House Plan Submissions – What is the Process?
The City of Cape Town have created an easy to follow infographic to explain how the process of house plan submissions work.
Plans cannot be submitted by post or on-line, they have to be “walked through” personally by the owner or his appointed qualified professional.
The infographic takes you through way plans are handled step-by-step starting at the front counter where the clerk will make the initial assessment and then pass it on to the relevant department for scrutiny and capturing on to the system. At this stage a Tax invoice is generated if there are no amendments required then the fees have to be paid and the plans then move on through the system.
Cape Town has a handy clock system to monitor how the plans are moving through the process and where they are at any given moment. If amendments are to be made for any reason, a notification will be sent out and the plans will have to be collected, amended and re-submitted. The plans are then returned to the department that requested the amendments and they re-enter the system. Once the plans have been finally approved a notification will be sent out and they can be collected.
No building work is allowed to start until the plans have had their final approval.
This is the way that the City Cape Town handle their plan submissions and each province has their own way of processing plan submissions. Wheras in broad terms this is what will happen I suggest that you contact your local Municipal Planning Department and ask them what is needed.
The stages of the building site inspections will be dealt with in another post.