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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. 

Building Standards
Act

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.

National Building
Regulations

Regulations made in terms of section 17(1) of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, 1977 (Act No. 103 of 1977).




Review Board
Regulations

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)



SANS
Standards

Published applicable SANS 10400 Standards







REGULATIONS UNDER THE NATIONAL BUILDING REGULATIONS AND BUILDING STANDARDS ACT, 1977 (ACT No. 103 OF 1977)

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.
K.D.S. DURR
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.
M. Mpahwa
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 

Part S - Facilities for Persons with Disabilities

S1. Application

1. Facilities that accommodate persons with disabilities shall be provided in any building except the following:

     (a) any building of which the whole of the ground storey comprises one or more occupancies classified in terms of regulation A20 as B1, B2, D4, H4, J1 or J2; 

     (b) any building classified as H1 in terms of regulation A20 where such building has less than 25 bedrooms and it can be reasonably proven that it is not possible to include wheelchair access in certain aspects of the design; and 

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(c) any storey above ground floor level of a building classified as H3 in terms of regulation A20 and not provided with a lift. 

S2. Facilities to be Provided

1. In any building contemplated in regulation S1 requiring facilities for persons with disabilities:

    (a) persons with disabilities shall be able to safely enter the building, use all the facilities subject to the provisions of subregulation (3) within it and leave it; 

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    (b) there shall be a means of access suitable for use by persons with disabilities, from the main and ancillary approaches of the building to the ground storey; via the main entrance, and any secondary entrance; 

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     (c) there shall be a means of egress suitable for use by persons with disabilities from any point in a building to a place of safety in the event of an emergency; 

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     (d) any lift installation that is provided shall be capable of serving the needs of persons with disabilities who are likely to be using the building; and 

     (e) any commonly used path of travel shall be free of obstacles which limit, restrict or endanger the travel of persons with disabilities, or which prevent persons with disabilities from accessing the facilities provided in the building and the presence of such obstruction shall be made evident in a suitable manner to persons with impaired vision; and 

     (f) a suitable means of access shall be provided to any auditorium or hall situated in any building and such auditorium or hall shall, in relation to its seating capacity, be provided with sufficient open space to accommodate a reasonable number of people who use wheelchairs or other assistive devices. 

2. Where parking for more than 50 motor vehicles is provided in or in connection with any building having a means of access contemplated in subregulation (1), adequate parking space shall be provided for the parking of motor vehicles used by persons with disabilities and a suitable means of access shall be provided from the parking area, whether such parking area be inside or outside such building, to the ground storey of such building. 

3. Where, in terms of regulation P1, toilet facilities are required and the building is one requiring facilities for persons with disabilities in terms of regulation S1, an adequate number of such facilities shall be suitable for use by persons with disabilities: Provided that toilet facilities shall not be required in any such building classified as H3 in terms of regulation A20.

S3. Deemed-to-Satisfy Requirements

The requirements of regulation S2 shall be deemed to be satisfied where:

    (a) the facilities provided are in accordance with SANS 10400-S; 

     (b) the egress from the building in the event of fire is in accordance with SANS 10400-T.