The Cape Town city council has announced the launch of a free online resource portal to provide regulatory and other assistance to building professionals. Build It Right was created over the last few months and it is open for subscriptions from those requiring its services.
The new portal stipulates what is needed from professionals when they submit building plans for approval. The NBR and Standards Act applies to the construction of new buildings, alterations, extensions or conversions of existing buildings and the demolition of existing buildings or structures. Build It Right provides guidance on requirements for submitting building plans and keep professionals informed about the latest trends within the industry via newsletters.
Marian Nieuwoudt, Cape Town member of the mayoral committee for spatial planning and environment said the portal was designed to keep all professionals clued up on new regulations and requirements, provide a searchable reference library for content and be an avenue for ongoing dialogue between building professionals and the department.
“We have done an analysis of the building plans that were submitted to the city In recent months to determine what type of information should be available on the resource portal. By taking a closer look, we have identified that some submissions were delayed either because vital information had been omitted, or because the application did not comply with the requirements of the National Building Regulations and Standards Act,” she said.