Reasons companies have to submit building plans for large advertising structures
In terms of section 4 of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, 1977 (Act 103 of 1977), no person may without the written approval of the local authority erect a building for which plans and specifications have to be drawn and submitted in terms of the Act. The Act defines a building as follows:
"building" includes -
any other 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 -
(ii) the manufacture, processing, storage, display or sale of any goods;
(iii) the rendering of any service …
Because large advertising structures involve concrete construction work, steel construction work, bricklaying and possibly other types of structural systems, they are considered to be buildings and are therefore subject to the building standards laid down by the Act. Building plans therefore need to be drawn up and submitted to the Municipality for approval.