Municipality

Aug 222016
 
Consumers Pay For Fresh Air On Their Water Bills

By JANEK SZYMANOWSKI Every time a water pipe bursts, there’s a good chance that the municipality will rake in thousands of rands from false water meter readings. This is because air passing through consumers’ water meters and water pipes gives […]

Nov 102014
 
House Without Approved Plans

The Implications of Selling a House Without Approved Plans If you are selling your house, and don’t have approved plans, you could find yourself in a lot of trouble. And if you are buying a house, and don’t ask whether […]

Jun 022014
 
Retaining Walls

The Implications of Building Retaining Walls Part K of SANS 10400, Walls in the National Building Regulations (NBR) covers the structural strength and stability of all walls, including those that form part of a house or other building, and both […]

Apr 092014
 
City of Cape Town Planning Joins Digital Age

City of Cape Town Planning Departments Now Accept Plans On a Memory Stick After at least two years of development the City of Cape Town has implemented and introduced its new DAMS  (Development Application Management System). This new Development Application Management System […]

Feb 112014
 
Electric Fences Rules & Regulations

Electric fences are governed by the Electrical Machinery Regulations which are part of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. In addition, local authorities and municipalities have their own by-laws that must be complied with. You can download the Electrical Machinery Regs […]

Feb 102014
 
JHB – Swimming Pools, Boundary Lines and Plans

City of Johannesburg Relaxes Swimming Pool Plan Submissions The City of Johannesburg’s Planning Department has confirmed that they have relaxed the by-laws relating to swimming pools and plan submissions. These regulations concern the submission of plans – namely when plans […]

Dec 082013
 
Balustrade Installation

Ensure Your Balustrade System is Installed Correctly As it currently stands, the individual or professional company commissioning a balustrade sub-contractor has far more responsibility regarding their project than they realise. The Building Owner is responsible for ensuring that their project […]

Dec 072013
 
The PAJA: A Law to Protect Your Rights

The PAJA: A Law to Protect Your Rights We get questions daily about buildings blocking views, balconies overlooking neighbours’ bedrooms, building approval without neighbours’ consent, developers not putting in correct storm-water drains; complaints that the neighbours wall is on “my” […]

Nov 232013
 
Nkandla - At What Cost?

Nkandla is Probably the Most Costly Owner Building Project in the History of South Africa Traditions come and go, and it seems once again to be a growing trend to have extended family living together in one home. But the […]

Nov 162013
 
Flood Damage

Is Flood Damage an “Act of God” or a Result of Bad Planning and Shoddy Construction? By Penny Swift, November 16,2013 As much of the greater Cape Town area and other parts of the Western Cape are still reeling after a […]

Jul 262013
 
Housing Consumers Protection Measures Act

The Housing Consumers Protection Measures Act 95 of 1998 Updated 2008 – EXPLAINED 1. The main purpose of the Housing Consumers Protection Act is to give protection to housing consumers. At the same time it created the NATIONAL HOME BUILDERS […]

Jul 122013
 
Tshwane Town Planning Scheme 2008

The Town Planning Scheme  for the Tshwane Region 2008 We have included these Tshwane Planning Scheme Regulations to assist you with accessing the the correct information so that you can make the right decisions when it comes to planning any […]

Jun 252013
 
Cape Town Zoning Scheme

City of Cape Town Zoning Scheme Regulations We have included this Cape Town Zoning Scheme Regulations document to assist you with accessing the the correct information so that you can make the right decisions when it comes to planning any […]

Jun 202013
 
Municipality Contact

How to contact your Local Authority and Municipality in your District   We get requests almost on a daily basis about “How do I  contact my local Municipality?”,  “Where is my local Authority?”, “Where do I take my plans?”, “Where […]

Jun 132013
 
Town Planning Scheme - JHB

Consolidated Johannesburg Town Planning Scheme, 2011 We have included this Johannesburg Town Planning Scheme document to assist you with accessing the the correct information so that you can make the right decisions when it comes to planning any construction, building […]

Jun 122013
 
Town Planning Definitions

A List of Definitions and Terms Used in Town Planning Schemes Includes Land Use and Zonings Terms The Johannesburg metropolitan area is the largest, most diverse and most cosmopolitan in South Africa, so we have based this list on definitions […]

May 012013
 
Temporary Buildings

Temporary Buildings Must be Authorized by the Local Authority  “temporary adj lasting only for a short time” People often talk about temporary buildings in terms of structures that can be erected quickly and without plans. Some people go so far as to […]

Apr 162013
 
National Building Regulations Glossary

A to Z Glossary of Definitions and Terms Used in the National Building Regulation Code of Practice   Every industry has terms and definitions that are specific to that industry, and the building industry is no exception. These Building Regulation […]

Apr 032013
 
Stormwater Disposal

Stormwater Disposal-Part R, What the Regulations Say Property owners are responsible for the removal of storm water from their property. They may NOT simply discharge excess water onto adjacent land or into the street unless this is permitted by neighbors […]

Mar 272013
 
Illegal Building Leads to Chaos

Rapid Urban Decay in Jozi Blamed on Illegal Building The City of Johannesburg has lost control of town-planning infringements, according to an article published in The Star newspaper at the beginning of February 2013. It seems they simply can’t stop […]

Mar 252013
 
Boundary Walls and Fences

Strategic Planning of Boundary Walls and Fences Boundary walls and fences are one of the most controversial topics facing homeowners. We are constantly contacted by people from all parts of South Africa who want advice – or have some sort […]

Mar 052013
 
NHBRC - Q&A's

The NHBRC – Frequently Asked Questions and Answers   The NHBRC has a page with a number of questions that we also get on this website. The most common questions and answers we have listed here below with thanks to […]

Nov 252012
 
Plans & Minor Building Work

You Don’t Need Plans for Minor Building Work … But you DO Need Permission to Build Anything you build on your property needs plans, unless it is defined as “minor building work”. However the Act states very clearly in Part […]