Buying property without it having approved plans.

Every property owner in terms of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act 103 of 1977 is required to obtain municipal approved plans prior to the commencement of any building work on a property. Therefore, it stands to reason that every dwelling or house will have a set of municipal approved plans, right? Wrong. Unfortunately parties often only discover years later, when they want to make alterations to the property or when they want to sell the property,