What is a Consent Use Application?

A consent use application is a formal request submitted to the municipality to obtain specific development rights within the existing zoning classification of a property, as outlined in the applicable Tshwane Town Planning Scheme.

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Benefits of Consent Use Applications

  1. Optimal land use: Consent use applications allow for the optimal utilization of land and existing infrastructure, making better use of available resources.
  2. Improved amenities: Developments resulting from successful consent use applications can elevate the social amenity and attractiveness of your area. Attract residents and potential investors, enhancing the appeal and vibrancy of Pretoria.
  3. Land use efficiency: Consent use applications promote efficient land development, utilizing existing resources and infrastructure effectively.
  4. Supporting sustainable neighborhoods: By catering to the needs of the community and encouraging entrepreneurship, consent use applications contribute to the creation of sustainable, flexible, and resilient neighborhoods.
  5. Rectifying spatial imbalances: Overcome spatial imbalances and promote job creation, economic inclusion, and social equity within Tshwane and Johannesburg Municipalities. Our Consent Use Applications drive balanced growth and development.

Process of Obtaining Consent Use in South Africa

  1. Documentation: Gather all required documentation, including the property deed, proposed plans, compliance evidence with zoning regulations, and any other relevant information specified by the municipality.
  2. Application submission: Submit your consent use application to the town planning department of Joburg and Tshwane Municipalities for thorough review and assessment.
  3. Review process: The town planning department will assess the proposed use of the property, ensuring compliance with zoning regulations and other applicable laws. If compliant, the application will be approved, granting consent for the intended use.
  4. Rejection or revision: If the proposed use does not comply, the municipality may reject the application. The applicant can revise their plans to meet the requirements or appeal the decision through the appropriate channels.
  5. Public participation: In some cases, the consent use application may involve a public participation process, allowing the community to provide feedback on the proposed use and its potential impact.
  6. Conditions and compliance: Once approved, the applicant must adhere to any conditions set by the municipality, such as property maintenance and usage restrictions.

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Consent use application process steps

Applying for a consent use application is a complex process that allows for a land use or development activity that would not generally be permitted under the current zoning of a property.  The process requires careful consideration and management of several stages to ensure compliance with local and regional regulations. This guide details the steps involved in the consent use application process for land use development.

Step 1: Document sourcing

  • Copy of title deed
  • Power of Attorney
  • Copy of Zoning Certificate
  • Company Certificate (Properties under company)
  • ID Copy (Properties under People/person)

Step 2: Pre application consultations

  • Confirm if municipality will support proposed development check availability of infrastructure: water, electricity, sewer and more Servitude that might be registered against property
  • Verification and analysis of all the potential title condition.
  • Verification of the property and extents Any additional studies the municipality might require

Step 3: Preparation of application

  • Site visit assessment
  • Engagement with Municipality
  • Motivation memorandum, Land use map, Site Development Plan
  • Development controls, Annexure map, Application forms, Other attachments

Step 4: Submission of the application

  • Printing of application (5 copies), Application submitted to the Municipality
  • Application scanned onto Municipality online system
  • The Municipality circulates application for comments Application submitted external departments

Step 5: Public participation

  • Notices are compiled by our offices Notices (local language and English)
  • Provincial gazette Notices (local language and English)
  • Site and should be maintained for a period of at least fourteen (14) consecutive days Notice by registered post to neighbors
  • Submitted in person with register Photographs are taken of the notice boards on site
  • An affidavit is completed as confirmation that the notice boards were erected and maintained on site Proof of advertisements are sent to the Municipality

Step 6: Following up on application

  • Follow up on comments and status of application on a regular basis Corresponding with various departments
  • Meetings with other involved professionals (engineers, environmental, surveyors) Follow ups with external departments

Step 7: Engaging interested and affected parties

  • Arrange meetings with neighbors and departments Resolve objections and attend to negative comments Tribunal Hearings

Step 8: Finalization of application

  • Client fulfill all pre approval conditions City Planning Department prepares the necessary approval documents Once approved
  • The application will be promulgated on the provincial gazette Client adheres to all post-approval conditions stipulated
  • Municipality in the official approval letter Submission of final Site Development Plan

Consent use application on Residential 1 Zoning

The process of acquiring consent use or permission from the municipality opens a plethora of options for residential property owners. This flexibility allows homeowners to convert their properties into various spaces such as Backpackers, Boarding or Commune facilities, and even specialized facilities like Day care for the Aged, without having to undergo the often tedious and costly rezoning process. These permissions extend to many other categories, creating room for a diverse range of services that can be accommodated within residential areas, ranging from Guest-houses to Institutions, or even a Parking Site.

Interestingly, this scope of use isn’t just limited to commercial or community-based services. Educational and religious institutions can also be created within the property, by establishing a Place of Instruction or a Place of Public Worship, respectively. Even athletic facilities, like Sports and Recreation Clubs, or Sports and Recreation Grounds can be established. For the more socially inclined, a Social Hall could be a perfect fit. Looking after the needs of the older and animal-friendly residents, this consent can also cater to Retirement Centers, Veterinary Clinics, or Veterinary Hospitals. For those wishing to provide a lasting monument to loved ones, even a Wall of Remembrance can be created. Thus, through the simple act of obtaining consent use from a municipality, homeowners can expand their properties’ functions and services, enriching their local communities in the process.

  1. Backpackers
  2. Boarding
  3. Commune
  4. Day care for the aged
  5. Guest house
  6. Institution
  7. Parking Site
  8. Place of Child Care
  9. Place of Instruction
  10. Place of Public Worship
  11. Sports and Recreation Club
  12. Sports and Recreation
  13. Ground
  14. Retirement Center
  15. Social Hall
  16. Veterinary Clinic
  17. Veterinary Hospital
  18. Wall of Remembrance