Nearly every Indian state is striving to digitize its land records. Not only is this a great idea, but it will save maintenance costs. The move to make land records online aligns with India’s “Digital India Program”.
You can do more than view land records online with these facilities. Now, you can also apply for a Patta Chitta certificate online. For citizens of Tamil Nadu or prospective homeowners in the state, a Patta Chitta certificate is mandatory. The certificate is a legal document that contains necessary details about land or property.
The Tehsildar (or tax officer) of the district manages the land records. The Tamil Nadu government issues the Patta Chitta documents so you can utilize them to assert your ownership of a certain land or property.
What is Patta?
A Patta is a legal document obtainable from the Tamil Nadu government which shows that you are the rightful owner of land or property. It also serves as proof or a revenue record for land or property. Otherwise known as the Record of Rights (ROR), you can obtain a copy of the Patta from the district office near where the land is found.
The Tehsildar issues the Patta document on behalf of the state government. You can also apply for the Patta document online.
What Does the Patta Document Contain?
If you’ve applied online or at the district office and are eager to know what’s inside the document, here is a look at its content:
- The Patta number
- The owner’s name
- Name of the district/taluk(local unit)/village
- The survey number and subdivision
- The land’s total area
- Details of the tax paid
- Land’s classification, whether wetland or dryland
What is Chitta?
Chitta is a legal revenue document about land or property. The Village Administration Officer (VAO) and the Thaluka office manage the Chitta document. From the document, you can tell a lot about land or property like its ownership, area, and size.
The Chitta document focuses on the wetland (nanjai) or the dryland (punjai). “Nanjai” represents the land or area with canals, rivers, or ponds. “Punjai” represents the land with fewer water bodies.
The Patta Chitta Merger
Until 2015, the Tamil Nadu government issued the Patta and Chitta documents separately. In 2015, both documents were merged into a document and the one document contains all relevant information. It now serves as a document useful for all property or land transactions in Tamil Nadu state.
How to Apply for the Patta Chitta Document Online
Before the Patta Chitta merger in 2015, if you wanted either the Patta or Chitta, you needed to apply at the district office. With the merger of both documents, you can now apply online. To apply, follow the steps listed below.
- Go to the Patta Chitta online website and choose your preferred language between English or Tamil. The language you select is what will be displayed on the website.
- Choose from the Patta and FMB, or TSLR Extract on the district where the land or property is located. You also need to input details like ward/block/survey number.
- After inputting the above details, click “Submit”. By doing so, you have applied for the Patta Chitta document online.
- Upon receiving your application, the system creates a Patta Chitta certificate from the Town Survey Land Register. The register contains details about the property such as the ward/block/survey number and municipality.
How to Transfer a Patta Chitta Certificate?
If you intend to sell a property, you need to initiate a transfer of the Patta Chitta certificate to the buyer. Below are the steps to follow:
- You will apply for the transfer and submit your form at the Tehsildar’s office. The office needs to be the one closest to the land or property.
- Upon reviewing your application, it either gets approved or denied. This is done based on the evaluation of the property and its documents.
What are the Documents Needed for a Patta Chitta Transfer?
Like we previously mentioned, you need to provide some documents to back up your transfer application. Here are the documents:
- An original copy and photocopy of the Sale Deed for authentication.
- Proof of possession like a Paid Tax Receipt or electricity bill.
- Encumbrance certificate.
How to Check Your Patta Chitta Document Status Online?
Below are the steps to check your Patta Chitta status online:
- Visit the Tamil Nadu government’s website designated for districts.
- Input your application identification details and the “Captcha Values”.
- After clicking the “Get Status” option, your application status will display.
Service Charge for the Patta Chitta Certificate
To get the certificate online, you need to pay a 100 rupee fee.
How to Validate Your Patta Certificate
The following steps will help you validate your certificate:
- Visit the e-District website.
- Choose “Verify Patta”.
- Input the “Reference Number” and hit “Submit”.
How to Verify Your Patta Chitta Document Online
You can verify your document online by simply following the below steps:
- Go to the Tami Nadu government services website.
- Input the Reference Number.
- Hit the “Submit” option.
- Your result will instantly display.
The certificate isn’t issued to apartments because such buildings have multiple owners/occupants. It can contain details about the apartment but it is primarily a land document.