WHO HAS TO SUBMIT BUILDING PLANS?
The short answer is everyone. Any new building and any alteration that adds on to or changes the structure of an existing building must go to the City’s (Planning) Development Management Department for approval.
Please read PRABOA’s guidelines for work to Parkhurst properties here: PRABOA Building Process Guidelines
Please do not start any construction work before you have all local authority and heritage permissions in place. A stop order from PHRA-G or the Council building inspectors is costly and unpleasant and will be sought in the case of any illegal activities.
If you’ve chosen to build without having your plans approved, a building inspector is entitled to enter your property and order construction to stop immediately. He could increase your rates until plans are approved or even obtain a court order for the structure to be demolished, at your expense. You would be liable for legal costs and in serious cases, you could be fined or sent to prison.
USEFUL LINKS AND CONTACTS:
City of Johannesburg (Council)
PRABOA ARCHITECTURE & TOWN PLANNING
CITY OF JOHANNESBURG BUILDING INSPECTOR RESPONSIBLE FOR PARKHURST: