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Q: How often must I service my fire extinguisher, hose reels and hydrants?

A: All fire extinguishers, hose reels and hydrants must be serviced annually (every 12 months). This rule is not applicable to fire extinguishers on vehicles. These equipment must be serviced every 6 months. Delacon Fire can assist with the servicing of fire equipment.


Q: Who can service my fire equipment?

A: According to SANS 1475 only SABS permit holders and SAQCC accredited fire technicians may service fire equipment. Delacon Fire is a SABS permit holder and all our technicians are accredited with the SAQCC Fire.


Q: Can I verify if my service provider is accredited with the necessary institutions?

A: Yes. SABS permit holders can be verified on the SABS webpage (www.sabs.co.za) and SAQCC accredited fire technicians can be verified on the SAQCC Fire webpage (www.saqccfire.co.za).

Q: I want to use my property for purposes of a guest house?

A: Yes it is possible to use your property for purposes of a guest house provided that the necessary land use application be submitted to the Municipality. Usually guest house rights will be established by means of a consent use application. Delacon Planning can assist with this application.


Q: Can I use my property as a creche? How many children may I have in the creche?

A: Yes it is possible to use your property for purposes of a creche provided that the necessary land use application be submitted to the Municipality. The type of land use application to be submitted will be determined by the Town Planning Scheme applicable to the area where your property is located. The number of children to be allowed in the creche will also be determined by the Town Planning Scheme in operation. Delacon Planning can assist with this application.


Q: What will happen if I use my property contrary to the zoning of my property?

A: Property may only be used according to the zoning of the property. If property is used contrary the zoning of the property, the Municipality will regard the use as illegal and may institute legal action against the owner of the property.

Q: Must I have building plans if I want to erect a carport?

A: Yes a carport is regarded as a building. The National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act 103 of 1977 determine that no person shall without the prior approval in writing of the local authority in question, erect any building in respect of which plans and specifications are to be drawn and submitted. Building is defined by the Act as any structure, whether of a temporary or permanent nature and irrespective of the materials used in the erection thereof, erected or used for or in connection with the accommodation or convenience of human beings or animals; the manufacture, processing, storage, display or sale of any goods; any wall, swimming bath, swimming pool, reservoir or bridge or any other structure connected therewith. Delacon Draughting can assist with the compilation of building plans.


Q: What is an occupation certificate?

A: A local authority shall within 14 days after the owner of a building of which the erection has been completed, or any person having an interest therein, has requested it in writing to issue a certificate of occupancy in respect of such building (a) issue such certificate of occupancy if it is of the opinion that such building has been erected in accordance with the provisions of the National Building Regulations and the conditions on which approval was granted, (b) in writing notify such owner or person that it refuses to issue such certificate of occupancy if it is not so satisfied or if a certificate has not been so issued and submitted to it.

The owner of any building erected or being erected with the approval of a local authority, who occupies or uses such building or permits the occupation or use of such building unless a certificate of occupancy has been issued in respect of such building; shall be guilty of an offence. Delacon Draughting can assist to obtain an occupation certificate for your property.

Q: When is my property regarded as a heritage building?

A: According to Section 34 of the National Heritage Resources Act 25 of 1999 no person may alter or demolish any structure or part of a structure which is older than 60 years without a permit issued by the relevant provincial heritage resources authority. Not all buildings older than 60 years will be protected as a heritage building. The Provincial Heritage Resource Authority will decide when a structure is regarded as a heritage building. Delacon Legal can assist with the application in terms of Section 34.


Q: Can I still use my property if it is regarded as a heritage building?

A: Yes provided that the proposed use is in line with the authority or permit issued by the Provincial Heritage Resource Authority. Delacon Legal can assist with the interpretation of the permit or authorization issued by the Provincial Heritage Resource Authority.


Q: How do I proof ownership of my property?

A: Ownership is determined by means of the Title Deed applicable to the property. Delacon Legal can assist with the interpretation of your Title Deed.


Q: I am married in community of property and I want to rezone my property. Must my wife give permission for the rezoning?

A: Yes. When a couple is married in community of property they are regarded as co-owners of the property. When the property is developed both owners need to consent to the proposed land use application. Delacon Legal can assist with an example of the power of attorney to be submitted as part of the rezoning application.

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