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RepealedThis By-law was repealed on 12 June 2016 by Property Rates.
This is the version of this By-law as it was when it was repealed.
Property Rates By-law, 2014
- Published in Western Cape Provincial Gazette no. 7285 on 11 July 2014
- Commenced on 11 July 2014
- [Up to date as at 7 May 2021]
- [Repealed by Property Rates on 12 June 2016]
1. DefinitionsIn this by-law, the English text prevails in the event of any conflict with the Afrikaans text, and, unless the context otherwise indicates—"agent" in relation to the owner of a property, means a person appointed by the owner of the property—(a)to receive rental or other payments in respect of the property on behalf of the owner; or(b)to make payments in respect of the property on behalf of the owner;"agricultural purpose" in relation to the use of a property, excludes the use of a property for the purpose of ecotourism or for the trading in or hunting of game;"annually" means once every financial year;"category"—(a)means a category of property determined in terms of section 8(2) of the Act;(b)in relation to owners of property, means a category of owners determined in terms of section 15(2) of the Act;"conservation area" means—(a)a protected area listed in terms of section 10 of the Protected Areas Act, No 57 of 2003;(b)a nature reserve established in terms of the Nature and Environmental Conservation Ordinance, No 19 of 1974; or(c)any land which is zoned as open space zone II or III in terms of the municipality’s zoning scheme regulations, provided that such protected areas, nature reserves or land, with the exception of tourism facilities that may have been erected thereon, are exclusively utilised for the preservation of fauna and flora and the products of such land are not being traded for commercial gain;"council" means the municipal council of Swartland municipality;"exclusion" in relation to a municipality’s rating power, means a restriction of that power as provided for in sections 16 and 17 of the Act;"exemption" in relation to the payment of a rate, means an exemption granted in terms of section 15(1) of the Act;"financial year" means the period starting from 1 July in a year to 30 June of the next year;"geographical areas" means any geographical area as determined by the municipality for the purpose of differential rates;"local community" means—(a)that body of persons comprising—(i)the residents of the municipality;(ii)the ratepayers of the municipality;(iii)any civic organisations and non-governmental, private sector or labour organisations or bodies which are involved in local affairs within the municipality; and(iv)visitors and other people residing outside the municipality who, because of their presence in the municipality, make use of services or facilities provided by the municipality; and(b)includes the poor and other disadvantaged sections of such body of persons;"market value" means the value of the property determined in accordance with section 46 of the Act;"multiple purposes" means the use of a property for more than one purpose as contemplated by section 9 of the Act;"municipal property" is property registered or which vests in the name of Swartland municipality;"municipality" means the Municipality of Swartland established in terms of section 12 of the Local Government: Municipal Structures Act, 1998, (Act No 117 of 1998);"municipal manager" means a person appointed in terms of section 54A of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000, (Act No 32. of 2000);"occupier" means a person in actual occupation or control of a property whether or not that person has a right to occupy the property;"owner"—(a)in relation to property referred to in paragraph(a)of the definition of "property", means a person in whose name ownership of the property is registered;(b)in relation to a right referred to in paragraph (b) of the definition of "property", means a person in whose name the right is registered;(c)in relation to a land tenure right referred to in paragraph (c) of the definition of "property", means a person in whose name the right is registered or to whom it was granted in terms of legislation; or(d)in relation to public service infrastructure referred to in paragraph(d)of the definition of "property", means the organ of state which owns or controls that public service infrastructure as envisaged by the definition in the Act of the term "publicly controlled"; provided that a person mentioned below shall for the purposes of this by-law be regarded by the municipality as the owner of a property in the following cases—(i)a trustee, in the case of a property in a trust excluding state trust land;(ii)an executor or administrator in a deceased estate;(iii)a trustee or liquidator in an insolvent estate or in liquidation;(iv)a judicial manager in the estate of a person under judicial management;(v)a curator in the estate of a person under curatorship;(vi)a usufructuary or other person in whose name a usufruct or other personal servitude is registered that is subject to a usufruct or other personal servitude;(vii)a buyer, in the case of a property that was sold and of which possession was given to the buyer pending registration of ownership in the name of the buyer;"permitted use" means the limited purposes for which the property may be used in terms of—(a)any restrictions imposed by—(i)a condition of title;(ii)provision of a town planning or land use scheme; or(iii)any legislation applicable to any specific property or properties; or(b)any alleviation of any such restrictions;"policy" means the municipality’s Property Rates Policy reflected in the Schedule to this by-law which policy refers;"property" means—(a)immovable property registered in the name of a person, including, in the case of a sectional title scheme, a sectional title unit registered in the name of a person;(b)a right registered against immovable property in the name of a person, excluding a mortgage bond registered against the property;(c)a land tenure right registered in the name of a person or granted to a person in terms of legislation; or(d)public service infrastructure;"rate" means a municipal rate on property envisaged in section 229 (1) (a) of the Constitution and "rates" has a corresponding meaning;"rateable property" means property on which a municipality may, in terms of section 2 of the Act levy a rate, excluding property fully excluded from the levying of rates in terms of section 17 of the Act;"rebate" means a discount on the amount of the rate payable on the property;"reduction" means the lowering of the amount for which the property was valued and the rating of the property at that lower amount;"residential property" means property included in a valuation roll in terms of section 48(2) of the Act as residential;"small holding" means an area predominantly zoned rural or any other equivalent zoning, with the purpose to accommodate smaller rural properties that may be used for agricultural and residential purposes for people seeking a rural lifestyle;"the Act" means the Municipal Property Rates Act 6 of 2004;"this by-law" includes the Property Rates Policy as reflected in the
2. Power to levy property ratesThe municipality levies property rates in terms of—(a)section 229(1)(a) of the Constitution;(b)the Act; and(c)this by-law.
3. Adoption and implementation of policyThe municipality must adopt and implement a rates policy in accordance with the Act for the levying of rates on rateable property in its area.
4. General principles
5. Differential rating
6. Notification of rates
7. Recovery of rates in arrears from tenants or occupiersSubject to the provisions of section 28 of the Act, the municipality may recover rates which are unpaid after the due date by the owner of a property, in whole or in part from the tenant or occupier of such property.
8. Recovery of rates in arrears from agentsSubject to the provisions of section 29 of the Act, the municipality may recover the amount due for rates in whole or in part from the agent of the owner.
9. Correction of errors and omissions
10. Enforcement mechanismsIf an owner of a property fails to pay rates in the prescribed manner, the Director: Financial Services must recover from such owner the rates due in accordance with the provisions of the municipality’s Credit Control and Debt Collection By-law.
11. AppealA person whose rights are affected by a delegated decision of the municipality may appeal against that decision by giving written notice of the appeal and the reasons therefor in terms of section 62 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000 to the municipal manager within 21 days of the date of the notification of the decision.
12. Offences and penaltiesA person who—(a)makes a false application or declaration which will affect the rates payable on any property whether on his or her own behalf or that of someone else;(b)refuses or fails to report any amendments to an application or declaration, referred to in paragraph (a), to the municipality after such occurrence; or(c)interferes or hinders an official of the municipality in the execution of his or her duties in terms of this by-law,commits an offence and upon conviction shall be liable to payment of a fine or imprisonment or to such imprisonment or to both such fine and such imprisonment.
13. Repeal of by-lawsThe Rates By-law promulgated on 7 April 2006 is hereby repealed.
14. Short title and commencementThis By-law shall be known as the Swartland Municipality Property Rates By-law and shall become effective on 1st July 2014.
- Entire By-law
- 1. Definitions
- 2. Power to levy property rates
- 3. Adoption and implementation of policy
- 4. General principles
- 5. Differential rating
- 6. Notification of rates
- 7. Recovery of rates in arrears from tenants or occupiers
- 8. Recovery of rates in arrears from agents
- 9. Correction of errors and omissions
- 10. Enforcement mechanisms
- 11. Appeal
- 12. Offences and penalties
- 13. Repeal of by-laws
- 14. Short title and commencement