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Collect Your Unapproved Building Plans

Collect Your Unapproved Building Plans

The City of Ekurhuleni calls on those who submitted building plans that were not approved between 2014 and 2019 to collect them before the end of April 2021.

These are plans submitted and not approved where owners did not do any follow-ups with the City Planning Department to check if there were corrections that needed to be made to their plans.

According to law, a property owner wanting to build or extend a building must have building plans drawn up by an architect or a drafter and submit to the City Planning Department for approval.  In some instances the owner is advised to make certain alterations to the plan before it can be approved.

What is the Process to Build a Custom Home

Building your own custom home is an exciting project to look forward to but it can be overwhelming if you’re not sure how the process works, what to expect and who manages what aspects. In this article, we will explain the various steps in the process of building a new custom home. 

What is the process to build a custom home?

Please note that this article will not give you a step-by-step guide on how to actually build a house from laying foundations to securing the roof. It will rather guide you through the first steps and initial processes involved in the project, through to your all exciting moving day. It will help you to understand how and when things happen, who usually manages what steps and what to expect and plan for when building your own custom home.

Part I: First Steps in the Building Process

  1. Research and draft home plans and design ideas
  2. Research home builders and get a rough quotation
  3. Make sure that your home design and budget fit
  4. Finalize your designs and decide on specifications and finishes with detailed architectural plans
  5. Get municipal approval
  6. Apply for utilities and services including electricity
  7. Finalize the quotation and budget with your home builder
  8. Apply for finance if you’re building with a bond
  9. Enter into a written contract with your builder

Part II: Breaking Ground to Moving Day

Your building contractor will then take over to move the project through the following steps:

10. Have your soil tested and classified
11. Register the new build with the NHBRC
12. Establish the building site and begin construction
13. Manage progress reports and payment schedules
14. Manage the variation order process in case of changes and amendments
15. Have the build inspected at key stages through the construction process
16. Complete the building process and acquire all of the necessary certificates of compliance
17. Manage the final account reconciliation
18. Apply for the Occupancy Certificate from the local building inspector

At this point, your new custom home will be ready to move into! The final step in the building process comes one month after you have had occupancy of the house. You will:

19. Alert your building contractor of any snags that need to be rectified
20. Pay the final retainer amount

Building without following an approved building plan may lead to the concerned structure or building being demolished at the cost of the owner.

Residents are urged to contact their nearest Customer Care Centre to do follow-ups on their submitted building plans. They can also contact the regional managers:

South Region:

Tabudi Tebele – Tabudi.tebele@ekurhuleni.gov.za  /011 999 4228

North Region:

Thapelo Mogatusi – Thapelo.Mogatusi@ekurhuleni.gov.za  /011 999 3975

Eastern Region:

Anton Basson – Anton.Basson@ekurhuleni.gov.za  / 011 999 8720


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