Heritage Regulations will delay permitting process

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REQUIREMENT TO UNDERTAKE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION DELAYS AMAFA/HERITAGE KZN PERMIT APPLICATION PROCESSING

 

Applications for the alteration or demolition of listed buildings will be subject to delay in terms of regulations which bring the permit-issuing process in KwaZulu-Natal into line with practice in the other provinces and at national level.

 

Permit applications will in future have to be advertised in the KwaZulu-Natal Government Gazette and a 30-day period for objections and responses will be allowed.

 

Also, interested parties such as the municipality, neighbours and heritage conservation bodies have to be notified of the application by registered post, at the expense of the applicant.

 

Until now, the Amafa/Heritage Council – the statutory body with responsibility for conservation of heritage in KwaZulu-Natal – had allowed its Application Review Committees to decide in each case whether public participation was appropriate. However, legal advice is that the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act (PAJA) requires the new procedure.

 

 

 

 

Further information: Ros Devereux - 078-1790711

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