The Development Applications & Approval Branch is responsible for the processing of applications to build, also known as building permit applications.  The focus of this Branch is the consideration of applications to build, submitted in terms of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, to ensure compliance is achieved with the applicable laws and standards, thereby promoting safe, healthy and sustainable development of the built environment.

Where can you find us?
The Branch is represented by Regional Offices located in major centres around the eThekwini Metropolitan area.  Should you be unsure which Regional Office is responsible for the suburb in which you reside please contact the centre which is closest to you for assistance.

The Regional Offices are located at the addresses s indicated below and open to the public via it's counter service between the hours of 08:00 and 12:30 (Monday to Friday).

Regional Offices
Office​ ​Address ​Telephone
Central ​166 K E Masinga Road (Old Fort Road) Durban 031 311 7069
Inner West ​60 Kings Road, Pinetown 031 322 1933
North ​327 Umhlanga Rocks Drive, Umhlanga Rocks 031 311 6074/76/79/80
North 325 Gopalall Hurbans Road, Tongaat (Submissions only) 031 322 1646
North 151 Wick Street, Verulam (Submissions only) 031 322 1761
South ​9 Mayors Mews, Winklespruit 031 311 5851
Outer West 22 Delamore Road, Hillcrest 031 311 2707

The services available at the various Regional Offices is as indicated below:

Services Available @ Regional Offices
Inner West
Outer West

Building Applications - Reference Guide
​Guide to Understanding the Building Plan/Submission Process

Building Applications – Requirements & Responsibilities
The following guide clarifies the Roles and Responsibilities of the Owner and appointed professional, and process involved when making an application for approval to build to the eThekwini Municipality.
Frequently Asked Questions
The FAQ provides information on building application submission requirements.

Plan Folding Guide for Submission Purposes
The following is provided as a guide on how building plans, submitted to Development Applications and Approvals Branch, should be folded:
Plan Folding Guide

Internal Process
Building assessment procedure:

News and Updates
To keep the public and professionals informed of the latest news or requirements associated with the branch any new, changes or updates are shared via it's Bulletin Board.
For news and updates: Bulletin Board

Contact us
The Development Applications and Approvals Branch is part of the Development Managment Department. The Development Management Department is responsible for the control of development throughout the eThekwini Municipality.

The department can be contacted via the following numbers:
Tel: 031 311 7881, Fax: 031 311 7843