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Building Inspectorate is an operative section under City Architecture Division and whose mandate is to:

Building Inspectorate is divided into ‘3’ three operative regions headed by Regional Inspectors. It has the Central Region, Eastern Region and Western Region. Each Region has District Offices ranging from 4 Districts to 10 Districts to make a zone. These zones are supposedly designed to report to a Zonal Leader, who automatically becomes a Supervisor of all Inspectors within a particular zone.

REGISTRY OFFICE AT HEAD OFFICE

Building Inspectorate has a Registry Office headed by a Chief Clerical Officer. This office is responsible for;

SPECIFIC DUTIES OF THE REGISTRY OFFICE

  1. Interpret building plans and verify plinth area to be able to calculate plan fees using the correct rates applicable.
  2. Determine stock requirements for the section, raise requisitions and control stock use.
  3. Calculate fees for Certificates of Occupation, Place of Assembly Certificates and Structural Certificates.
  4. Notifies the City Valuations and Estates Section and the Rates Section of all Certificates of occupation issued for revision of valuations and rates.
  5. Compiles and submits fortnightly and monthly reports.
  6. Attends to all queries regarding plan submission, circulation and approval from members of the public.
  7. Issues invoices for professional registration to architects and other tradesmen, ensures they have valid registration before their works can be accepted for approval or inspection.
  8. Verifies plan fees charged on submitted plans from all District Offices.

Decision Making

  1. Decides on classification of proposed projects for plan fees determination.
  2. Decides on final construction costs declared by developers for calculation of certificate of occupation fees.
  3. Decides on layout of both manual and electronic records.
  4. Decides on acceptability of documents tendered as proof of ownership by developers.

Pressure of Work

Ever increasing pressure of work due to the rapid expansion of the City particularly through high and middle density housing schemes and cooperatives. All contribute to the myriad other chores the registry office faces and is tasked to deal with.

Controls and checks

Direct control by the Regional Building Inspector.

Consequences of Error

  1. Failure to calculate fees correctly can lead to loss of revenue.
  2. Failure to check on registration status of architects and tradesmen will result in unregistered practitioners trading, resulting in revenue loss.

CITY OF HARARE AREAS OF COVERAGE TO DATE

DISTRICT

LOCATION

1.      

Waterfalls District

Near Parktown along Masotsha Ndhlovu Way

2.      

Hatfield District

Along Elgin Road

3.      

Greendale District

Corner Coronation Road and Kennedy Drive

4.      

Highlands District

Along Kew Drive just after Enterprise Road

5.      

Borrowdale District

Corner Gaydon Road and Stonechart Lane

6.      

Mt. Pleasant District

Bond Shopping Centre along the Chase

7.      

Malborough District

Along Elizabeth Windsor Road.

8.      

Mabelreign District

Along Sherwood Drive at Malbereign Shopping Centre.

9.      

Tafara District

Tafara Township

10.   

Mabvuku District

Mabvuku Township

11.   

Hatcliff District

Hatcliff Township

12.   

Dzivarasekwa District

Dzivarasekwa Township

13.   

Kambuzuma District

Kambuzuma Township

14.   

Warren Park District

Warren Park Township

15.   

Kuwadzana District

Kuwadzana Township

16.   

Mufakose District

Mufakose Township.

17.   

Budiriro Township

Budiriro Township

18.   

Glenview District

Glenview Township

19.   

Glen Norah District

Glen Norah Township

20.   

Sunningdale District

Sunningdale Township

21.   

C.B.D District

Cnr. Speke/L. Takawira Street

PROCEDURE GUIDE/MANUAL ON THE REQUIREMENTS FOR BUILDING PLAN SUBMISSION:-

Consideration must be taken not to violate Chapter 2 Section 16 M.B.B.Ls when preparing and submitting plans where it says no person shall include on any plan any information which;

  1. is false and which he has no reasonable cause to believe to be correct.
  2. Plan approval application form found at every District Office to be fully completed by applicant / agent.
  1. P.D.I form found at every District Office to be fully completed by applicant / agent.
  1. Proof of ownership in the form of title deeds/agreement of sale/lease agreement if Council or Government property.
  1. Site plan with dimensions from Surveyor General’s Office depicting, abutting stands or proof of un-surveyed stand confirmation from Surveyor Generals Office (verification of survey).
  1. Place of plan submission: At the Local District Office where the property falls under.
  1. Note that plans for Commercial/Industry/Churches, halls and Advertising signs in high density areas and S.T.L are submitted at the Head Office (Cleveland House Cnr. Speke/L. Takawira St.)
  1. Plans for Industrial Factories are first submitted to NSSA Offices for approval by the Inspector of factories.
  1. Plan collection after approval: At point of submission.

CONSTRUCTION PHASE (STAGE BOOKINGS) BOOKINGS ARE DONE AT EVERY DISTRICT OFFICE TO A BUILDING INSPECTOR

The following are the stage bookings:

 

PAYABLE TARRIFF

 

 

High Density

Low Density

a)      

Siting and foundations

$10+15% VAT

$20+15%VAT

b)     

D.P.C Level (box) prior to concrete casting

$10+15% VAT

$20+15%VAT

c)      

Lintel Level

$10+15% VAT

$20+15%VAT

d)     

Wallplate Level

$10+15% VAT

$20+15%VAT

e)      

Roof Trusses

$10+15% VAT

$20+15%VAT

f)      

Drain Open test

$60+15% VAT

$150+15% VAT

g)     

Final test for a Certificate of Occupation

Fixed at $60+15% VAT

1% of Final Cost based on Estimates at Submission

Industrial, Commercial and Industrial Buildings

 

PAYABLE TARRIFF

a)      

Siting and foundations

$30+15% VAT

b)     

D.P.C Level (box) prior to concrete casting

$30+15% VAT

c)      

Lintel Level

$30+15% VAT

d)     

Wallplate Level

$30+15% VAT

e)      

Roof Trusses

$30+15% VAT

f)      

Drain Open test

$300+15% VAT

g)     

Final test for a Certificate of Occupation

1.75% of the Final Cost

RISK BASED MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENTAL STAGE INSPECTIONS (RBMDSI)

The Local Authority has since introduced Risk based Management Developmental Stage Inspections (RBMDSI) as adapted by the Environmental Management on the 27 March 2019 to help reduce frequency of site inspection visits by Building Inspectors but not affecting the quality of work on construction through measures stipulated in the RBMDSI Contract Form.

THE ONE STOP SHOP PLAN APPROVAL CYCLE: DEC 2017 TO DATE: A MILESTONE ON THE EASE OF DOING BUSINESS IN ZIMBABWE: CONSTRUCTION PERMITS REFORMS

The One Stop Shop Plan Approval is a giant product and milestone on the Ease of Doing Business in Zimbabwe under the Construction Permits Reforms as supervised by the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) in collaboration with the World Bank. It is mandated to oversee and expedite the Building Plan Approval time and sits on Tuesdays and Thursdays weekly where all submitted plan applications are examined, snagged and approved round the table by all stakeholders. (See the Flow Chart Diagrams on the download here)