Proposed categories of minor Planning by-law contraventions exempt from penalty applications

A person who is in contravention of the City of Cape Town Municipal Planning By-law, 2015 (MPBL) may rectify the contravention by applying to the City for the necessary approval in terms of this By-law.

Currently, before the City may consider such an application, the person who is in contravention must submit an application form and pay an administrative penalty determined in terms of section 129 of the MPBL.

The City is now proposing categories of minor contraventions for which property owners may be exempted from first applying for an administrative penalty before the land use application may be considered. This will bring relief by eliminating additional applications to be made by property owners to rectify certain minor contraventions. Section 130(5) of the MPBL authorises the City to prescribe such categories of contraventions.

In terms of section 17 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000, the public and interested parties or groups are given the opportunity to submit comments on the proposed categories of contraventions to be exempted from penalty applications from 26 April to 4 June 2021.

The proposals are available for viewing on

Comments may be submitted by

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The City’s Public Participation Unit will assist people who cannot read or write, people living with disabilities and people from disadvantaged groups who are unable to submit comments, to have their comments recorded and submitted to the City. Contact Frederick Venter at 021 400 1768 or

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