Municipal by-laws are public regulatory laws, which apply in the Joburg area. Bylaws cover various local government issues such as public roads, parking grounds, public open spaces, street trading, public health, cemeteries and crematoria, emergency services, culture and recreation services, and encroachment on property.
The by-laws are divided into separate sections by theme. They are available to open in Adobe Acrobat format.
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Outdoor advertising bylaws
The City Manager of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality hereby in terms of section 13(a) of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 32 of 2000, read with section 162(2) of the Constitution, 1996, publishes the Outdoor Advertising Bylaws for the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality as approved by its Council which will come into operation on the date of promulgation of this notice.
1. The protection of wild animals and birds
Published under notice 1335 in the Provincial Gazette Extraordinary dated 10 April 2006:
2. Dogs and cats
Published under notice 1334 in the Provincial Gazette Extraordinary dated 10 April 2006:
Cemeteries and Crematoria
Disposal of bodies; coffins and graves; funerals; re-opening of graves and exhumations; care of graves; memorials and inscriptions; cremations and memorial work in crematoria; indigent persons, prohibited acts.
Credit Control and Debt Collection
Culture and Recreation
Library services including membership, loans and hours; hire and use of community arts and culture facilities; community centres; camping and caravan parks including permits and conditions; sports facilities; offences and penalties.
It is hereby notified in terms of Section 101 of the Local Government Ordinance, 1939, that the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council have adopted a uniform set of Electricity By-laws for the entire Metropolitan area served by Metropolitan Electricity. Areas serviced by Eskom are not subject to these By-laws but to that organisation's rules and provision of electricity supply.
Fire prevention; burning of refuse; fire protection including building construction, sprinkler systems, emergency exits; fire-fighting equipment, evacuation plans, water supply; control of fireworks; use, handling and storage of flammable substances; transport, supply and delivery of dangerous goods; spray painting; fire brigade services; handling of animals; offences and penalties.
Encroachment on Property
Council permission and rules; columns; balconies and bay windows; plinths, pilasters, corbels and cornices; verandas around corners; pavement openings; maintenance, removal and tenancy of projections; paving of footways; offences and penalties.
Metered Taxi, Minibus, Midibus and Bus
Shortest route and other driver obligations; operation of taximeter; bus stops; parking; engagement of passengers; payment of fares; filth, disease and disinfection; driver's right of refusal; lost property; dangerous articles; cleanliness; queue marshals; offences and penalties.
Fees; ticket-controlled grounds: fees and conditions; parking meter grounds: conditions, prohibitions; pay and display grounds: parking, prohibitions; defective vehicles; cleaning and repair of vehicles; tampering and obstructions; defacing of tickets; abandoned vehicles; refusal of admission; offences and penalties)
Principles, hazards and nuisances; hazardous uses of premises; sanitary services including sewage system and toilets; private sewage works; water supply, boreholes and wells; "offensive trades" and storage of waste; hairdressing, beauty and cosmetology services; second-hand goods; accommodation establishments; dry-cleaning and laundry businesses; swimming pools and spa-baths; nursing homes; child-care services; keeping of animals; pet shops and parlours; offences and penalties
Public Open Spaces
Principles, management, fees and access; prohibited activities including rules for walking dogs; erection of structures and special events; applications for authorisation; co-operative management agreements; tree preservation; offences and penalties)
Public Roads and Miscellaneous
Damage to trees; barbed wire and electrical fencing; cleaning and repairing on public roads; excavations; defacing or painting public roads; races and sports events; loitering on roads or places of entertainment; public decency; trolleys; stormwater and watercourses; obstructions; planting; permission to hoard; control of traffic; games on public roads; throwing stones; animals on public roads; offences and penalties)
Prohibited and restricted conduct; cleanliness; restricted and prohibited areas; removal and impoundment; vicarious responsibility; offences and penalties)
Information system; municipal service: provision and usage; commercial services including industrial, garden, building and hazardous waste; transportation and disposal; license applications, terms and conditions; prohibition of littering and dumping; powers of authorised officials; offences and penalties)
Applications, fees, accounts and arrears; council obligations; unauthorised use and interference; supply services including installation work, measurement, restrictions, testing; special provision for fire services; sanitation services; sewage; industrial effluent; drainage installation and maintenance; powers of designated officer; exemptions; offences)