What does the law says?
According to the Town Planning Scheme:
Any persons intending to erect any building shall furnish the Council for its consideration.
5.1.3 No person shall commence the erection of any building until such time as the particulars have been approved by the Council
6.6 CONTRAVENTION OF THE SCHEME
6.6.1 Any person who commits, or knowingly permits, a contravention of any of the provisions of this scheme shall be deemed to have contravened the provisions of this scheme and shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to the penalties prescribed by Section 48 of the Ordinance.
- No one is allowed to build in town without an approved building plan by the local authority (the Town Council).
- No person has the right to sell any portion of land or part thereof within the town's jurisdiction.
- No one is allowed to erect any building within the town land without the local authority authorization.
- Failure to comply or to follow necessary procedures, the local authority will be compelled to institute legal actions against you and do all necessary in its power within the framework of the law.
WHAT DOES THE COUNCIL ASK FROM THE PUBLIC?
- The Town Council of Oshakati is kindly urging all the members of the public to always please contact the Council's office if they want to start setting up any infrastructure.
YOUR VIEWS COUNTS
- We strive to render a service that will meet your needs, in any case were you are not satisfied with our service; the Council has an open door policy for its residents.
ILLEGAL OCCUPATION AND ILLEGAL SELLING OF THE LAND
WHAT IS ILLEGAL OCCUPATION OF LAND?
- Occupation of any portion of land or part thereof within the town boundaries without notifying and obtain permission of the local authority concern.
WHAT IS ILLEGAL BUILDING?
- It is any building or any structure constructed on any portion of land within the boundaries of local authority without authorization from the local authority.
- Building without approved plan from the local authority.
- Building on the land that you occupied without a written approval from the local authority.
HOW THE TOWN COUNCIL GOES ABOUT THE WHOLE PROCESS OF APPROVAL
- The Town Council is working in line with the Local Authorities Act (Act 23of 1992) as amended and all available legislations governing or regulating the powers and activities of the local authority such as; the Town Planning Ordinance 18 of 1954, Township and Division of Land Ordinance No 11 of 1963, the Town planning Scheme and Town's Building Regulations.
- Any portion of land or part thereof within the town'sboundaries is in hands of local authority.
- If there is a client who want to build within the town, authorization from the local authority must be sought.
- A notice of the building plans must be submitted to the Council's office for approval prior to construction.
- This is very important because certain areas have services such as underground water pipes and by-law it's not allowed to build on top of any pipe.
- If any resident is caught building illegally warnings by paper and verbally are send to them kindly asking them to stop with construction.
- Sidelining and ignoring all the warnings from the Town Council
- Legal actions will be taken against the culprit
WHAT IS ILLEGAL SELLING OF THE LAND?
- Selling of any portion of land within the town's jurisdiction without permission from the local authority is illegal.
CONSEQUENCES ILLEGAL OCCUPATION OF LAND AND ILLEGAL BUILDING
- Increasing and expansion of informal settlements
- Lack of secure tenure
- Disturbing future town planning as well as formalization of settlements
- Many people being flooded because they resettle in water ways
- Inadequate service delivery by the local authority due to lack funds which suppose to be generated from rates and taxes.
CURBING MEASURES IN PLACE BY OSHAKATI TOWN COUNCIL
- Notices will be served to any person or agent who will be found erecting illegal structure within the town's boundary, without the approved plan or written consent by the local authority.
- Non-compliance to the notice served will result in legal action to be taken for failing to compliance to the rules and regulations governing the local authority area.
Property Taxes (assessment rates)
|1||Residential: On land value per annum||0.0221||0.0232|
|2||Residential: On improvement value per annum||0.0091||0.0096|
|3||Other: On land value per annum||0.0223||0.0234|
|4||Other: On improvement value per annum||0.0093||0.0098|