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permission to braai

One day you wake up and think that you’re finally going to build that built in braai you’ve wanted for years. It should be easy, choose a spot, grab the bricks, cement it all together…

However, there is more to a built-in braai than just throwing bricks together. There are all sorts of things you need to consider – the height of the flue, spark inhibitors, the proximity to roofing timbers, wind, rain, heat, planning permission, and so on.

One of the most frequently asked questions is: “Do I need planning permission for a built in braai?”

Well, yes and no. A built in braai is normally classified as “minor building work” and whilst you do not need to submit plans, The National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act (No. 103 of 1977) states that no person may erect, alter, add to, or convert any building without prior approval by the local authority. So as long as you comply with the “minor building work” regulations and have received permission from the local authority’s building control officer, you do not need to submit any plans.

If your braai does not fall under “minor building work” then you will need to submit plans for approval before building commences. If you are not sure which category your built-in braai will fall under, it is probably best to check with your council just to be sure. If your braai is being built against a boundary wall, in most parts of SA, your neighbours’ consent will be required. This can be done by informing them in writing. Keep in mind that they might object if the smoke will interfere with their own property and the enjoyment thereof.

Because the regulations can be a bit of a minefield and no case is the same, it is probably best to contact your local building inspectors for advice on where and how to begin. From there you can go to the planning department of your local municipality. If plans are needed, by law, only building plans from professionals registered with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession will be accepted. This may seem like a complicated task, but you won’t regret the fees when you have peace of mind that the person you’ve hired has sound knowledge of the regulations and you can get everything right the first-time round.

Happy braai building!

Andre Ter Moshuizen Estate Agent

082 602 1367 |

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