CoW urges residents not to erect building structures without approved plan issued by municipality

WINDHOEK: The City of Windhoek (CoW) has urged residents not to erect building structures without an approved plan issued by the municipality.

The City of Windhoek’s Corporate Communications Officer, Josua Amukugo cautioned during a media briefing on Thursday that whoever wishes to erect a new building or do structural amendments on existing buildings must follow all the set procedures.

He said it is a legal requirement to seek building approvals before a permanent structure is erected on municipal land.

Amukugo said in order to avoid inconveniences regarding the compliance to building regulations later, it should be noted that no transfer will be approved for a property which has been sold if the structure differs from the plan, or any part of the structure does not correlate with the approved plan.

The CoW will also not issue a client with a Compliance Certificate if the structure is not corresponding with the building plan.

Amukugo furthermore warned that sometimes there are corrections which need to be made on the plans by the client’s plan designer and if that is not the case, the client is informed to collect and correct the plan and amend it accordingly before re-submitting for approval.