INSURANCE REQUIRES APPROVED BUILDING PLAN AND FIRE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE
Hospitality, Retail, Commercial, Warehouse and Industrial buildings are deemed demanding in terms of fire protection and fire systems needs to comply with the National Buildings Regulations Fire Safety Act No 103 of 1977 amended.
As-Build drawings will be required of the building for the Fire Engineer to do inspection and advise if building comply with regulations. If the building does not comply the fire engineer needs to design a fire prevention system that may involves various active elements, including fire-detection and -suppression elements, sprinklers, pumps and tanks, as well as passive elements such as compartmentalisation, fire doors, fire walls and smoke control.
The fire engineer is required to fill out the South African National Standards (SANS) Form 2 and SANS Form 4. Form 2 acknowledges that the building has been designed in accordance with the requirements of the Fire Safety Act and the fire engineer’s signing off on that indicates that everything has been designed correctly.
The relevant fire department then requests that the SANS Form 4 be delivered to it before it conducts an inspection and issues the company a site-clearance certificate. Certain fire departments insist on original copies to combat fraud, other fire departments are less concerned.
Insurance companies may refuse to cover you if you don’t have approved building and fire clearance. What SANS 10400: Part T – Fire Protection Says : https://www.sans10400.co.za/fire-protection/