Note: As from 1 July 2006, all tariffs are taxable. ... TARIFF RULES

As from 1 July 2006, all tariffs are taxable. The tariffs listed in the Land Use Management 2012/13
tariffs table therefore include 14% VAT. Kindly consult the relevant 2012/13 LUM Tariff table for the
correct updated (VAT included) amount.
Period applicable
Fees are effective from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013.
The tariffs replace all previous tariffs charged by the Land Use Management Branch of the Planning
& Building Development Management Department of Council.
Method of payment
Fees can only be paid in cash or by cheque at any cash office. Internet payment is not yet available
as an option for the payment of land use management fees.
Cheques must be made payable to the City of Cape Town.
No post-dated cheques will be
accepted. No cash may be handled at any District Planning office.
Time of payment
All fees are due at the time of submission of an application, except where the need for additional
applications, impact statements / assessments or advertising only becomes apparent at a later
stage, at which time such fees are then payable.
In such a case, the applicant must be notified in
writing of the further payment required and processing of the application may only resume once such
payment is made. This must be clearly stipulated in the notification.
Applications are only processed upon payment of all prescribed fees.
Proof of payment
A receipt must be issued to the applicant for all fees received. A copy of the receipt must be filed on
the relevant application file.
All fees payable are set tariffs and not deposits.
In the case of withdrawal or closure of applications, and subject to the approval of the Director :
Planning & Building Development Management, refunds are payable on request by the owner or
applicant as follows:
Before advertising takes place – the full advertising fee and 50% of the total of all the other
application and complexity fees.
After advertising has taken place – no refund.
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Where an exemption or reduction of fees is granted in terms of the provisions of paragraph 2.16, the
refund is payable as per the decision.
In the case of errors or incorrect charging and subsequent correction thereof by the department, and
subject to the approval of the Director : Planning & Building Development Management, all fees paid
in relation to such an error or correction are refundable.
Subject to change
All fees and tariff rules are subject to change.
Fees payable are those applicable at the time of submission of an application.
All fees are payable per item applied for (eg each consent, departure, rezoning, etc, as well as
departures from street and other building lines, coverage, height, etc, charged separately) in the
case of multiple applications, subject to the provisions in paragraph 2.3.
Amendment of conditions
of approval are charged per condition amended and site development plans are charged per plan (or
set of plans) submitted or amended.
Areas rezoned to Subdivisional area, multiple zones or split zones are calculated separately for each
area rezoned to residential, industrial, business / commercial or any other zone.
Regulation departures (including departure / consent / waiving as a result of a title deed
The fee must be charged for each departure separately, i.e. if a building departs from the street and
lateral building lines and coverage, as well as from height, then the applicable fee must be charged
for each of the abovementioned four departures, except for single residential properties occupied by
a single dwelling house, or double (2) dwellings, or a main dwelling and a second dwelling, or a
property used exclusively for the aforegoing purposes regardless of its zoning.
In the case of
residential properties (larger than 200m ) occupied by a single dwelling house, or double (2)
dwellings, or a main dwelling and a second dwelling, or a property used exclusively for the
aforegoing purposes regardless of its zoning, an application for departures from building lines,
coverage, building height, boundary wall height and for a second dwelling unit would require only a
single fee for the building line, coverage and boundary wall height (first fee) and a single fee for the
departure from building height and a second dwelling unit (second fee), if applicable. In the case of
residential erven 200m or less, as well as subsidised housing schemes, no departure fee at all
would be required in either of the above two examples.
These Regulation departure fees and
related tariff rules equally apply in cases where a zoning scheme permits structures in or the
encroachment of building lines with Council’s and/or an affected neighbour’s consent or approval.
Consents, temporary departures, rezonings, etc for properties occupied by single and double
dwelling buildings are charged separately and in addition to any (regulation) departures applied for.
Where a departure from a development rule is required as a result of a restrictive title condition, the
same method to calculate the fee for a regulation departure will apply.
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Only the regulation
departure fee (single fee payable) will be levied in cases where a departure is required in terms of
both the scheme regulations and the title deed restriction.
The number of erven include the remainder (“parent erf”), i.e. if an erf is subdivided into two portions
(the remainder and the new erf), this is counted as two erven. In addition, any intermediate portions
that are created and which may later be consolidated again, are also counted.
Public roads and
public open spaces are excluded from the calculation.
Removal of restrictions
This fee includes applications for amendment, suspension, relaxation or removal of restrictive title
deed conditions.
Where Council’s consent is required in terms of a restriction, or where the
competent authority permits a shortened procedure by means of a so-called “soft title restriction
relaxation / waiver”, a specific fee is charged for this.
Site development plan / Sketch plan / Package of plans
If a Site development plan or Sketch plan is made up of a set of more than one plan or drawing, the
applicable fee is charged for a single Site development plan or Sketch plan only.
A Site
development plan or Sketch plan fee is not payable if a Site development plan or Sketch plan is
approved at the same time that it is imposed as a condition of approval.
These rules also apply to
other components of a package of plans.
In the case of rezoning to Subdivisional area, any area of land rezoned to Subdivisional area which
retains the same zone after the Subdivisional area comes into effect, is excluded in the calculation of
the rezoning fee, ie no fee charged in respect if rezoning for such area(s).
All applications submitted by or on behalf of Council are exempt from all the application, advertising
and other fees in the attached table.
This exemption only applies to applications made by or on
behalf of Council or where Council is the developer. All other government institutions must pay the
normal fees.
No application or advertising fee is payable by an applicant where re-application or re-advertising is
required due to error or failure on account of the department or its staff.
Applications for the establishment of state, provincial and/or Council (directly) subsidised housing
schemes are exempt from all the application, advertising and other fees in the attached table. This
includes fees payable in respect of subsequent subdivision clearance.
Application fees are,
however applicable in subsidised housing areas after the initial establishment of the area is
completed; subject to the conditions in the establishment of any such townships, as well as for GAP
housing projects.
All applications required to address / give effect to successful resettlement claims in terms of the
Restitution of Land Rights Act, as well as in cases where land has been allocated to a successful
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claimant, such claimant is allowed to submit only one application, for residential development only
(but including subdivision, removal of restrictions, departures etc, related to such residential
development), which application(s) are exempt from all the application, advertising and other fees in
the attached table.
If a successful land claimant submits a mixed use development application
(which includes non-residential development) on land so obtained, such non-residential
development is charged the normal fees as specified for such application, including advertising and
serving of notice fees, as if the non-residential part of the application is a separate application from
the residential part of the development. In cases where a successful land claimant submits a purely
non-residential development application (which does not include any residential development) on
land so obtained, such non-residential development application is subject to all the fees applicable to
any other similar development or land which wasn’t acquired by way of the Restitution of Land
Rights Act.
All applications for places of instruction (or similar use as per the applicable zoning scheme) for the
purposes of Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres only, are exempt from all application fees
including the fee for serving notices, but excluding the fee in cases where an application is
advertised in the press.
The Director : Planning & Building Development Management may grant or refuse applications for
exemption of some or all the applicable fees for a particular application which are necessitated due
to changes made to developments at the request of the Environmental Resource Management
department of the City in the interest of environmental or heritage conservation.
The fees in the attached table, if not specifically exempted, also apply to applications in the former
Black Communities Development Act (BCDA) areas where Council is the commenting or approving
An additional complexity fee is charged on top of the basic application fee when a Heritage Impact
Assessment (HIA), Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Traffic Impact Statement / Assessment
(TIA/S) and/or Major Hazard Installation Assessment (MHI) are required, since such applications are
more complex and involve more work.
The complexity fees are charged to cover additional
expenses due to the processing of complex applications, resulting from the fact that such
applications normally are more complicated to process and due to the fact that it requires input from
specialised staff which would not normally be involved in the assessment of applications which
doesn’t require such impact statements / assessments. The EIA and HIA fees are charged up front
like all other fees if the application requires assessment in terms of the NEMA and/or NHRA.
regulations promulgated in terms of Chapter 5 of the NEMA distinguish between listed activities
subject to “Basic Assessments” and listed activities subject to “Scoping and Environmental Impact
The NEMA therefore separates listed activities into two groups and stipulates
different assessments for each group based on difference in scale, predictability and risk impacts.
The complexity of assessing applications involving the listed activities within these two groups will
therefore differ and this approach is therefore also reflected in the Complexity fees structure.
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If an
EIA and/or HIA fee has been paid when the LUPO application was submitted and it turns out in the
end that it did not lead to a full EIA / HIA, the EIA / HIA fee is not refundable.
The difference between a Transport or Traffic Impact Statement (TIS) and a Transport or Traffic
Impact Assessment (TIA) is that the TIS complexity fee is payable where the proposed development
will result in 50 to 150 peak hour vehicle trips being generated (calculated in terms of the
Department of Transport : SA Trip Generation Rates), while the TIA complexity fee is payable where
the proposed development will result in more than 150 peak hour vehicle trips being generated
(calculated in terms of the Department of Transport : SA Trip Generation Rates) – consult with your
in-house traffic specialist in this regard.
Multiple impact statements / assessments
When both a HIA and EIA is required and the HIA and EIA is combined into a single investigation /
report, only one additional complexity fee (the higher of the applicable fees) is payable.
The impact statement / assessment fees described above are charged per application.
If an
applicant for instance submits an application which includes a subdivision, rezoning and departure,
the relevant high impact fees will be charged only once, not three times.
In all cases except for 3.3 and 3.4 above, the complexity fees for a HIA, EIA and TIS / TIA are
charged separately.
Advertising framework
The need for and extent of advertising or public consultation is prescribed in terms of the City’s
Notification Policy for land use and development applications, the Land Use Planning Ordinance,
Removal of Restrictions Act and Promotion of Administrative Justice Act (in some instances), as well
as in terms of some zoning schemes. Advertising fees are thus charged accordingly.
Advertising in the press and advertising which consists of the serving of notices to interested and
affected parties are charged independently (with different fees being applicable).
No ‘serving of
notice’ fee is applicable when notifying the applicant of the outcome of an application or notifying any
objectors of any of the rights of appeal or lodgement of subsequent appeal.
Advertising in the press
The fee for advertising in the press is applicable whenever press advertising is required in a
community or metropolitan newspaper and/or Provincial Gazette.
Multiple applications in respect of the same subject property when advertised collectively in the
press attract a single advertising fee.
If such multiple application includes the advertising of a
Removal of restrictions application, then the higher advertising fee for Removal of restrictions is
Serving of notices
The fee for serving of notices is payable when Council conducts the serving of notices. This fee is
not applicable when the applicant conducts the advertising.
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The fee applicable for different amounts of notices requiring to be served by Council is based on the
following sliding scale (see tariff table for amounts):
1-2 notices
3-5 notices
6-10 notices
11-25 notices
26-50 notices
An additional amount will be charged for each 50 notices (or part thereof) after the first 50 notices.
The ‘serving of notices’ fee is also applicable when notices are delivered by Council to interested
and affected parties.
Printing fees
Printing fees are charged per page according to size, and whether colour or monochrome, unless
otherwise specified. Copies are only made in the sizes that are available at a particular office.
Information products
The Customised product compilation fee is charged per hour or part thereof, where the product
takes more than half an hour to produce.
Both the fee for standard off-the-shelf and customised information products include the relevant
delivery media, eg CD or DVD. There is therefore no extra charge for such media.
Where information is specifically requested in terms of the Access to Information Act, the requester
is invoiced directly by the Legal Services department (where the application is also lodged) in
accordance with the relevant tariffs specified in the regulations to the Act.
Search fees
Search fees are charged per hour or part thereof when the requested information takes more than
30 minutes to find or produce.
30 June 2012
These tariff rules must be read in conjunction with the “LAND USE MANAGEMENT TARIFF STRUCTURE FOR 2012/2013”.
Enquiries: Gideon Brand, Tel 021 400 7579.
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