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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 T - Fire Protection

T1. General Requirement

1. Any building shall be so designed, constructed and equipped that in case of fire -

    (a) the protection of occupants or users, including persons with disabilities, therein is ensured and that provision is made for the safe evacuation of such occupants or users; 

     (b) the spread and intensity of such fire within such building and the spread of fire to any other building will be minimized; 

     (c) sufficient stability will be retained to ensure that such building will not endanger any other building: Provided that in the case of any multi-storey building no major failure of the structural system shall occur; 

     (d) the generation and spread of smoke will be minimized or controlled to the greatest extent reasonably practicable; and 

     (e) adequate means of access, and equipment for detecting, fighting, controlling and extinguishing such fire, is provided. 

2. The requirements of subregulation (1) shall be deemed to be satisfied where the design, construction and equipment of any building complies with SANS 10400-T: Provided that where any local authority is of the opinion that such compliance would not comply with all the requirements of subregulation (1), such local authority shall, in writing, notify the owner of the building of its reasons for its opinion and may require the owner to submit for approval a rational design prepared by an approved competent person. 

T2. Offences

1. Any owner of any building who fails to -

     (a) provide sufficient fire extinguishers to satisfy the requirements of subregulation T1(1)(e), or who installs fire extinguishers that do not comply with the relevant South African national standard, or who fails to ensure that such fire extinguishers are installed, maintained and serviced in accordance with SANS 10105; or 

     (b) maintain any other provision made to satisfy the requirements of subregulation T1(1)(e), shall be guilty of an offence. 

2. Any person who causes or permits any escape route to be rendered less effective or to be obstructed in any way which may hinder or prevent the escape of any person from a building in the case of fire or any other emergency shall be guilty of an offence.