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Planning By-law<span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​About the planning by-law​​​​​​​</h2></span> <p>The Municipal Planning By-law gives effect to the municipal planning function allocated to municipalities in terms of Part B of Schedule 4 of the Constitution. It also gives effect to certain requirements set in the <a href="https://www.gov.za/documents/spatial-planning-and-land-use-management-act" target="_blank">Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act (SPLUMA)<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> and the Western Cape Land Use Planning Act (LUPA) – both of which came into operation on 1 July 2015.</p><h4>Council-approved Municipal Planning By-law and amendments:</h4><p>Read or download the <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Bylaws%20and%20policies/City%20of%20Cape%20Town%20Municipal%20Planning%20By-law%202015.pdf" target="_blank">Municipal Planning By-law 2015</a>.<br>Read or download the <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Bylaws%20and%20policies/Municipal%20Planning%20Amendment%20By-law%202016.pdf" target="_blank">Municipal Planning Amendment By-law 2016</a>.<br>Read or download the <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Bylaws%20and%20policies/Municipal%20Planning%20Second%20Amendment%20By-law%202016.pdf" target="_blank">Municipal Planning Second Amendment By-law 2016</a>.<br>Read or download the <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Bylaws%20and%20policies/Municipal%20Planning%20Amendment%20By-law%202017.pdf" target="_blank">Municipal Planning Amendment By-law 2017</a>.</p><h4>City of Cape Town Municipal Planning Amendment By-law, 2019</h4><p>The City of Cape Town Municipal Planning Amendment By-law, 2019 was approved by Council on 31 October 2019 and came into effect on 3 February 2020.</p><p>Read or download the Municipal Planning Amendment By-law 2019 (<a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Bylaws%20and%20policies/Municipal_Planning_Amendment_Bylaw_2019_English.pdf" target="_blank">English</a> | <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Bylaws%20and%20policies/Municipal_Planning_Amendment_Bylaw_2019_Afrikaans.pdf" target="_blank">Afrikaans</a> | <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Bylaws%20and%20policies/Municipal_Planning_Amendment_Bylaw_2019_Xhosa.pdf" target="_blank">isiXhosa</a>)</p><h4>2020 Consolidated Municipal Planning By-law document</h4><p>Read or download the <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Bylaws%20and%20policies/Municipal_Planning_Amendment_Bylaw_2019_Consolidated.pdf" target="_blank">2020 Consolidated Municipal Planning By-law document containing all amendments</a>.</p><p>You may also want to read or download the <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Procedures%2c%20guidelines%20and%20regulations/MPBL_2019_Amendment_Guide.pdf" target="_blank">guideline document</a>.</p><h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Prescriptions and determinations​​​​​​​</h2><p> The following prescriptions and determinations have been made by the City Manager in terms of the City of Cape Town Municipal Planning By-Law:</p><ul><li> <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Procedures%2c%20guidelines%20and%20regulations/Prescriptions%20and%20determinations.pdf" target="_blank">Implementation of the Municipal Planning By-law 2015: Determinations and setting of time periods / prescriptions</a></li><li> <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Procedures%2c%20guidelines%20and%20regulations/Pre-application%20consultation%20requirements.pdf" target="_blank">Updated Pre- application Requirements (15 June 2018)​: Determination ​of applications that will require a pre-application consultation</a></li><li> <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Procedures%2c%20guidelines%20and%20regulations/Pre-application_consultation_requirements_September2021.pdf" target="_blank">Updated Pre- application Requirements (6 September 2021): Determination ​of applications that will require a pre-application consultation</a></li></ul><div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Please note</h4><p>Applications submitted prior to 1 July 2015 will still be processed in terms of the Land Use Planning Ordinance (Ordinance 15 of 1985) (LUPO) under which they were submitted. </p></div></div><h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​Development Management Scheme (DMS)​​​​​​​</h2><p> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Work%20and%20business/Planning-portal/Regulations-and-legislations/The-city-of-cape-towns-development-management-scheme">The City of Cape Town's Developme​nt Management Scheme (DMS)</a> is a schedule to the <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Bylaws%20and%20policies/Consolidated_MPBL.pdf" target="_blank">Municipal Pla​nning By-Law​</a> and specifies the City’s zoning regulations. It is titled, Schedule 3 and begins at page 76. </p><h4>The following overlays form part of the DMS:</h4><p> <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Forms%2c%20notices%2c%20tariffs%20and%20lists/City%20of%20Cape%20Town%20Overlay%20Zones%20Designation%20Notice%20%282%29.pdf" target="_blank">City of Cape Town Overlay Zones Desi​gnation Notice</a><br><a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Maps%20and%20statistics/Designated%20overlays%20%28English%29.pdf" target="_blank">Designated Overlays (English)</a><br><a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Maps%20and%20statistics/Designated%20overlays%20%28Afrikaans%29.pdf" target="_blank">Designated Overlays (Afrikaans)</a><br><a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Forms%2c%20notices%2c%20tariffs%20and%20lists/HPOZ_1_info_doc.pdf" target="_blank">Exemption From Herit​age Protection of Overlay Zones​</a><br><a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Forms%2c%20notices%2c%20tariffs%20and%20lists/Designation_of_Bo-Kaap_to_have_a_HPOZ.pdf" target="_blank">Designation of Bo-kaap to have a Heritage Protection Overlay Zoning</a></p><h4> Municipal Planning Tribunal</h4><p>The Municipal Planning Tribunal decides all designated categories of land use and development applications in Cape Town. It consists of 25 members, 9 of which are not City officials. External members are appointed for five years. See all members of our <a href="https://www.westerncape.gov.za/text/2015/June/provincial-gazette-extraordinary-7413-29-june-2015.pdf" target="_blank">Municipal Planning Tribunal<i class="icon link-external"></i></a>.</p>GP0|#2013c5ff-a90f-4259-ae83-da8b9a7cb4eb;L0|#02013c5ff-a90f-4259-ae83-da8b9a7cb4eb|Planning by-law;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GPP|#0bc23a93-205f-4046-b65f-182004fcf867;GPP|#78a56262-5d4a-460c-a3f2-af7bc1b69a54;GPP|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24As of 2015, all land use and planning applications are made in terms of The City of Cape Town Municipal Planning By-law.0

 

 

2015 Circular 3: Operational Guideline 1: Assessing MSDF Consistency and Deviating from its Provisions in Site-specific Circumstances Notice2578639GP0|#c3444de2-1204-414d-a436-593b4be81c13;L0|#0c3444de2-1204-414d-a436-593b4be81c13|Notice;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#3a03f9b9-d2e9-49b1-92e1-37b654747f82;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e2015-06-29T22:00:00Z
Heritage Protection Overlay Zoning in Bo-Kaap Designation Notice356331GP0|#c3444de2-1204-414d-a436-593b4be81c13;L0|#0c3444de2-1204-414d-a436-593b4be81c13|Notice;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#3a03f9b9-d2e9-49b1-92e1-37b654747f82;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e2019-04-11T22:00:00Z
Illegal Stormwater Connections Notice - Hout Bay115733GP0|#c3444de2-1204-414d-a436-593b4be81c13;L0|#0c3444de2-1204-414d-a436-593b4be81c13|Notice;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#3a03f9b9-d2e9-49b1-92e1-37b654747f82;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e2020-12-13T22:00:00Z
Implementation of the Municipal Planning By-law 2015: Prescriptions and Determinations Guideline327775GP0|#63522a5c-a6fd-40ae-a313-2b363ab1ec33;L0|#063522a5c-a6fd-40ae-a313-2b363ab1ec33|Guideline;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#d8892104-ce90-493e-b813-93c488f4b1d3;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e2018-06-14T22:00:00Z
Municipal Planning Amendment By-law 20161329393GP0|#ef51c989-391a-435e-96a1-0535f4eab240;L0|#0ef51c989-391a-435e-96a1-0535f4eab240|By-law amendment;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#2d2209ac-5bcc-4d2a-9da9-05fb21c94ea1;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e2016-06-30T22:00:00Z
Municipal Planning Amendment By-law 2019 Guideline1281137GP0|#63522a5c-a6fd-40ae-a313-2b363ab1ec33;L0|#063522a5c-a6fd-40ae-a313-2b363ab1ec33|Guideline;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#d8892104-ce90-493e-b813-93c488f4b1d3;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e2019-12-12T22:00:00Z
Municipal Planning By-law 20154183516GP0|#d103d4c5-1de8-474e-9fc7-0f42143d9284;L0|#0d103d4c5-1de8-474e-9fc7-0f42143d9284|By-law;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#2d2209ac-5bcc-4d2a-9da9-05fb21c94ea1;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e2015-02-28T22:00:00Z
Municipal Planning By-law 2015: Including Amendments1822503GP0|#d103d4c5-1de8-474e-9fc7-0f42143d9284;L0|#0d103d4c5-1de8-474e-9fc7-0f42143d9284|By-law;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#2d2209ac-5bcc-4d2a-9da9-05fb21c94ea1;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e;GP0|#ef51c989-391a-435e-96a1-0535f4eab240;L0|#0ef51c989-391a-435e-96a1-0535f4eab240|By-law amendment2017-05-29T22:00:00Z
Municipal Planning Designated Overlays Map (Afrikaans)13687070GP0|#816346e9-401b-4120-ab33-f8b010e35cd1;L0|#0816346e9-401b-4120-ab33-f8b010e35cd1|Map;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#2ee73080-1b32-4320-889d-034e60d31b3a;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e2012-10-31T22:00:00Z
Municipal Planning Designated Overlays Map (English)13737054GP0|#816346e9-401b-4120-ab33-f8b010e35cd1;L0|#0816346e9-401b-4120-ab33-f8b010e35cd1|Map;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#2ee73080-1b32-4320-889d-034e60d31b3a;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e2012-10-31T22:00:00Z
Municipal Planning Second Amendment By-law 2016839152GP0|#ef51c989-391a-435e-96a1-0535f4eab240;L0|#0ef51c989-391a-435e-96a1-0535f4eab240|By-law amendment;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#2d2209ac-5bcc-4d2a-9da9-05fb21c94ea1;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e2016-10-25T22:00:00Z
Overlay Zones Designation Notice318006GP0|#c3444de2-1204-414d-a436-593b4be81c13;L0|#0c3444de2-1204-414d-a436-593b4be81c13|Notice;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#3a03f9b9-d2e9-49b1-92e1-37b654747f82;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e2015-06-21T22:00:00Z
Pre-application Consultation Requirements Guideline: 15 June 2018233183GP0|#63522a5c-a6fd-40ae-a313-2b363ab1ec33;L0|#063522a5c-a6fd-40ae-a313-2b363ab1ec33|Guideline;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#d8892104-ce90-493e-b813-93c488f4b1d3;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e;GP0|#e814022c-2e45-4465-887b-b6cd814e158b;L0|#0e814022c-2e45-4465-887b-b6cd814e158b|Regulation2018-06-14T22:00:00Z
Pre-application Consultation Requirements Guideline: 6 September 2021241411GP0|#63522a5c-a6fd-40ae-a313-2b363ab1ec33;L0|#063522a5c-a6fd-40ae-a313-2b363ab1ec33|Guideline;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#d8892104-ce90-493e-b813-93c488f4b1d3;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e;GP0|#e814022c-2e45-4465-887b-b6cd814e158b;L0|#0e814022c-2e45-4465-887b-b6cd814e158b|Regulation2021-09-05T22:00:00Z
The New Heritage Protection Overlay Zone Information Notice374013GP0|#c3444de2-1204-414d-a436-593b4be81c13;L0|#0c3444de2-1204-414d-a436-593b4be81c13|Notice;GTSet|#f1e8889f-f7d7-4d5b-a3f5-af0ca2e076ea;GPP|#3a03f9b9-d2e9-49b1-92e1-37b654747f82;GPP|#0972c695-fd19-46c4-ab5d-9601f17b780e2016-09-30T22:00:00Z

 

 

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