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City of Cape Town launches online portal to help building professionals avoid delayed applications

Professionals working in the building industry can now subscribe to a new resource launched by the City of Cape Town to help provide clarity and guidance on the requirements for submitting building plans to the City.

The City’s Development Management Department who is responsible for regulating development in Cape Town created the online portal Build It Right, which will include the latest trends and regular newsletters - free of charge.

‘We have done an analysis of the building plans that were submitted to the City in recent months to determine what type of information should be available on the resource portal. By taking a closer look, we have identified that some submissions were delayed either because vital information had been omitted, or because the application did not comply with the requirements of the National Building Regulations and Standards Act," says Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment.

The Development Management Department will also use the portal from time to time to ask professionals for feedback by responding to questions or surveys. This will ensure that the content is responsive and relevant. Those who are interested to subscribe to the portal and newsletter can send an email to

‘I’m encouraging professionals to subscribe and to please use this portal that has been created to assist the industry with building plan submissions. We will be adding new content every month and will also be sending out regular newsletters to subscribers,’ said Alderman Nieuwoudt.


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