FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What timeframe can be expected from the initial design phase to submission of plans to the Local Authority?
Residential plans take approximately two months to finalize from the first design sketches are conceived until plans are finalized for council approval purposes. Commercial projects are determined by the scope of the work and level of certainty of the brief.
What timeframe can be expected for plan approval at the Local Authority?
Local Authorities have according to law sixty days to scrutinize building plans submitted for approval purposes. The timeframe differs from area to area but on average plans take between two to four weeks before comments can be expected. Once comments are received approval can be expected within a week.
Under what circumstances will the services of an engineer be required for residential designs?
Structures where concrete slabs form part of the intended structure, typically in multi storey configurations
In areas with unstable geological soil formations the local authority will request engineers to design the foundations of such structures.
Freestanding walls exceeding 2,1m in height
Roof structures where the span exceed 10m between supports
What are the steps that needs to be followed in order to achieve a completed structure fit for its intended purpose?
Establish design brief with client
Site inspection and analysis
Design concept and preparation of freehand sketch plans
Design review and development
Preparation of building plans with computer aided design software
Submission of plans to Home Owners Association and approval if required
Acquiring consent of adjoining owners if required for encroaching onto building lines and overlooking of first floor balconies
Appointment of engineer if required
Finalization of plans with input from other consultants
Submission of plans to local authority and approval thereof
Plans sent out to tender
Awarding of building contract to suitable contractor
Commencement of construction
Inspections from local authority at various stages specified in approval documentation
Preparation of as-
Submission and approval of as-
Final inspection by building inspector and issuing of occupation certificate
Building can be legally occupied by owners
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