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Incorporates legislative amendments published in Gazette No. 34586 dated 09 September 2011 - Environmental Sustainability and updated to include the Review Board Regulations.
To provide for the promotion of uniformity in the law relating to the erection of buildings in the areas of jurisdiction of local authorities; for the prescribing of building standards; and for matters connected therewith.
Regulations made in terms of section 17(1) of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, 1977 (Act No. 103 of 1977).
Regulations made in terms of section 20 read with section 9 of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, 1977 (Act 103 of 1977)
Published applicable SANS 10400 Standards
No: R. 2378 12 October 1990
REGULATIONS UNDER THE NATIONAL BUILDING REGULATIONS AND BUILDING STANDARDS ACT, 1977 (ACT No. 103 OF 1977)
The Minister of Trade and Industry and Tourism has, after consultation with the council, under section 17(1) of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, 1977 (Act No. 103 of 1977), made the regulations in the Schedule.
No: R 432 8 March 1991
THE NATIONAL BUILDING REGULATIONS AND BUILDING STANDARDS ACT, 1977 COMMENCEMENT OF THE NATIONAL BUILDING REGULATIONS
I, Kent Diederich Skelton Durr, Minister of Trade and Industry and Tourism, acting under section 17(3)(b) of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, 1977 (Act No. 103 of 1977), hereby fix 8 March 1991 as the date on which the National Building Regulations published under Government Notice No. R. 2378 of 12 October 1990, and altered by me with the concurrence of the council as set out in the Schedule hereto, shall come into operation.
Minister of Trade and Industry and Tourism
No: R 574 30 May 2008
NATIONAL BUILDING REGULATIONS AND BUILDING STANDARDS ACT,1977 ( ACT 103 OF 1977 ) NATIONAL BUILDING REGULATIONS
I, Mandisi Mpahlwa, Minister of Trade and Industry, hereby under section 17(3) of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act (Act No. 103 of 1977), and on the recommendation of the Council of the South African Bureau of Standards, declare the regulations, as set out in the Schedule, to come into operation on the 1 October 2008.
Minister of Trade and Industry
No: R 711 9 September 2011
NATIONAL BUILDING REGULATIONS AND BUILDING STANDARDS ACT,1977 ( ACT 103 OF 1977 ) INTRODUCTION OF AMENDMENTS TO THE NATIONAL BUILDING REGULATIONS TO INTRODUCE REQUIREMENTS FOR ENERGY USAGE IN BUILDINGS
I, Dr Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry, hereby under section 17(1) of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act (Act 103 of 1977) and on the recommendation of the Board of the National Regulator of Compulsory Specifications, amend the National Building Regulations, as set out in the Schedule, with effect from the date two (2) months from publication of this notice.
Dr. R Davies MP
Minister of Trade and Industry
Regulations made in terms of section 17(1) of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, No. 103 of 1977.
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Gazette: Act 103 of 1977
Gazette: Amendment Act 36 of 1984
Gazette: Amendment Act 62 of 1989
Gazette: Amendment Act 49 of 1995
Gazette: Act 29 of 1996
Gazette: Act 8 of 2008
Gazette: NBR (amended 2008)
AZ1. Coming Into Operation
AZ4. Satisfying the requirements of the National Building Regulations
AZ5. Repeal of Regulations
Part A. Administration
Part B. Structural Design
Part C. Dimensions
Part D. Public Safety
Part E. Demolition Work
Part F. Site Operations
Part G. Excavations
Part H. Foundations
Part J. Floors
Part K. Walls
Part L. Roofs
Part M. Stairways
Part N. Glazing
Part O. Lighting and Ventilation
Part P. Drainage
P1 - Compulsory Drainage of Buildings
P2 - Design of Drainage Installations
P3 - Control of Objectionable Discharge
P4 - Industrial Effluent
P5 - Disconnections
P6 - Unauthorized Drainage Work
P7 - Inspection and Testing of Drainage Installations
Part Q. Non-Water-Borne means of Sanitary Disposal
Part R. Stormwater Disposal
Part S. Facilities for Persons with Disabilities
Part T. Fire Protection
Part U. Refuse Disposal
Part V. Space Heating
Part W. Fire Installation
Part X. Environmental Sustainability
Part P - Drainage
P1. Compulsory Drainage of Buildings
1. (a) Where in respect of any building a suitable means of disposal of waterborne sewage is available the owner of such building shall provide a drainage installation.
(b) Where there is no such means of disposal, sewage shall be disposed of in accordance with Part Q of these regulations.
2. (a) Where a sewer is or becomes available for the drainage of such building the owner of such building shall, at his own cost, lay, alter or extend any drain serving such building to terminate at a location and level as prescribed by the local authority for the connection to such sewer.
(b) In the case of any existing building the local authority shall serve a notice, in writing, upon the owner stating the period within which the connection contemplated in paragraph (a) shall be made.
3. Where a connecting sewer has been provided to any site the owner of such site shall cause all sewage discharged from any building on such site to be conveyed by a drain to such connecting sewer.
4. Where the owner of such building fails to lay, alter or extend any drain in terms of subregulation (2) the local authority may lay, alter or extend such drain and recover the costs thereof from the owner: Provided that the local authority shall, before carrying out such work give not less than 14 days notice to such owner of its intention to carry out such work.
5. Any owner who fails to comply with any requirement of subregulation (1) or (2), shall be guilty of an offence.
P2. Design of Drainage Installations
1. Any drainage installation in any building shall be so designed and constructed that -
(a) an adequate number of sanitary fixtures is provided in relation to the population and class of occupancy of such building;
(b) such installation is capable of carrying the design hydraulic load;
(c) such installation is capable of discharging into any common drain, connecting sewer or sewer provided to accept such discharge;
(d) all components and materials used in such installation are watertight;
(e) no nuisance or danger to health will be caused as a result of the operation of any such installation;
(f) any drain in such system is of such strength, having regard to the manner in which it is bedded or supported, that it is capable of sustaining the actions to which it may normally be subjected and that it is, where necessary, protected against any drainage;
(g) all sanitary fixtures are so located that they are easily accessible to those persons they are intended to serve;
(h) any necessary inspection, cleaning and maintenance required, may be performed through the means of access provided.
2. The requirements of subregulation (1) shall be deemed to be satisfied where such installation complies with SANS 10400-P: Provided that where a local authority is of the opinion that the size or complexity of the drainage installation in any building renders it essential for such installation to be the subject of an approved rational design prepared by an approved competent person, such local authority shall, in writing, notify the owner of such building of its reasons for the necessity for such design and may require such owner to submit for approval plans and particulars of a complete drainage installation based on such design.
P3. Control of Objectionable Discharge
1. No person shall cause or permit sewage discharged from any sanitary fixture to enter -
(a) any stormwater drain, stormwater sewer or excavated or constructed watercourse;
(b) subject to the National Water Act, 1998 (Act No. 36 of 1998), any river, stream or natural watercourse whether ordinarily dry or otherwise; or
(c) any street or other site.
2. No person shall cause or permit stormwater to enter any drainage installation on any site.
3. The local authority may by notice in writing order the owner of any site to execute, at his own cost, any precautionary measures required by the local authority to prevent such entry contemplated in subregulation (1) or (2), as the case may be.
4. No person shall, without the written permission of the local authority, discharge or cause the discharge of any water from a swimming pool, fountain or reservoir, either directly or indirectly, onto any public street or public place, or onto any site other than onto the site upon which such swimming pool, fountain or reservoir is situated.
5. Any person who contravenes or permits the contravention of any requirement of this regulation or fails to comply with a notice served on him in terms of subregulation (3), shall be guilty of an offence.
P4. Industrial Effluent
1. (a) Where any person has obtained approval to discharge into any drain any liquid or solid matter, other than soil water or waste water, and where any additional drainage and other installations including storage, pre-treatment and metering installations are required by the local authority as a condition of such approval, such person shall submit any plans and other details of such installations required by the local authority.
(b) The installations contemplated in paragraph (a) shall be constructed in accordance with the relevant requirements of these regulations and shall be maintained in good working order.
2. Any person who constructs an installation contemplated in subregulation (1) other than in accordance with such approval, shall be guilty of an offence.
1. Where any soil fixture is permanently disconnected from any soil pipe, or where any soil pipe is permanently disconnected from any drain, the owner shall seal the opening to such pipe or drain in such a manner that such disconnection will not be a danger to health.
2. Where any drain is permanently disconnected any remaining part shall be sealed by the owner of such drain.
3. When any drainage installation is disconnected from a connecting sewer the local authority shall be notified, in writing, by the owner thereof within 30 days from the date of such disconnection.
4. Any person who contravenes any requirement of this regulation, shall be guilty of an offence.
P6. Unauthorized Drainage Work
1. Unless authorized by the local authority -
(a) no person shall in any manner interfere with any sewer or connecting sewer;
(b) no person shall break into or interfere with any part of a drainage installation other than for the purpose of repair and maintenance.
2. Any person who carries out or permits the carrying of any unauthorized work contemplated in this regulation, shall be guilty of an offence.
P7. Testing of Drainage Installations
1. Any drain, discharge pipe or ventilating pipe shall be so installed as to be capable of withstanding the test pressures contemplated in rule PP26 or PP27, as the case may be, contained in SANS 10400-P and such tests shall be carried out in the presence of the building control officer of, or other officer duly authorized by, the local authority.
2. Any equipment, material or labour required for any inspection or any testing contemplated in Part P of these regulations shall be made available by the person installing such pipe or drain.
3. No person shall put into use any drainage installation before such installation has been inspected, tested and passed by the local authority as complying with these regulations.
4. Any person who contravenes the requirement of subregulation (3), shall be guilty of an offence.