Lisa Mace is a Senior Associate Attorney, Notary and Conveyancer at STBB and is based at the Fish Hoek office. After completing her LLB degree at Stellenbosch University, Lisa joined STBB in 2013 and was thereafter admitted as an Attorney, Notary and Conveyancer. Whilst most of her work is in Retail conveyancing and Property Law she also attends to Antenuptial Contracts, Notarial Contracts and assists in the Development Department.

Thought of the Week | Renovating your home? A Certificate of Occupancy is crucial

What is required after your building plans were approved?

Once your local municipality has approved the building plans and you have completed the renovation, alteration, addition or extension to your home in accordance with such building plans in the required timeframe, it is imperative that you, or your project manager, make contact in writing with the municipality, to request the issue of a Certificate of Occupancy. The Certificate of Occupancy is signed off by the municipal Building Inspector, once he/she has visited your property and confirmed that you have built in accordance with the approved building plans, that any conditions of approval, imposed by the municipality, have been complied with and that the required compliance certificates have been issued.

If you deviated from the approved building plan, the Building Inspector may request that a deviation plan is drafted, submitted and approved before the Certificate of Occupancy will be issued.

Obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy is crucial because a building may only be formally occupied after such Certificate has been issued. Once issued, remember to keep your Certificate of Occupancy in a safe place in case it is needed again when selling or mortgaging your property.