• In terms of the National Building Regulations, plans must be prepared by a SACAP-registered architect or draughtsman.
  • The Applicant makes an application to OM Building Control Office by submitting plans and supporting documents (and photographs, if applicable) and completing the required form and checklist which are available at OM.
  • OM refers all Heritage-related applications for review by HOE. These applications are for work on sites with the following:

Buildings older than 60 years , as well as all graded buildings in the Greater Oudtshoorn Area.

Any proposals that require comment from Conservation Bodies in terms of the relevant sections of the NHRA.

  • After these reviews, the applicant submits the application, together with HOE and OM comments, to HWC in Cape Town, who considers the application in terms of the NHRA and issues a Record of Decision (RoD). It is important to note that a permit issued by HWC will require construction to be strictly in accordance with the approved plans. Any deviation would likely result in an order to halt work and to restore the building to comply with the plans.
  • Once approved by HWC, the applicant submits the application, with all comments and the RoD, to OM Building Control Department for final approval in terms of the National Building Regulations.
  • Work on site may only commence once this final approval has been obtained.

Guidelines to Facilitate the Assessment of Applications

Presentation of Concepts to HOE

Developers or owners are invited to submit preliminary proposals or sketch plans to HOE for comment and suggestions prior to final plans being drawn up. This may assist with interpretation of the guidelines in this booklet, and also save time by streamlining the subsequent processes.

Additional Information Submitted with Applications

The information contained in an application must enable the bodies reviewing and approving it, to gain a full understanding of the proposed work. 

  • The application form; plans (general and detailed), elevations (as is and proposed), sections as necessary for clarity, full specification of materials and bought-in items (e.g. doors and windows).
  • Photographs, CAD drawings, sketches, etc., to depict fully the proposal and its relation to the streetscape.