Permits to Modify Historical Buildings
To comply with the National Heritage Resources Act, anyone who wishes to modify historical structures must apply to Heritage Western Cape (HWC) for permission. A historical structure is defined as a building older than 60 years.
Heritage Western Cape issues a permit, based on the merits of the application and an environmental impact assessment. This permit takes into account the development planning and zoning regulations of a local authority's Land Use Ordinance. By ensuring that heritage matters are included in impact assessments for proposed developments, developers are able to identify heritage resources. Thus developers will be able to proceed without uncertainty about whether work will be stopped if a heritage resource is discovered.
The permit system addresses a range of heritage resources:
Apply for a permit with Heritage Western Cape:
The Chief Executive Officer
Permit applications must be made on the official form: Application to destroy, damage, deface, excavate, alter, remove from its original position, subdivide or change the planning status of a national heritage site, provincial heritage site, provisionally protected place or structure older than 60 years.
|Government Body:||(Department of Cultural Affairs & Sport, Western Cape Government)|
- Application Form for Permit to Alter or Destroy a Provincial Heritage Site or Building over 60 Years Old (Forms) (File type: pdf; size: 174.37 KB)