The National Building Regulations Business Unit is responsible to ensure that the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, 1977 (Act No.103 of 1977) (NBR & BS Act) is;
1. Current, relevant and kept up to new building developments and that it addresses all aspects of the building industry.
2. The NRCS National Building Regulations Business Unit is further tasked with ensuring that this legislation is understood and uniformly implemented by the Local Authorities. The Local Authorities being the implementers and enforcers of the National Building Regulations on behalf of the minister of Trade, Industry and Competition.
3. The NRCS National Building Regulations Business Unit ensures that the built environment practitioners are informed of changes to the legislation and provide them with technical interpretation of the legislation.
4. The NRCS National Building Regulations Business Unit administers the Review Board, this is a body which hears appeals against decisions made by the Local Authorities. The Review Board interprets the regulations and suggests changes were appeals has shown that changes to the legislation would be required to alleviate misunderstanding of the law.
5. The NRCS National Building Regulations Business Unit forms part of the SANS 10400 development committees and provide technical advice to assist these committees to develop suitable national building standards.
6. The NRCS National Building Regulations Business Unit evaluate the qualifications of the Local Authorities Building Control Officers (BCO). These BCO qualifications have to satisfy stringent requirements in terms of the Act.
7. Conduct workshops to building industry practitioners and Building Control Officers in an effort to ensure promote the general understanding and implementation of the Act.
8. Conduct forensic architectural investigations as an impartial party.