Small contractors can resume with R875m of building work once lockdown eases

by | May 22, 2020 | Featured Slider, Latest, News

The City has assessed and approved building plans to the value of R2,3 billion since the start of the national lockdown. The bulk of these plans comprise of less than 500m² each, and will enable the smaller contractors and builders to start construction immediately, once regulations for this sector have been eased.

The City’s Development Management Department has been open for business since the start of the national lockdown on 27 March 2020.

‘Although not an essential service, this department has been working flat out behind the scenes to ensure that the construction industry can resume work without any further delay, once the regulations have been eased. The construction industry employs hundreds of thousands of workers, and we want to see the smaller contractors and builders in particular, returning to building sites as soon as the situation allows for it,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt.

So called ‘smaller’ building plans comprise of less than 500m² each, and the works are usually undertaken by small enterprises. Thus far, the City has approved 1 753 of these smaller building plans during the lockdown.

‘The small business owners are at the very heart of our local economy and provide job opportunities to many artisans and blue collar workers. They need all the support they can get, and this is why the City has continued with receiving and assessing building plan applications, and land use and development applications during the lockdown,’ said Alderman Nieuwoudt.

Since the start of the lockdown on 27 March to 14 May 2020, the City has:

  • Approved 1 374 building plans comprising of less than 500m² each. The value of the imminent building work amounts to over R850 million
  • • Approved 379 minor work applications to the value of R25 million
  • • Approved 63 building plans comprising of more than 500m² each. The value of the imminent building work amounts to R1,2 billion

‘Thus, all-in-all, we have approved building plans to the value of R2,3 billion. All of this work can start immediately, once the National Government allows private construction companies to return to work. Cape Town’s economy needs this injection, and our residents will benefit immensely from the jobs that will flow from this,’ said Alderman Nieuwoudt.

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.
 
The online portal has been available to residents and industry since 2015:

  • Submissions can be made 24/7
  • Submissions can be made from anywhere in the world, be it from your study or another country
  • Applicants can monitor and track the progress/status of their applications at any time from any place
  • It enables instant electronic communication between the City and the applicant during the assessment process

 
Those who have not yet registered for, or activated this service, can do so now. Click here to find out: How to Register for e-Services and submit an application using the Development Application Management System (DAMS)
 
Applications, especially building plans, are likely to be processed quickly if they comply with the City’s Development Management Scheme. The more complex and intricate the application, the longer it takes to process.
 
Developers who are ready to discuss their applications can contact the department and request an online meeting.
 

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City of Cape Town, Media Office

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