National Inspectors Council for Residential Construction in South Africa


The ‘National Inspectors Council for Residential Construction in South Africa (NICRC.SA), was conceptualized in terms of the Housing Consumer Protection Measures Act, 1998 (Act No. 95 of 1998). The focal point being primarily to inspect builders workmanship and audit construction of:-

Home Owners new and newly converted homes
2) Inspect a 'prospective' home, which a buyer may wish to acquire for any defects
     and or building irregularities

3) Current Structures whereas professional advise is required to the state the
     condition thereof for purposes of warranties carried by the NHBRC and or Home
     Owners Insurance.

This done
in terms of the law and set guidelines as provided and concluded by the NHBRC (National Home Builders Registration Council) governing all Home Builders.


As within all modern day societies, building codes have been adopted for the purpose of providing minimum standards of health and safety for the Home Owner. Model Building Organisations such as the NHBRC and the Joint Structural Division, Code of Practice for Foundation and Superstructures for Single Storey Residential Buildings of Masonry Construction, provide with example clear guidelines with respect to foundation design for prevailing soil conditions on a particular site etc.


The National Building Regulations and Building Standard Act, 1977 (Act 103 of 1977) form a basis on how the development of buildings and their surroundings are to be done in order to suit human habitation. It is from this basis that the Regulations, made in terms of the Act, prescribes mandatory requirements that support the objectives of the Act. Any conventional material, methods or systems that can be utilised in the construction of building are documented in the Code of Practice (SANS 10400): The Application of the National Building Regulations.