Khata Transfer At BBMP – Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike

Vidhana Soudha, Bengaluru
Vidhana Soudha

Khata transfer is an activity that in the land records of the local government transfers the property in your name. This is a follow-up activity after you have registered your property and the property belongs to you.

Khata Transfer at BBMP

Technically this is just a formality that needs to be completed. But it is a must do activity in case you need to sell your property. Most builders will help you do this transfer done in your name. But would ask for a hefty service charge which is anywhere around 8-10 times the actual cost prescribed by the government. Sometime in August 2008, I and my neighbors decided to get the Khata transfer done for our apartments. Everyone we spoke to quoted a big price to get it done. We did a little bit of research on the internet and figured out the process and the documents required for getting the Khata done.

We collected all documents and went to the BBMP office, which fortunately is not too far from where we stay. Met a person, who told us that he can get the Khata done in 20 days. And the cost is this per unit and since it was two of us, we might get some discount. We told him that we do not have any money and hence can not pay anything, we will submit the documents and we will wait for the process to take its time. We were anyway not in any hurry. He said, you can try but it will not happen. We had no clue what to do, but we decided we will give it a sincere try. So began our series of trips to BBMP office.


Every other day we would go and they would tell us some document that is missing. Once they lost all the documents that I had given them. But we kept showing resilience and kept giving them the documents again and again. In the process, I almost made friends with the photocopier guy next to the BBMP office.

Then one fine day, we got the much-awaited notice from BBMP to deposit the Khata generation fees, which we promptly deposited. There were few more steps that we had to do like depositing some taxes and filling in some applications forms. But within next 2 weeks, with some additional 5-6 trips to BBMP office, we managed to get our Khata documents done. We had to be absolutely strong and say, ‘I do not have money to pay you and I want this done. Here are all the documents that you need.’ According to the BBMP website, once you submit all the documents you should get the Khata document within 30 days, but it took us four times the stipulated time.

Patience & Resilience

It was a test of our patience and resilience. But finally, it feels great to have done something just the right way. Looks like one of my biggest achievement in 2008…:-)


  1. This is inspiring . I think if each citizen in this country has patience and perseverance we can abolish corruption

    Happy New Year Anu !!!


  2. Hi Anu,

    I´m proud of you.
    Brazil is not different in this case, most of bureaucratic procedures are so corrupted! To make things happen in the right way, you must be very patient, and nothing is garanteed!

    Well done! The world need more people like you.

    See you.
    Mari from Brazil

  3. Hi Anu,
    It was awe inspiring. I appreciate your grit and patience to do this khatha tranfer routine.

    Absolutely we can get any job done in any Govt office once we have the necessary documents and time to spare. As most of us look for shortcuts to get the work done quickly or no time to spare, we end up paying the bribes.

    I feel officials are exactly using this route of delay tactics to harass the citizen and test the patience of people to extract the money.

    Hope there is some system in place to punish officials for their blackamiling techniques when the citizen report the same to authorites of their harassment, so that we eliminate wasting our precious productive time of citizens.

  4. Anuradha,

    I’ll start my khata transfer process soon. It would be great if you could make a list of the documents that you were asked to submit. btw, did you find any guides on how to fill up the form? I am a bit confused about the sections especially given that mine’s an apartment but the form asks for site details, etc.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Hi Anuradha,

    I too faced the same problem. The person who is a so called area inspector or our area asked me to pay Rs. 6000/- for the same where as the khata transfer amount is not around 2500 as he calculated.

    I was really feeling boiled-up when he straight-away demanded for the money.

    Every other day we see articles about BBMP in news papers but no one publishes this kind of happenings and sufferings of the people.

    Eventually, I too did the same thing that you have done. Let me see how long will they take to transfer my khata.

    The guy was telling me that he needs the betterment charges receipt, which I do not carry as I have purchased this flat on a second hand deal.

    Please let me know if there is any other document required to be submitted other than the following:
    1) All previous years tax receipt
    2) Registration Deed(Sale Deed) document.

    Thanks in advance,
    Vivek Pohre

  6. Hi Anu,

    I have taken an apartment in Kodichikkanahalli and wanted to get the Khata transferred to my name. But when i went to Bommanahalli CMC office for the Khata enquiry they have said that i need to get the khata done only through the association. Itseems we cannot get hte khata done individually as the builder has taken OC from CMC but not from BDA. Hence we also need to obtain an OC from BDA as well.

    Pl. guide me and let me know how to proceed for such things and khata transfer individually.


  7. Thanks Laks, Reddy and Miri

    Biju, actually you need only your registration document, tax paid receipts and an encumbrance certificate, apart from them you should not need anything as otherwise your apartment would not have registered.

    Vivek, I do not think you need anything more, otherwise how was the property registered.

    Kusuma, Taking OC is the responsibility of builder and not you, they should provide you with a copy of the same. And as far as I know you can do khata individually, as its your personal property, but going through association may make things easier as 90% of the documents required by these guys are common and they may make you run for them individually.

    Hope this helps.

  8. Cheers to Suncity Apartment Owners and Association for giving no bribe for Khata Transfer.

    Complete News:All credits goes to Suncity Apartment Owner Association (SAOA).

  9. Hi Anu,
    Appreciate the way you got it done!

    I recently purchased a property and now planning to do the post registration stuff like Khata transfer/Electricity connection/Water connection

    first thing is Khata, and my property comes under BBMP, i firstly want to know the cost involved in this.

    Please advice.



  10. Hi Anu,

    I was inspired by ur action hence went about doing the same myself. I did get the Khatha but just want to check if I have got the right document as “The Khatha”. Since everything written in it is in Kannada would appreciate if you could just scan your Khatha and post it, no where on the net do I find a sample or look alike khatha. Thanks a ton Manju

  11. Awesome Achievement.


    I have also started the Khata Transfer Procedure.

    The process looks pretty simple but it would require lot of patience.