CITY OF CAPE TOWN THIRD DWELLING ALLOWANCE

DID YOU KNOW?

If you own a property within the City of Cape Town municipality and should your property be zoned SINGLE RESIDENTIAL SR1, you are now allowed three dwellings on your property? Previously you would have been limited to two dwellings and also only under certain conditions.

However, the following limitations apply to the third dwelling (in order to avoid having to obtain the City’s Consent):

(a) The total floor space of a third dwelling may not exceed the total floor space of the main dwelling. The floor space of ancillary buildings is excluded from this provision;

(b) The City may require that a third dwelling be constructed in a style that is similar to the architecture of the main dwelling house;

(c) A third dwelling that is a separate structure to a main or second dwelling shall not exceed a height of 6 m measured from existing ground level to the wall plate and 8 m to the top of the roof;

(d) A third dwelling contained within the same building as a main dwelling or second dwelling must be designed so that the building appears as a single dwelling house; all units may have a ground floor, or one unit may be on the ground floor and the other units above;

(e) The existence of a third dwelling shall not in itself be sufficient reason for the City to grant an application in terms of this By-Law to subdivide the land unit containing the dwelling units;

(f) The construction of a third dwelling is subject to the certification by all relevant municipal service department Directors, or their delegates, that capacity is available on the services network in the specific area.

And in ALL instances, a third dwelling (as with every other constructed structure on the property) must have approved building plans issued by the City together with an Occupation Certificate.

Should you wish to discuss the uses of your property, the possibility of subdivision or any other related issue, contact our Cape Town office.

THE COLLOSEUM, FOYER 3, 1ST FLOOR, CENTURY WAY, CENTURY CITY, CAPE TOWN.

021 526 4300

charlene@bkr-inc.co.za

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