Residents need approval from CoW to build

15 Jun 2014 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 15 JUN (NAMPA) – The City of Windhoek (CoW) has urged residents not to erect building structures without an approved plan issued by the municipality.
The City of Windhoek’s Corporate Communications Officer, Josua Amukugo cautioned during a media briefing here on Thursday that whoever wishes to erect a new building or do structural amendments on existing buildings must follow all the set procedures.
“It is a legal requirement to seek building approvals before a permanent structure is erected on municipal land. A new plan must be drawn up by a qualified and competent person (such as architects and engineers), and submitted to the City of Windhoek for approval, and only after the approval has been granted may the client go ahead and do alterations to his/her property as per the approved building plan,” he explained.
Amukugo said in order to avoid inconveniences regarding the compliance to building regulations later, it should be noted that no transfer will be approved for a property which has been sold if the structure differs from the plan, or any part of the structure does not correlate with the approved plan.
The CoW will also not issue a client with a Compliance Certificate if the structure is not corresponding with the building plan.
The building plans’ unit in the CoW has the responsibility to ensure that plans are scrutinised and approved or disapproved within a period of 28 working days, as per the regulations.
Amukugo furthermore warned that sometimes there are corrections which need to be made on the plans by the client’s plan designer and if that is not the case, the client is informed to collect and correct the plan and amend it accordingly before re-submitting for approval.
At the same occasion, CoW’s Senior Building Inspector, Israel Kahiurika said some residents do alterations on buildings deliberately, while some are just not informed about the correct procedures.
He could, however, not provide figures and statistics of clients who deliberately build new structures without the proper building procedures.
Kahiurika mentioned the Maerua Mall as one example where construction did not comply with CoW’s regulations, noting that the problem was rectified after the City informed the contractor.
He also urged clients to consult the CoW if they need any advice when erecting new building structures.
“Each case has its own merits. Only if all the avenues are exhausted and clients do not comply with the rules then the CoW will demolished it. Demolishing is the last resort,” he added.