CIfA Newsflash 105/2023 | CoCT Plan and Build It Right Newsletter 13 October 2023


Dear CIfA, SAACPP and UDISA Members,

Business Partner information validation

The information captured on your business partner record is important to us, as it is the primary record for communicating with applicants and property owners. Over the last few months you have been encouraged to ensure that this information is correct. The system is now ready to validate this information when you submit an application and, if there is no information or missing information and you have not updated this yet, you will not be able to proceed with your application.

Update this information by contacting 0860 103 089, or email
Payment on Invoice ONLY

DAMS makes is possible for an applicant to generate a quotation on the services selected during their application process. This quotation is for information purposes only.

Payment can only be made against a pro forma invoice.
Why is this important?
A pro forma invoice includes a payment reference number, which is critical for allocating the money against the correct service.

Payments made to the City with no payment reference numbers will result in unnecessary delays.

Land Use Management:

Additional requirements for land use applications

Important notice for applications that are referred back to an applicant for outstanding requirements: Applicants are now able to submit and upload additional requirements on a land use application.

New technical advisories available on the CCT website

DMS Interpretation and clarification 1 of 2023 – Interpretation of item 45 (shops) of the Development Management Scheme

This technical advisory clarifies the query related to whether shops on properties zone GR2 – GR6 (General Residential zonings), which are not integrated with and/or are not located on the ground floor of a block of flats, require an application for rezoning, or if it is possible to apply for a permanent departure from item 45:

*General Residential zonings are designed to provide a healthy, safe and pleasant environment for urban living at higher densities. It promotes urban development, manages the pressure of urban growth and reduces urban sprawl. Different zonings and sub-zonings allow for different levels of development intensity, particularly in relation to height and floor space. Within these zonings there are controlled opportunities for home employment and low intensity mixed-use development.

DMS Interpretation and clarification 2 of 2023 – Dealing with voids in buildings/atriums

This technical advisory clarifies the concept of a void and how it is dealt with when checking a building plan for compliance against the Development Management Scheme. It includes criteria such as ceiling voids, service ducts, open spaces beneath buildings and undefined spaces beneath buildings that must be considered before an exemption for floor space may be considered.

Building Development Management:
Non-Residential Building Plan Applications on DAMS

Important notice for non-residential building plan applications: Applicants are now able to edit and continue a draft application for non-residential building plan applications.

*Non-Residential building plan applications = Industrial buildings, office space, commercial buildings, shopping spaces and showrooms

Our Development Management Information Hubs remain available from 08:00 until 16:00, Monday to Friday to respond to queries and any challenges experienced.
Blaauwberg District: / 021 444 0561
Cape Flats District: / 021 684 4369
Helderberg District: / 021 444 4620
Khayelitsha/Mitchells Plain District: / 021 360 1101
Northern District: / 021 444 1057
Southern District: / 021 444 7721
Table Bay District: / 021 400 6444
Tygerberg District: / 021 444 7843

City of Cape Town Development Management Department