Building Inspection and Permits

Building Inspections and Building Permits

We provide assistance with Building Inspections and or Building Permits for all building sites in the Western Cape.

  • Building Inspections

Building and pest inspections can help safeguard property buyers against investing in fault-ridden properties, as the reports reveal any hidden problems a property may have. The results can give investors peace of mind, with the knowledge that what they're buying isn't going to collapse around them.

  • Competent Person

A person who is qualified by virtue of his/her education, training, experience and contextual knowledge to make a determination regarding the performance of a build or part thereof in relation to a functional regulation or to undertake such duties as may be assigned to them in terms of the construction regulations.

  • Structural Engineer Inspections and Report

A structural engineer inspection is typically a visual inspection performed by a structural engineer to validate the structural soundness of a home or building's weight bearing components such as framing, foundation, beams, columns, posts, or trusses.

  • Demolition Permit

Once approval to demolish has been granted, the landowner or authorized person must complete a Notice of Intention to commence demolition of a building (as prescribed by the National Building Regulation A22). This notice must reach the District Building Inspector at least 10 days prior to the intended date of commencement stated on the Notice.

  • Swimming pool indemnity form

A wall or fence shall be provided by the owner of a site which contains a swimming pool or a swimming bath to ensure that no person can have access to such pool or bath from any street or public space

  • Sectional title consent form applications

You will need approval from your neighbours and registered letters need to be sent, informing them of the planned rezoning. Adverts also need to be placed in the press allowing for objections

  • Certificate of Occupancy Permit

A new building may only be formally occupied once a certificate of occupancy has been issued. The City may also revoke an occupancy certificate when a building falls into disrepair and is deemed unsafe.

  • Zoning certificates

A zoning extract or zoning certificate contains information relating to your property, such as:

  • building lines,

  • coverage and floor area ratio (FAR),

  • height, the existing zoning, and

  • what your property can legally be used for.


  • Notice of intention to commence building work

If you’re considering extensive home renovations which will have an impact on the structure of your home, you’ll need your building plan approved before any construction begins.

  • Environmental impact Assessment Authorization

Environmental impact assessment (EIA) is a tool to aid environmental decision making. It is a process that allows for public involvement when positive and negative impacts (opportunities and constraints) that are associated with a proposed course of action are assessed. The aim of this is to determine the best practicable course of action.

  • Copies of Building plans

Before you start preparing a building plan submission, apply for copies of any previously approved building plans at your local district office. This is usually required in the case of extensions, additions or alterations.

  • Heritage Site Permit

TO DESTROY, DAMAGE, DEFACE, EXCAVATE, ALTER OR REMOVE FROM ITS ORIGINAL POSITION, SUBDIVIDE OR CHANGE THE PLANNING STATUS OF A PROVINCIAL HERITAGE SITE, OR A PROVISIONALLY PROTECTED PLACE, OR ALTER OR DEMOLISH ANY STRUCTURE OR PART OF A STRUCTURE OLDER THAN 60 YEARS

  • Engineers’ appointment form and certificate

APPLICATION FOR ACCEPTANCE AS AN APPROVED COMPETENT PERSON IN TERMS OF REGULATION A19

  • Structural Engineer Consultation; Recommendations and Report

Wish to remove internal or external walls; check on existing building foundations or foundation underpinning required.

Contact us to make an appointment with our Structural Engineer's.


  • Temporary Building Structure Permit

“any building that is so declared by the owner and that is being used or is to be used for a specified purpose for a specified limited period of time, but does not include a builder’s shed Builders shed's are dealt with separately under Site Operations.

  • Site Operations

  • environmental conditions,

  • site preparation,

  • soil poisoning,

  • control of noise and dust on site,

  • demolition work,

  • waste materials on building sites,

  • cleaning of sites,

  • sanitary facilities, and

  • builders’ sheds.

  • Geotechnical Report

The geotechnical report is the tool used to communicate the site conditions and design and construction recommendations to the roadway design, bridge design, assists in determining design and construction methods of building foundations.

Contact us for assistance on any other permits you may require.

List of District municipalities and local municipalities in the Western Cape.


  • City of Cape Town

Tel: 086 010 3089

www.capetown.gov.za

  • Cape Winelands District Municipality

Tel: 086 126 5263

www.capewinelands.gov.za

  • Breede Valley

Tel: 086 012 1212

www.breedevallei.gov.za

  • Drakenstein

Tel: 021 807 4782

www.drakenstein.gov.za

  • Langeberg

Tel: 023 615 8000

www.langeberg.gov.za

  • Stellenbosch

Tel: 021 808 8111; 021 808 8890 (24/7 Emergencies)

www.stellenbosch.gov.za

  • Witzenberg

Tel: 023 316 1854

www.witzenberg.gov.za

  • Central Karoo District Municipality

Tel: 023 449 1000

www.skdm.co.za

  • Beaufort West

Tel: 023 414 8100/8020

www.beaufortwestmun.co.za

  • Laingsburg

Tel: 023 551 1019

www.laingsburg.gov.za

  • Prince Albert

Tel: 023 541 1320

www.pamun.gov.za

  • Garden Route District Municipality

Tel: 044 803 1300

www.gardenroute.gov.za

  • Bitou

Tel: 086 124 8686/044 501 3000

www.bitou.gov.za

  • George

Tel: 044 801 9111

www.george.gov.za

  • Hessequa

Tel: 028 713 8000

www.hessequa.gov.za

  • Kannaland

Tel: 028 551 1023

www.kannaland.gov.za

  • Knysna

Tel: 044 302 6300

www.knysna.gov.za

  • Mosselbay

Tel: 044 606 5000

www.mosselbay.gov.za

  • Oudtshoorn

Tel: 044 203 3000

www.oudtshoorn.gov.za

  • Overberg District Municipality

Tel: 028 425 1157

www.odm.org.za

  • Cape Agulhas

Tel: 028 425 5500

www.capeagulhas.org

  • Overstrand

Tel: 028 313 8000

www.overstrand.gov.za

  • Swellendam

Tel: 028 514 8500

www.swellenmun.co.za

  • Theewaterskloof

Tel: 028 214 3300

www.twk.org.za

  • West Coast District Municipality

Tel: 022 433 8400

www.westcoastdm.co.za

  • Bergriver

Tel: 022 913 6000

www.bergmun.org.za

  • Cederberg

Tel: 027 482 8000

www.cederbergmunicipality.co.za

  • Matzikama

Tel: 027 201 3300

www.matzikamamun.co.za

  • Saldanabay

Tel: 022 701 7000

www.sbm.gov.za

  • Swartland

Tel: 022 487 9400

www.swartland.org.za