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Legislation

The following legislation is available for download:

LAND USE PLANNING ORDINANCE (ORDINANCE 15 OF 1985) (LUPO)

One of the most important pieces of legislation for land use management in Cape Town, the Land Use Planning Ordinance (15 of 1985) (LUPO) applies to the entire Western Cape and includes sections on structure plans (forward spatial planning), zoning schemes (i.e. the regulation of development), the way in which applications may be made for new development rights, appeal rights etc.

BLACK COMMUNITIES DEVELOPMENT ACT (ACT 4 OF 1984) (BCDA)

Although repealed years ago, land use and zoning schemes are still managed in terms of the regulations promulgated under the Black Communities Development Act (Act 4 of 1984) (BCDA) in certain areas of the city where it applies.

LAND USE MANAGEMENT BILL (MARCH 07)

Although still being developed, the Land Use Management Bill (March 07) is intended to eventually partly replace currently existing fragmented planning legislation in the country.

PLANNING PROFESSIONS ACT (ACT 36 of 2002)

The Planning Professions Act (Act 36 of 2002) provides for the registration of planners and identifies their various areas of work. It also aims to protect the public from unethical planning practices, maintain a high standard of professional conduct, and establish disciplinary mechanisms and an appeal board.

EXISTING ZONING SCHEMES

A zoning scheme is a legal document that records all land use rights on properties in its area of jurisdiction. It also includes regulations pertaining to restrictions on such rights and how they can be exercised.

Currently, there are a number of separate individual local zoning schemes in force throughout the city, with each one applying to a specific area. To establish which zoning scheme applies to your area, click here to see a map of zoning scheme boundaries.

If you know which zoning scheme applies to your area, click on the relevant link below:

In order to search the current zoning of an existing property, click here.

UNIFIED CAPE TOWN ZONING SCHEME (CTZS) AND CONVERTED ZONING MAP

The final draft of the CTZS and details of the converted zoning map is available here.

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