06 Nov National Building Regulations
Building regulations and review board
Local authorities are responsible for the administration of the National Building Regulations, and control the on-site activities on construction projects. When present, professional architects and engineers are required to perform specific functions.
The role of the NRCS is to –
• Advise the Minister about possible amendments and changes to the National Building Regulations;
• Promote uniformity in the understanding and implementation of National Building Regulations (NBRs) made in terms of the National Building Regulations & Building Standards Act 103 of 1977.
• provides technical advice to persons, organisations and local authorities regarding the interpretation and application of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, and the National Building Regulations.
• Administers a Review Board dealing with disputes, including those arising from appeals lodged by building owners against decisions of local authorities.
• Conducts building defect inspections and issues reports for legal purposes on a consultancy basis.
• Approval of qualifications: The Minister has delegated the evaluation of the qualifications of candidates for appointment as Building Control Officers and approval of their appointments to the NRCS.
• Workshops are held periodically for stakeholders, including municipalities, the SMME sector and industry to promote uniformity in the application of the National Building Regulation.