On this episode of the Friday Property Clinic, we speak to Chisomo Chongo and he shares with us his experience and the processes one needs to go through when obtaining building permissions.

Building Regulations exists to ensure that buildings are designed and constructed in accordance with the law. It is important to be aware of these regulations when building your dream home. These regulations guide us about what to construct, how and where. It is important to check with your local council with any building regulations that they have in place, and if there are any contracts or approvals you need before commencing your project.

LAWS THAT CONTAIN BUILDING REGULATION

  • Town and Country Planning Act
    • What the architect will use to ensure you receive proper planning permissions
  • National Construction Act
    • Construction services
    • Building Restrictions
  • How to register
    • Zambia Institute of Architects
  • Who is allowed to offer architectural services
    • Public Health Act
  • What your architect is supposed to do for you in relation to your project

NAVIGATING THROUGH BUILDING REGULATIONS

  • Engage services of an architect. They will guide you through the whole building process
  • Contact Zambia Institute of Architects for referral of an accredited architect
  • What to expect when engaging an architect
    1.  The architect will interpret your vision
    2.  Draw your plans based on your vision
    3.  Guide you through the acquisition of planning permission
    4.  Guide you through the construction process     

WHERE DO YOU SEEK PLANNING PERMISSIONS

  • Council – Habitants within greater area of your town or district
  • Provincial – Habitants in the city outskirts
  • Circulation – Submit drawings to four major departments
    • Architectural statute department
    • Fire Department – How safe will your building be when built in response to a fire
    • Public Health Department – Your home design encourages you to live in a very habitable and clean environment
    • Town and Country Planning Department – You are placing your building where it should be and how it should be whilst adhering to the sustainable building guidelines

WHY GO THROUGH THIS PROCESS

  • Registered professionals
    • Do things in relation to the law
    • Using professionals protects you and your money
    • You don’t want to lose an investment because you did not follow correct procedures
    • Professionals ensure compliance with the law
  • Avoid demolitions
    • defective drawings
    • not following approved drawings
    • not hiring correct contractors  

MAIN POINTS

  • Professionals – Always use the right people
  • Ensure you have planning permissions
  • Do not use shortcuts
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