Question: HOW LONG DOES BUILDING PLAN TAKE TO BE APPROVED?
Answer: In terms of the Nation Building Regulations and Building Standard Act, the Municipal has 30 days to approve or refuse a building plan application for buildings smaller than 500m².
Question: WHO MAY PREPARE BUILDING PLANS?
Answer: In terms of the Architectural Profession Act (Act 44 of 2000), architects, technologist and draughtspersons who are registered with the South Africa Council for the Architectural Profession may prepare building plans. For details on how to register, visit: www.sacapsa.com
Question: Do I need to inform my neighbour of my proposed building works?
Answer: No (although it is considered good practice), unless the application also includes departure from the zoning scheme regulations (such as building line relaxation, increased bulk/coverage/height etc.) or similar proposals, in which case formal consultation is required.
Question: What are the consequences of building without approved plans?
Answer: A building inspector may serve an order to stop any illegal building work immediately, which if ignored may lead to a fine or even further prosecution and a court order to demolish the structures concerned.
Question: How long is an approved building plan valid?
Answer: A building inspector may serve an order to stop any illegal building work immediately, which if ignored may lead to a fine or even further prosecution and a court order to demolish the structures concerned.Last published 05 February 2016