An NHBRC enrollment simply means the process of handing in your municipal approved building plans to the NHBRC for further inspection and approval, in order to obtain insurance against minor and major structural defects such as roof leaks and structural collapse over the next 5 years. It’s a process that is undertaken collectively by a home owner, builder, architect as well as a structural engineer. In some instances, a Geo technical surveyor might also be involved in cases underlain by dolomite soil conditions.
NHBRC youth & builders training programs
- The NHBRC offers a couple of training programs to the youth & builders
- We are here to help you with the enrollment of your house plans with the Nhbrc.
- House enrollment is the second & probably the final step after the NHBRC registration, should everything go according to plan
- in the paragraphs that follow below, we shall be discussing the various requirements, forms, documents and fees to be paid for both late and normal NHBRC enrolments.
WHAT IS AN NHBRC ENROLMENT?
nhbrc late enrollments
An NHBRC late enrollment occurs when actual building plans have commenced before building plans have been approved by the NHBRC. Usually, the NHBRC requires builders to submit municipal approved building plans from a competent structural engineer as well as a Geo technical site investigation before foundation trenches are excavated.
ENROLLMENT APPLICATION DOCUMENTS
The following documents are required for enrollment.
- The correct Nhbrc application forms depending on the kind of development.
- Approved council plans from the municipality council.
- A building contract preferably drawn up by a competent legal person, with price breakdown, signed by both parties.
- A title deed of the property together with a letter from the transferring attorney that indicates the values of the land as well as the property details such as erf/stand or sectional title numbers.
- The builder's NHBRC registration certificate (Certified copy not older than 3 months).
- Certified ID copy of builder ( Signatory to the building contract mentioned above).
- Structural engineering drawings for foundation, storm water management and drainage management. For plans on dolomite developments, full structural engineering drawings accompanied by a Geo technical site investigation completed by an independent Geo technical engineer accompanied by a B4 certificate which is issued by the council for the Geo technical survey.
- In some rare cases, if the development is for an estate (sectional title development), the NHBRC may require for the builder to submit the promotional materials or brochures and a feasibility study.
residential unit enrollment (EF003)
Builders have to be careful about which form to use when applying for different developments. If it is an ordinarily residential unit, a builder must use the form marked EF003 as opposed to the ST003 which applies to multiple storeysand sectional type of developments only. You can download the resiential units application form by clicking here.
competent person (Form B1)
In terms of the NHBRC, competent person refers to the person who signed off the Geo technical site investigation. this person must at least be a professional registered with the council for Geo technical survey. The competent person must at least have a qualification in carrying out soil surveys and must be independent from the builder in terms of the house building project. Details of this person are required on form B1 of the application form which must also be completed by the competent person, builder, home owner as well as the structural engineer with original signatures.
NHBRC ENROLLMENT FEES
The NHBRC enrollment fees are based on a sliding scale based on the value of the land as well as the building fees including labor and materials. However, this amount is capped at R 29 824,56. Please note, previously this amount used to be capped at R 34,000 however, ever since the NHBRC de-registered for VAT, the builders no longer have to pay the VAT amounts, hence prices have become a lot cheaper.
You can view the NHBRC house enrollment fee calculator by clicking here.
Listed below is a list of application forms required by the Nhbrc
- Enrollment application form for ordinary house (Erf003) click here.
- Enrollment application form for sectional title hourse (ST003) click here.
- Form B1 for the Geo technical site investigation (Click here).
- Form B4 for Dolomitic Geo Technical site investigations (Click here).
- Financial guarantees by bank for sectional title applications (Click here).
sectional unit enrollment (ST003)
The form for sectional title developments is different from the form of ordinarily residential units. Builders must use the correct form when enrolling sectional units. This form is called the “ST003” which can be downloaded by clicking here. In some rare cases, the NHBRC might also request marketing and promotional materials of the sectional title developments as well as a feasibility study as part of the enrollment process.
Competent person (Late enrollments)
As mentioned before, late enrollment occurs when building commences before prior inspections and approval from the NHBRC was granted. This is a situation which every builder must avoid at all costs as it can turn out to be very expensive for each item that was done that the inspectors might not have been able to inspect. For every checklist item that goes unverified, the builder might need to add the full amount onto the cover. In addition to this, late enrollments might require the use of a SANAS accredited laboratory to verify a couple of items. In fact, the form for late enrollments is so different from the normal forms and as you can see, it has additional prerequisites should the builder not have complied with procedure. To view or download the form, click here.
There are 2 application forms issued by the board depending on the grade you are applying for. Application form for grade 1 is completely different from the application form for grade 2. To view the different form, please click below for each type.
What is a Cidb certificate?
A CIDB certificate is a certificate issued by the Construction & Industry Development Board to certify a construction company’s capacity to carry out a government tender. The certificate determines the tender value range & the type of construction works (Class) that the company can bid for in a government tender. For example, construction companies with a CIDB class 1 electrical engineering works can only bid for government electrical contract works between the values of R 1 & R 130,000.
SPONSORSHIP & JOINT VENTURE AGREEMENTS
Did you know that two or more companies on a lower CIDB level could combine by means of a joint venture to qualify for a higher CIDB grading. For detailed information on how to create a joint venture via sponsorship, click here.
How long does it take to get a cidb certificate?
Between 3 to 21 working days dependent on the grade applied for. For grade 1, it will take about 2 to 3 days whereas for the remainder of the other grades, it will take 21 days. Applicants must make provision for issues such as the head office being off line as well as load shedding.
CIDB REGISTRATION PROCESS
In conclusion, the CIDB registration process starts off with the collecting the required registration documents, determining the grade for which your company qualifies for, completing the correct application form as well as submitting in person to the construction & industry development board. We can facilitate this entire process regardless of which grade you are applying for. To assist you with your application, please fill in our online application form and we shall guide you from there.
CIDB CERTIFICATE CHECK
Applicants can check on the progress of their application status by clicking on the CIDB’s website here.