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. In addition, if a property (or any part of that property) is over 60 years old, heritage approval is required from the Provincial Heritage Resources Authority of Gauteng (PHRAG),
Please read PRABOA’s guidelines for work to Parkhurst properties for further information: PRABOA Building Process Guidelines
PRABOA PLAN SUBMISSION
All plans must be submitted to PRABOA’s Architecture and Town Planning Committee for comment before submission to PHRAG and Council. A site visit is usually required. Completed PHRAG applications should be dropped off at reception on weekdays between 08.00 – 17.00 to:
FAO Catherine Grainger & Gabriela Seco
37 Bath Avenue,
Plans are reviewed by committee every two weeks. Please note that the last meeting for 2018 will take place on Wednesday 28th November. The next meeting is scheduled for 16th January 2019. Please respect the fact that committee members are volunteers who also run their own architecture practices. Requests for expediated review of plans cannot therefore be accommodated.
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. PRABOA cooperates with the building inspectors in the community interest and may notify them of any construction activity.
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 (by up to 10 times) 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:
PRABOA ARCHITECTURE & TOWN PLANNING COMMITTEE
For advice or plan submissions, please contact Catherine Grainger and Gabriela Seco at
CITY OF JOHANNESBURG BUILDING INSPECTOR RESPONSIBLE FOR PARKHURST: