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City of Cape Town wants construction industry to resume without delay

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The City of Cape Town has assessed and approved building plans to the value of R2.3 billion since the start of the national lock down. The bulk of these plans comprise of less than 500m² each and this will enable the smaller contractors and builders to start construction immediately, once the regulations for this sector have been eased.

The City of Cape Town’s Development Management Department has been open for business since the start of the national lock down:

Although not an essential service, this department has been working flat out behind the scenes to ensure that the construction industry can resume work without any further delay once the regulations have been eased. The construction industry employs hundreds of thousands of workers, and we want to see the smaller contractors and builders in particular, returning to building sites as soon as the situation allows for it,” commented the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt.

The City of Cape Town has approved 1 753 of these ‘smaller’ building plans during lock down. These plans comprise of less than 500m² and are usually undertaken by small enterprises.

The small business owners are at the very heart of our local economy and provide job opportunities to many artisans and blue-collar workers. They need all the support they can get, and therefore the City has continued with receiving and assessing building plan applications, and land use and development applications during the lockdown,” said Alderman Nieuwoudt.

Since the start of the lock down on the 27th of March, the City of Cape Town has approved:

  • 1 374 building plans comprising of less than 500m² each – the value of the imminent building work amounts to over R850 million.
  • 379 minor work applications to the value of R25 million.
  • 63 building plans comprising of more than 500m² each. The value of the imminent building work amounts to R1.2 billion.

Thus, all-in-all, we have approved building plans to the value of R2,3 billion. All this work can start immediately, once the National Government allows private construction companies to return to work. Cape Town’s economy needs this injection, and our residents will benefit immensely from the jobs that will flow from this,” said Alderman Nieuwoudt.

Development professionals, developers and investors are encouraged to continue submitting their applications via the City’s e-services portal. The applications will be processed once the applicable fees have been paid.

Applications, especially building plans, are likely to be processed quickly if they comply with the City’s Development Management Scheme. The more complex and intricate the application, the longer it takes to process.

Developers who are ready to discuss their applications can contact the department and request an online meeting.