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One day you wake up and think that you're finally going to
build that built in braai you've wanted for years. It should be easy, choose a
spot, grab the bricks, cement it all together...
However, there is more to a built-in braai than just
throwing bricks together. There are all sorts of things you need to consider -
the height of the flue, spark inhibitors, the proximity to roofing timbers,
wind, rain, heat, planning permission, and so on.
One of the most frequently asked questions is: "Do I
need planning permission for a built in braai?"
Well, yes and no. A built in braai is normally classified as
"minor building work" and whilst you do not need to submit plans, The
National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act (No. 103 of 1977)
states that no person may erect, alter, add to, or convert any building without
prior approval by the local authority. So as long as you comply with the
"minor building work" regulations and have received permission from
the local authority's building control officer, you do not need to submit any
If your braai does not fall under "minor building
work" then you will need to submit plans for approval before building
commences. If you are not sure which category your built-in braai will fall
under, it is probably best to check with your council just to be sure. If your
braai is being built against a boundary wall, in most parts of SA, your
neighbours' consent will be required. This can be done by informing them in
writing. Keep in mind that they might object if the smoke will interfere with
their own property and the enjoyment thereof.
Because the regulations can be a bit of a minefield and no
case is the same, it is probably best to contact your local building inspectors
for advice on where and how to begin. From there you can go to the planning
department of your local municipality. If plans are needed, by law, only
building plans from professionals registered with the South African Council for
the Architectural Profession will be accepted. This may seem like a complicated
task, but you won't regret the fees when you have peace of mind that the person
you've hired has sound knowledge of the regulations and you can get everything
right the first-time round.
Happy braai building!
Norgarb Properties Agent Andre Ter Moshuizen who specialises in the Claremont area, shares some household tips and handy home hints with you every month. Read more of his articles here. [https://harfield-village.blogspot.co.za/search?q=andre]
Andre Ter Moshuizen: 082 602 1367 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.norgarbproperties.co.za [http://www.norgarbproperties.co.za/]