DRAWINGS FOR RECORD PURPOSES

DRAWINGS FOR RECORD PURPOSES

NELSON MANDELA BAY, EASTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA. If you don’t have copies of the approved building plans for your property, what do you do? Building plans could be requested by…

HOW LONG ARE APPROVED BUILDING PLANS VALID FOR?

HOW LONG ARE APPROVED BUILDING PLANS VALID FOR?

NELSON MANDELA BAY, EASTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA. When a building plan application is submitted, it’s processed by the NMBM Building Inspectorate, circulated and if in accordance with the title &…

WHAT IS THE NHBRC AND WHAT BUILDINGS MUST BE ENROLLED?

WHAT IS THE NHBRC AND WHAT BUILDINGS MUST BE ENROLLED?

NELSON MANDELA BAY, EASTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA. The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC), was established to protect the interests of home owners, ensuring that builders comply with building industry…

WHAT IS AN AMENDED BUILDING PLAN AND WHEN IS IT REQUIRED?

WHAT IS AN AMENDED BUILDING PLAN AND WHEN IS IT REQUIRED?

When building plans are submitted to the municipality for consideration, if they are not in accordance with the Building Regulations, Town Planning Conditions, or By-Laws, they won’t be approved. The…

FIRE, FIRE, FIRE!

FIRE, FIRE, FIRE!

Is your home protected from fire? To protect your home and belongings, you need to check that some basic measures are in place.  There are many potential risks. Some may…

CAN RESIDENTIAL SOLAR INSTALLATIONS BE AFFORDABLE?

CAN RESIDENTIAL SOLAR INSTALLATIONS BE AFFORDABLE?

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa In South Africa, the electrical blackouts or load shedding, have had a devastating impact on all sectors. Large industries and businesses can…

NEW SWIMMING POOLS WILL NOT BE APPROVED

NEW SWIMMING POOLS WILL NOT BE APPROVED

by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has reintroduced the ban on the construction of new swimming pools. They announced in July…

WHAT ARE THE INSURANCE IMPLICATIONS

WHAT ARE THE INSURANCE IMPLICATIONS

When storing your possessions in a thatch lapa, or outbuilding. Property owners use freestanding outbuildings for storage and for other purposes, such as home offices, or accommodation. The structures are

WHAT’S AN OCCUPATION CERTIFICATE AND WHY’S IT REQUIRED

WHAT’S AN OCCUPATION CERTIFICATE AND WHY’S IT REQUIRED

In the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa An occupation certificate is issued by the local authority to confirm that building works have been completed in accordance with…

WHY MUST BUILDING PLANS BE SUBMITTED AND WHAT IS REQUIRED

WHY MUST BUILDING PLANS BE SUBMITTED AND WHAT IS REQUIRED

In the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa If you’re planning to build a new building, or to alter an existing, you are required to submit building plans…

SELF BUILDING

SELF BUILDING

I recently took on a self-build alteration project to our house. I have some building knowledge and skills, but I’m not a builder. Taking on a self-build, whether a small…

WHY AN ARCHITECT SHOULD SUPERVISE

WHY AN ARCHITECT SHOULD SUPERVISE

The construction of your building project? An Architect’s roll is not only to design a building. A substantial amount of time is spent on site managing the construction process. A…

INTERIORS

INTERIORS

To get it right, use an Interior Designer. Whether a new home, or renovating offices, an interior designer can make the interior functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements…

NOTICE OF UNAUTHORISED STRUCTURES

NOTICE OF UNAUTHORISED STRUCTURES

In the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa The majority of properties in Nelson Mandela Bay, and probably South Africa have some form of illegal structure, without approved…

THE COSTS WHEN BUYING A PROPERTY

THE COSTS WHEN BUYING A PROPERTY

Be aware of all the additional costs over and above the purchase price/strong When buying a property, there are a number of costs, which a buyer needs to be aware…

CORRECT ADVICE

CORRECT ADVICE

In the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa If you want the correct advice on your property matter, ask the correct people – The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality…

KERB APPEAL

KERB APPEAL

The exterior view of a property can either attract or deter potential buyers Kerb appeal is an American term, but appropriate to residential property wherever you are. When selling a…

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

In the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa You’ve probably heard this many times and your tame estate agent will tell you, it’s the most important consideration, when…

HOME SECURITY, PART 1

HOME SECURITY, PART 1

It’s more than just a lock on the door Property owners should evaluate their safety and the security of their property in a holistic approach. It’s not simply installing the…

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HOMES STREET APPEAL

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HOMES STREET APPEAL

Some simple suggestions Do people use your home as a landmark, when directing others to their home? Or are you the one saying, “You know the house with the fantastic…

HOME SECURITY, PART 2

HOME SECURITY, PART 2

A layered approach discourages burglars Part 1 of Home Security touched on Personal Safety and introduced the layered approach to Home Security. Part 2 expands on the layered approach and…

HOW LONG ARE APPROVED BUILDING PLANS VALID

HOW LONG ARE APPROVED BUILDING PLANS VALID

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa Property owners in South Africa may not be aware that approved building plans are only valid for one year, from the date…

UNAUTHORISED USE OF A PROPERTY

UNAUTHORISED USE OF A PROPERTY

In the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa South Africans are quick to take the initiative and start a new venture. Often, there’s little thought given to the…

LOAD SHEDDING AND WATER RESTRICTIONS

LOAD SHEDDING AND WATER RESTRICTIONS

There are options for property owners Electricity and water are hot topics. If you have some time to kill, just mention load sheading, or water restrictions and you’ll have people…

COVID 19 & THE LOCKDOWN

COVID 19 & THE LOCKDOWN

The impact on the South African construction industry The construction industry started feeling the effects of the coronavirus outbreak in China well before the Lockdown in South Africa. The export…

PRECEDENT

PRECEDENT

A neighbour’s transgression A neighbour’s transgression of building regulations, doesn’t give you the right to transgress.  If your neighbour jumps into the fire, it doesn’t mean you can. When it comes…

WHEN IS A SITE DEVELOPMENT PLAN REQUIRED

WHEN IS A SITE DEVELOPMENT PLAN REQUIRED

In the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa Why must a Site Development Plan be submitted? Municipalities require Site Development Plans (SDP) at an early stage to determine…

RESTRICTIVE CONDITIONS

RESTRICTIVE CONDITIONS

In the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa In an article published in February 2020, I spoke about the removal of Restrictive Conditions, but when is it necessary…

SITE DEVELOPMENT PLAN APPLICATIONS (SDP)

SITE DEVELOPMENT PLAN APPLICATIONS (SDP)

Standard operating procedures for the COVID-19 period The Covid 19 pandemic has impacted municipal services. The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Town Planning Directorate is operating, but on a rotation basis.…

IS THERE A GRACE PERIOD, OR MORATORIUM FOR SUBMITTING BUILDING PLANS

IS THERE A GRACE PERIOD, OR MORATORIUM FOR SUBMITTING BUILDING PLANS

To the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Gqeberha, Eastern Cape, South Africa In Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) has not given property owners a grace period to…

WHAT INSURANCE?

WHAT INSURANCE?

If you apply for a Home Loan, the bank will insist that you insure the property The reason for taking out insurance on your home is; if the building is…

SPATIAL PLANNING AND LAND USE MANAGEMENT ACT (SPLUMA)

SPATIAL PLANNING AND LAND USE MANAGEMENT ACT (SPLUMA)

In Gqeberha, Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa SPLUMA is a national regulation, which affects those applying for land use amendments, or selling a property. The act which came into…

RELAXATION OF BUILDING LINES

RELAXATION OF BUILDING LINES

In the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa Has your neighbour built their thatched lapa against your boundary wall, with the roof overhanging, so that the rain washes…

RELAXATION OF PROPERTY BUILDING LINES

RELAXATION OF PROPERTY BUILDING LINES

In the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa Properties have building lines, which determine how close buildings can be to the boundaries. They are town planning tools to…

WHY SHOULD YOU GET A LAND SURVEYOR

WHY SHOULD YOU GET A LAND SURVEYOR

To check the position of your property boundary? When considering additions to your existing home or business, it’s important to check exactly where the boundaries to your property are. Particularly…

HOW TO IDENTIFY ILLEGAL BUILDINGS ON THE BOUNDARY

HOW TO IDENTIFY ILLEGAL BUILDINGS ON THE BOUNDARY

In the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa If you are looking to buy a property and there’s a building on the boundary, or your neighbour has a…

IS A FLATLET A GRANNY FLAT?

IS A FLATLET A GRANNY FLAT?

Or is it a second dwelling? There are a number of reasons why you may consider building a flatlet on your residential property; You may have an elderly family member,…

WHAT SHOULD YOU CONSIDER

WHAT SHOULD YOU CONSIDER

When installing an inverter in your home? The unreliable electrical supply in South Africa is a concern for homeowners. There are many options for alternative power being offered, for example;…

HOME OFFICE, OR AN OFFICE ON A RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY

HOME OFFICE, OR AN OFFICE ON A RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY

In the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa Many small businesses start from home and also, due to the current economic conditions, it’s more cost effective to operate…

INSTALLATION OF SOLAR PANELS

INSTALLATION OF SOLAR PANELS

In the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa Due to the regular implementation of load sheading in South Africa property owners have been forced to look for alternative,…

REMOVAL OF RESTRICTIVE TITLE DEED CONDITIONS

REMOVAL OF RESTRICTIVE TITLE DEED CONDITIONS

In the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa Property owners in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropol, which includes Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage & surrounding areas, have been frustrated by…