One of the basic statutory requirements of
the National Building Regulations (discussed under Statutory
Information), is that nobody may start with
the building of any house without the prior approval
of the house's building plans by the relevant
local authority. This requirement is applicable
to ALL buildings erected within the boundaries
of jurisdiction of all local authorities in South
Every prospective house owner MUST therefore
submit to the local authority a full set of building
plans for approval, before starting with any building
work. Such building plans may be drawn up by the
owner him/herself (if competent), or by a suitably
qualified draughtsman, or by a professional architect.
From 1 July 2006, all persons practising architecture
or submitting building plans to local authorities
will be obliged to register with SACAP.
View the notice.
inhouseplans.com will supply
you with our registration number should you only
order plans in hard copy. inhouseplans.com will
only certify the building plans, excluding the
site plan and or any other changes made to the
original building plans. You could otherwise opt
to get a draughtsman in your area to do the site
plan and the approval at the local authority.
Please see directory for contact numbers of SACAP
and SA institute of Draughtsman.
All building plans must comply with a minimum
standard, and indicate a minimum level of information.
A floor plan, 2 or 4 elevations, and at least
one section through the building as well as the
layout of the sewer system are always required,
as well as a site plan. The site plan is that
part of the building plan linking the building
to the owner's specific stand. Stand-specific
information like the slope of the land, the direction
of North and the sewer connection point is therefore
indicated on the site plan.
One can expect that the better the qualifications
and experience of the person responsible for drawing
up the building plan, the higher the standard
and design of such plan, but unfortunately, also
With inhouseplans.com however, anybody
can now submit to the local authority building
plans of the highest standard, drawn up by a professional
architect, and complying to all relevant National
Since it is not possible for inhouseplans.com to be aware of the particulars of each customer's
stand, a council site plan is not included in
the set of building plans provided. Each customer
is therefore responsible for his/her own site
plan, which can easily be drawn up according to
the generic site plan included as an example with
the building plans.
Please note that inhouseplans.com has
copyright on all building plans sold on this website,
and the purchhase of a plan allows the purchaser
the right to build only one house from the specific