What are building plans?

Building plans are structured design plans of buildings that give the necessary information to the viewer (e.g. local authority employee, construction project manager, building contractors etc.) to understand how the proposed building is built and the exact position it is to be situated on the property.

Why do you need submit building plans and get building plan approval?

Apart from repairing a building that has degraded from ordinary wear and tear or for normal maintenance purposes, all forms of building work requires building plans to be submitted to the local authority for approval. The local authorities requirements in the Western Cape differ from that of other regions, even more confusingly the local authorities within the Western Cape may differ from each other, such as Citrusdal, Worcester, Clan William, Hout Bay, Claremont, Muizenberg etc.


All building plans need to be submitted and then get approval whether it is for residential house building plans, modern office building plans or renovation building plans for a factory.

Why use ALTERPLAN to facilitate Building Plans Approval from the respective Local Council in Cape Town, Milnerton, Yzerfontein, Citrusdal, Hermanus and the surrounds?

There are many architecture and draftsman designers that prepare building plans and then the owner will submit the plans for approval to save money. Most often there is a deviation in the plans from the relevant Council approved building guidelines and development parameters and result in the building plans being rejected because the building plans are inadequate and/or have a lack of information.

A part from ALTERPLAN designing you through the building process, we will design, finalise, submit and get the building plans approved at your local council authority. Or you can just get us to walk the plans through the building plan approval process only.

Benefits of using ALTERPLAN include:

  • Preparing needed documentation
  • Zoning information and SG diagram
  • Application tracking
  • Experience and expertise in the process
  • Relationships with many of the relevant parties at many of the Cape Town and surrounds local council authorities
  • And many more


ALTERPLAN can design you through the process from start to finish whether you want office design, house design or industrial building design plan anywhere in the Western Cape.