Cape Town overhauls development plan application process

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Submitting building plans is set to become easier, faster and paperless, with the City of Cape Town's overhaul of the current development plan application process.

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Residents and development professionals will no longer have to haul heavy packs of documents to the city's planning and building development management department when submitting proposals.

City of Cape Town and the Western Cape provincial government say they want to move away from "red-tape" to a "red-carpet" when it comes to doing business in the city and the province.

They have identified red tape as one of the inhibitors of business growth. Cape Town businesses have said in the past that they battle unnecessary, complicated red tape, which stifles job creation.

 The city said yesterday that a new management process for the submission of development applications will come into effect next month, which will allow the use of a flash drive when submitting plans and for online payments.Turnaround times are expected to be reduced significantly.  

Cape Town mayoral committee member for economic, environmental and spatial planning Garreth Bloor said the new system will also allow for payments to be made through electronic fund transfers (EFT).

"From July 2014, it is expected that it will be possible to submit development applications online, from the comfort of your home or office, to the city's planning portal. Although we are already proud of our high turnaround times and efficiency, we are likely to shave off days from the current submissions and rejections time frames," Mr Bloor said.

He said that from next month customers will be able to submit land use and building plan applications in portable document format using a memory stick and will no longer have to produce multiple copies of the plans for submission.

They will be able to get their plans back on their own memory stick with the comments from officials for amendment or a copy of the approved plan.

Paper submissions will still be possible, Mr Bloor said. Currently, development applications, which include building plans of prescribed sizes, in accordance with the national building regulations, may only be physically submitted at the planning and building development management department. EFTs are not possible on the current system.

Mr Bloor said the city has held information sessions on the new system with selected stakeholders, including professional associations, and has informed its top 100 customers, developers, architects, investors, banks, planners, and homeowner and ratepayer associations of the change.

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