether land is vacant


Whether land is contiguous


Documents attached:


Proof of legal right and possession documents attested by State Govt. of authorised agency say revenue/Land Authority of the State govt./copy of Registered Lease deed.


Non-encumbrance certificate issued/certified by State Govt./Revenue/Land Authorities.


Map clearly showing the area of the SEZ certified by the concerned State Govt./Revenue/Land Authorities


List of block numbers/survey numbers/Khasra numbers along with area in hectares certified by the State Government/Revenue/Land authorities. (Notification will be issued on the basis of above details)


Is there any compulsory acquisition?


Is there any litigation over the land/If so, details


Is the DC satisfied that all the conditions as required under the SEZ Act/Rules are fully met for the notification?

Signature of the Development Commissioner

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