The heritage rebate offered by the City of Johannesburg aims at supporting conservation, and gives an incentive for new heritage sites to be proclaimed.
Introduced in 2008, this heritage rebate is intended as a mechanism for retaining heritage resources through a subsidy carried by the broader community.
The costs of maintaining a heritage property can be significant - especially if repairs are to be sensitive to the historic character.
In addition, heritage properties are subject to restrictions on development which do not apply to other properties. It is, therefore, appropriate that responsible owners of heritage sites are supported in maintaining part of the nation’s heritage.
Owners of declared heritage sites are eligible to apply for a 20% rebate on rates.
Properties in officially proclaimed heritage areas also qualify to apply for this benefit.