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There are some basics that are required by all local authorities in terms of building projects. However, it is vital to check with your local authority in terms of what their specific requirements are before submitting drawings for approval. If drawings are not approved before building commences, the local authority has the right to stop all building activities and indeed, if the plans are not in accordance withtheir regulations, to order that the building be torn down. Please note that The Architectural Profession Act 2000, Act 44 of 2000 was published on 1 December 2000 and came into operation on 26 January 2001. This replaces the Architectural Act of 1970 which affects all persons practicing the architectural profession. Among other factors, The Act affects who is allowed to submit plans for approval. Please ensure that a registered architectural professional has signed off your drawings before submitting to your local authority. For more information on The Act and the changes affected please logon to

  • Any wall 1.5m or higher
  • Drainage
  • Swimming pools
  • Any structure with a roof.
  • Any structure (when built) which deviates from the original plan must be re-submitted.

Please note that some plans, when approved, may have to be started within a year of approval and once started, may have to be completed within a specific time. Each plan submitted must contain certain information and this may differ slightly from area to area. Plans will need to be coloured according to colour codes specified by the local authority. All drawings should consist of as many plans, sections and elevations as may be necessary to indicate, where relevant, the position, form, dimensions and materials of the proposed building to be erected. Below is a list of the minimum requirements to be included on a set of working drawings.
  • Site Plan
  • Floor Plan
  • Elevations
  • Sections
  • General

It should be noted that working drawings (the drawings used on site) should far exceed the content of the plans submitted for approval. There are a number of drawings that some authorities don’t require, for example: roof plan and electrical plan.


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