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City of Cape Town approves R2.8bn valued building plans during lockdown

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The City of Cape Town has approved building plans to the value of R2.8 billion during the lockdown up until the 31st of May 2020. Having assessed and approved 2 225 building plans during this period, the plans have ranged from minor building work applications to larger developments with these projects permitted to commence as regulations for the construction industry eases.

In a recent statement to the media, the City of Cape Town cited that the Development Management Department has remained committed to assessing and processing planning applications during the lockdown period. Contractors and builders who have been granted the green light will be able to start work without delay as the regulations for the industry are lifted.

We are encouraged by the number of sound development applications we were able to facilitate and approve during the lockdown period. This will amount to hundreds of thousands of building contract staff who will immediately be able to start working once regulations allow. The construction industry as a whole will provide much needed job security at a time when it is needed the most,” says the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt.

Since the commencement of the lockdown on the 27th of March, the City of Cape Town has approved:

  • 1 762 building plans comprising of less than 500m² each. The value of the imminent building work amounts to approximately R1.1 billion.
  • 463 minor work applications to the value of approximately R31 million.
  • 78 building plans comprising of more than 500m². The value of the imminent building work amounts to approximately R1.7 billion.
  • In terms of Land Use applications, the City has created 1 321 and managed to finalize 881 applications.

Further positive progress within the City’s development management team includes Council’s recent review of the City’s Municipal Planning Tribunal which it adopted in 2015. The tribunal deals with the final decision-making processes on certain planning applications. Council has approved for the nine external Municipal Planning Tribunal members’ term to be extended for another year and for the sixteen authorised City officials to be appointed for another five years. These members all have the necessary knowledge and experience in spatial planning, land use management and the applicable law as required in both the MPBL and Spatial Planning Land Use Management Act.

Council has also approved technical advisors to the Municipal Planning Tribunal.

The Municipal Planning Tribunal consists of highly experienced public and private sector planning professionals and we are very proud to have these technical advisors as responsible municipal planning remains the core of our approach to development,” said Alderman Nieuwoudt.

Over the past five years, the implementation of the MPBL and establishment of the MPT has allowed the City to consider all planning applications within a locally suited context and ultimately facilitates a more responsive development regulation in Cape Town,” she concluded.

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.

Those who have not yet registered or activated this service can find out more information here.