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Updated: Apr 20, 2022

Building by the rules


The first step to take before engaging into any affair is to understand the rules for the purpose of achieving the desired outcomes. Answering questions like what the rules are, who sets them and why they exist at all, amongst many other questions, is of utmost importance. At We Do House Plans we build by the rules by applying the policies and regulations as set out by the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act 103 of 1977 (ww.gov.za,n.d.) and the South African National Standards 10400 (Sans10400.co.za, 2014) to ensure that all your building plan needs are compliant, approved and met. These documents set out the rules of construction and provide standards which are vital to observe to successfully construct a project.

What are the rules?

The National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act 103 of 1977 established in 1977 is a series of written laws passed by Parliament “to promote uniformity in the laws relating to the erection of buildings in areas of jurisdiction of local authorities; for the prescribing of building standards and for matters connected therewith” (ww.gov.za,n.d.) In simpler terms the act aims to ensure equity and a sense of consistency with regards to the construction of buildings nationally. The National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act 103 of 1977 governs the South African National Standards 10400 (Sans10400.co.za, 2014). This document illustrates different ways of demonstrating compliance with the National Building Regulations through functional guidelines and provisions. These regulations apply to all new construction work. According to the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act 103 of 1977 section four- subsection one the act states the requireme


nt of evidence in the form of plans and specifications to be drawn and submitted, for prior approval in writing of the local authority in question, before the erection of any building. This is where we come in, We Do House Plans does all the homework.


Who sets the rules?



The Act is regulated and enforced by the State President, the Senate and the House of Assembly of the Republic of South Africa. The responsibility of ensuring that the building complies with all laws ultimately relies on the owner of the building who will be liable of all charges if the building does not comply.

Why are they important?

These laws are important because they protect and uphold our rights to a safe and healthy environment through ensuring that buildings are designed to be fit for people to comfortably inhabit. These rules apply to all types of construction regardless of scope. They cover several aspects of construction and are divided into parts from A-S pertaining to the various aspects of a building. It is a requirement of the law and if not followed it is a criminal offence. The owner who bears the responsibility is then liable of a fine at a maximum of R100.00 per day if the building in question is non-compliant. (ww.gov.za,n.d.)



In essence to build by th


e rules, you need to know the rules and most importantly adhere to the rules. Not all matters are fair but at the end of the day it is better to be safe than sorry.



References



Sans10400.co.za. (2014). Building Regulations South Africa - An Introduction. [online] Available at: https://www.sans10400.co.za/.

www.gov.za. (n.d.). National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act 103 of 1977 | South African Government. [online] Available at: https://www.gov.za/documents/national-building-regulations-and-building-standards-act-16-apr-2015-1302.


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