Erecting tents need to follow building regulations

2016-10-06 06:00

TENTS for functions have become a good option for public events providing protection against the elements.

Since a few tents have taken off in strong winds and have led to damage to property and loss of life, regulations were put in place to minimise the risk.

The national building regulations and building standards Act number 103 of 1977 refers: Any building must have approval.

A building is classified as a structure for human habitation irrespective of materials used. Such approval may require a certificate by a structural engineer.

The risk of fire, electrocution, and lightning must also be assessed.

The municipality have two options available to comply with the act. The one is to submit a application form at the Uvongo offices at least two weeks before the event or function. The necessary arrangements are then done by the municipality and input from all departments concerned is collected.

The other is to ask for permission from the municipal manager’s office where public land is used. The letter of approval will then require the organiser of the event to notify the relevant departments and ensure their participation and approval before commencement of the event.

Leaving it to chance, you may find yourself without an event as the engineer may not be available to do an inspection just before or during an event when it is requested by an effected party to show your compliance certificate. Failing to comply is an offence and may lead to prosecution.

For more information regarding the requirements, phone 039 688 2000 or 039 315 9236.

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