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National Building Code 101: Everything You Need To Know Before Your Next Build

Given the rapid boost of urbanization in the Philippines, the government has enacted the National Building Code or Republic Act No. 6541 to present set guidelines for construction builders and key professionals such as engineers and architects to ensure that structures, homes, and buildings are safe and secure.

The law aims to ensure that the latest technical knowledge on building design, construction, occupancy, maintenance, and use are followed and implemented. 

Here are the highlights of the building code to review before your next build:

  • General Building Requirements

All structures including accessory facilities must follow the principles of safe construction. Environmental safeguards shall also be observed if certain buildings or spaces will be used for manufacturing or production. 

  • Construction Site Standards 

The building code is specific that the land or site where the building or structure will be constructed meets sanitary and safety requirements. 

Distance specifications from possible hazards such as volcanic sites, sources of fire or explosion, and polluted bodies of water and sources of air must be observed if the construction is for human habitation or residential purposes. 

  • Building Permits

Any construction, alteration, repair, movement, or demolition of any building must only be done after necessary permits are secured. Building officials will be designated to conduct inspection and confirm compliance to the code.

Application can be filed in writing and as prescribed by the Office of the Building Official. Permits will ask applicants to specify scope of work, certified true copy of the TCT of land/site or contract of lease, planned use or occupancy, and the estimated cost. Registered engineers need to sign off on the corresponding plans and specifications depending on work that will be done.

  • Processing and Approval Timeline

If all requirements are satisfied and up to standards, permits will be issued within 15-21*days after payment of fees are settled. 

  • Validity of Permits

Permits have a validity of one year from the date of issuance. Once construction has started, it is given a period of 120 days. 

  • Inspection and Supervision Requirements

Licensed architects or civil engineers must undertake the full-time inspection and supervision of the construction work. They will inspect sites to check and determine compliance with plans and specifications submitted.

A logbook must be available at the job site to monitor construction progress including tests conducted, weather conditions and other relevant data. This is required for final inspection to determine the structure’s readiness for occupancy.

Work with a team of professionals and send your requirements to Partner with Corebilt for your next build. 

*Turnaround time for permit processing and approval may vary depending on the local government unit and other additional requirements.

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