HOW FAR FROM A BOUNDARY WALL CAN I BUILD?
We always get a number of questions asking “How close to the boundary am I (or my neighbour) allowed to build?”
If you live in Cape Town, the building lines are set out by the Zoning Scheme and are indicated in the following table as seen below:
We must point out that this is just a guide, and that zoning regulations change often. All properties have their own characteristics and features and the boundary distances may vary. You MUST consult with your local authority even before you have plans drawn up to avoid having to re-draw and re-submit the plans again and incur extra delays and costs. There are roads, public open spaces and servitude’s that all have their own unique set of boundary requirements. If you want to build within the specified building lines you will have to apply for a waiver to the local planning department. [Departure or relaxation of the building line will have to be requested and permission letters will have to be signed by the neighbours and ward Councillor before the City will decide to relax the set building lines to your desired depth].
For the City of Cape Town Zoning Scheme, please click on link below to download: