Facilities for Disabled Persons Nov 152011 The Facilities for Disabled People in our Public Buildings are Important Ramps for disabled persons to gain access to public buildings are very important 10 Responses to “Facilities for Disabled Persons” Comments (10) Zaheda says: 06/01/2014 at 2:20 PM Hi .. I am interested in developing a property and converting from residential to mixed use. I would like some info and advice as to what I need to do I was told that as the area in which the property is in already has business use rights if I build for 100 m2 I would not need to apply for rezoning. The other thing is as a 1st time builder/developer would I be safer building it owner build or getting a contractor? The problem I hav is keeping costs down … Also is there any association or some such that would help me with development finance as I am regarded as disabled and do no currently hav any work or income hence the need to develope the property so that I could either rent out or start my own business there ??any and all advice would b appreciated. Many thanks . Zay Reply Janek says: 25/01/2014 at 9:23 AM H Zay, The zoning regulations are very different in every municipality and zone, so your local council will be the only ones that can answer your zoning question. As for registering as an owner builder the restrictions on owner builders is that you may not sell the property for a period of 5 years after construction. Reply rosemary says: 28/04/2013 at 2:06 PM Please could you tell me where to find this information. Your site does not even mention pavements or walkways. I presume that developers who build retirement villages are required to make facilities for disabled persons e.g. humps on roads where there is no pavement to drive mobility scooters on, footpaths in garden areas = width? Should surely be wide enough for two mobility scooters to pass each other. Disabled toilets in Buildings in the retirement villages. Reply Penny says: 28/04/2013 at 5:26 PM Rosemary, Our site has a page for each and every one of the topics (or Parts as they are called in SANS 10400) that fall under the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act. This includes our section on Facilities for Disabled Persons. The thing is that the NBR focus on construction of buildings. There are many more Standards that relate to pavements and walkways. As an exercise I did a search on the SABS web site for: 1. Pavement There were 15 matches, all of which relate to materials and techniques that should be used for construction. 2. Walkway There were two matches, one relating to design and the other to the safer of machinery used when working on walkways. So on a site that focuses on published building standards, there would be absolutely no point in having a section on pavements and/or walkways. CLICK HERE for some more information on the legislation about facilities for disabled people (SANS 10400). I have also looked more closely at SANS 10400-S: Facilities for persons with disabilities. 1. My search for “pavement” didn’t reveal much other than: “The recommended surface between a pavement and roadway is a ramp fitted with tactile guidance surface indicators. This provides a safe and trafficable surface for wheelchair users, and a detectable surface to indicate to persons with visual impairments that they are leaving a pedestrian footpath and entering a traffic roadway”. 2. My search for “walkway” told me a) that a ramp is an “internal or external walkway with a slope between 1:20 and 1:12, in the direction of travel” There is also a regulation that states that the maximum camber on walkways and ramps may not be more than 1:50 b) “Windows and doors shall not open across a walkway, corridor, stair or ramp. Doorstops shall be so positioned that any door will open to its maximum, and that they will not create a hazard.” I also did a search for “disabled” on the SABS and there is ONE useful-looking Standard that comes up. ISO/TR 9527:1994 Building construction — Needs of disabled people in buildings — Design guidelines This is an International Standard and it sells for R881.60. I don’t have a copy. Chances are you might find the information you need here – and you will be able to access it free if you go to an SABS library. However, it does state “in buildings” so may not cover pavements and walkways! I really don’t know. Your local authority will probably also have bylaws that apply. So give them a call. In fact I think they are probably your best bet! Reply Stef Potgieter says: 22/02/2013 at 2:40 PM Does the act also state that all buildings must be fitted with a lift, and what about older buildings? Reply Janek says: 05/03/2013 at 10:58 PM Hi Stef, You have given very little information for us to give you any advice. I suggest that you contact your Local Council offices and speak to someone in the Building Planning Department and they will be able to help you. Reply aslam majam says: 22/02/2013 at 2:38 PM good-day I am a student studying my masters in Architecture. I am currently researching on facilities required for disabled people. Is it possible for me to receive a presentation regarding the facilities for disabled people. i am highly intrested in the regulations required. kind regards aslam majam Reply Janek says: 05/03/2013 at 10:53 PM Hi Aslam, I suggest that you contact the SABS in your area directly and go to the nearest office. They are very helpful and you can view the regulations in their library and make notes. I understand they have a special price for students who need to purchase regulations for their studies. Their contact details are on our SABS-Contact page. Reply Samantha Rouche says: 15/04/2012 at 8:45 PM Hello, I’m an architecture masters student at UKZN and am lookign to get hold of the national building regs. Is this possible? Thanks, Samantha Reply Penny says: 04/05/2012 at 11:36 AM The legislation and its amendments is available via this web site for free download. Go to Links & Downloads. But I think you are wanting a copy of the Deemed to Satisfy “rules” that are published by the SABS. You can purchase via their web site or directly from them. Their Durban tel number is 031-203 2900. You’d probably be better off going to their offices. Go to their library and ask to see SANS 10400. Each section is published separately and has a different price tag. The public is allowed to read the documents in the library, and if you want to make notes, take a laptop and work there. I have done this many times in the Cape Town branch. They are incredibly helpful. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Name (required) E-mail (required but will remain confidential and not be published) URI Your Comment Yes, add me to your mailing list.