MUST ALL DRAUGHTSMAN, DESIGNERS, ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGISTS AND ARCHITECTS BE REGISTERED AS PROFESSIONALS?

Any draughtsman, designer, architectural technologist or architect that provide an architectural service of any kind, with regards to new buildings or alterations and additions, must be registered with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) to do so.

The only architectural work where a non-registered person may provide an architectural service is as follows:

  • Plans for a wendy house
  • Plans for boundary or garden walls
  • Plans for internal alterations to a house, shop or office
  • Installations of replacement windows to a house, shop or office
  • Conversion of part of a shop or office to a flat or other residential accommodation
  • Installation of fittings, appliances in a house, shop or office.

WHAT IS AN ARCHITECTURAL PROFESSIONAL?

Any person that provides any service involving work of an architectural nature that is registered with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) to do so.

Who may prepare building plans for submission and construction?

In terms of the Architectural Professions Act , No 44 of 2000 and its related regulations (effective since 1 July 2006), any person preparing building plans (involving work of an architectural nature) for submission to the local authority, must be registered with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) to do so.

When do I need the services of a professional architectural designer, architectural technologist or architect?

You need the services of a professional architectural designer, architectural technologist or architect when you are planning to build a new house or building, or thinking of making alterations or additions to your existing house or building.

When is a building plan submission and approval required?

Before your start the construction to your new home or building, or start carrying out alterations and additions to your existing home or building, you are required by law to have building plans for such work drawn up by an architectural professional and passed in terms of the National Building Regulations (i.e. the National Building Regulations and Building Act, No. 103 of 1977 or NBR in short) by the local authority.