Welcome to the building plan section
Because building plan regulations vary greatly between municipal areas, Sphere concentrates mainly on doing building
plans in the Centurion and Pretoria areas. That does not mean that I cannot help you in other areas! Phone me to inquire.
The following is a short but by no means exhaustive list of the structures that most municipalities require building
plans for. If you have a structure that you are unsure of, contact your area's municipal offices directly and
ask for assistance.
- Roofed structures greater than 4 square meters.
- Swimming pools.
- Garden sheds, commonly called Wendy Houses.
- Thatched entertainment areas, commonly called Lapas.
In Centurion, the municipality has introduced new rules regarding documentation. As from 1 March 2006,
all documentation submitted with building plans must be original documents and/or certified copies.
As of 2013, any building plan that encroaches on more than 2 building lines now has to go to Tshwane’s legal department before
Tshwane will approve the building line relaxation. This goes for servitudes owned by Tshwane too.
The following is a list of the documentation that must be submitted together with your building plans.
Once again, this list is probably not complete, as some areas differ to others, and your municipality might
add more forms as the need arise. The list is also added to from time to time.
- Certified copy of Title Deed.
- Latest water and lights account
- SG Diagram (Available from municipality)
- Zoning certificate (Available from municipality)
- Sewer connection diagram. (Available from municipality.)
- Municipal application form.
- SABS 10400 application form.
- Three copies of the building plans, one copy must be colored in the prescribed SABS colours.
- The municipal fee should also be mentioned here. This is not a fixed fee, and should be worked out after
the building plan is complete.
- SACAP (South African Council for the Architectural Prefession) form.
- Engineer's appointment.
- A copy of the existing building plans, if any exists.
- Proxy form, giving the architect the right to have a building plan approved.
(Do not worry about the SG Diagram, Zoning Certificate and Sewer connection diagram, as I will fetch them for you once I am busy with the building plan.)
As of the time that this website was last updated, the time that the Centurion council took to approve a building plan
was about two months. Here though, is the process that most building plans will go
through. (The process described here is mostly for single homes on an erf, not for townhouses.)
- Building plans and all documentation are submitted to the council.
- Plan examiner looks at the building plan, marks all problems.
- Municipality contacts person who submitted building plan to correct problems on building plan.Building plans are now circulated for approval by the
relevant departments.Corrections to building plan are also made.
- Corrected plans are taken directly to plan examiner. If plans are correct, they will be approved. Otherwise,
problems can be discussed with the plan examiner. Plan examiner will propose the plans for approval when they are to his/her
- The plans are sent to be approved by the heads of departments. Once approved, the architect will be notified.
Servitudes are areas where you may not build. Typically, this is an area of your property that someone other than you have
the right to use. A common servitude is one for municipal sewer lines. If you have a municipal sewer line running through
your yard (erf), then there will be a servitude for that area. The best place to check if such servitudes exist is in the
Title Deed of your erf.
It is important not to build in servitudes!
All relevant personel and subcontractors who work on building plans at Sphere are registered with the South African
Council for the Architectural Profession.
Because every drawing is different, Sphere will give a personal quotation on each job. These quotations are free in
Centurion and most areas of Pretoria. Just give Leon de Kock a call on 082 331 8656 to arrange a site meeting.
Have a look at some photos of building plans done by and in conjunction with Sphere - IT - Solutions
Building Plan Pictures
Although Sphere takes care to make sure the information on these pages are correct, please be aware that laws and municipal
rules and regulations change from time to time. Therefore it is always prudent to check any changes with your local
authority before commencing any building work. Sphere IT Solutions cannot be held responsible for omissions or changes
that might have occurred and not been updated on this website.