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Frequently asked questions for by laws:

1. What are by-laws?

By-laws are laws that are passed by the council of a municipality to regulate the affairs and the services the municipality provides in its area of jurisdiction. A municipality derives the power to pass a by-law from the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, which gives specified powers and competencies to local government as set out in Part B of Schedule 4 and Part B of Schedule 5. The main function of the City of Tshwane's by-laws is to ensure that Tshwane is an orderly city to live and work in.

2. What issues are regulated by by-laws in Tshwane?

A. Public order and public amenities or properties of the Municipality

These issues are regulated by the Tshwane Public Amenities By-law. The by-law regulates municipal facilities (for instance, resorts, parks and swimming pools) to ensure that they are used in a safe and orderly manner and contribute to the well-being of people and the environment.

B. Childcare services, nursery schools and crèches

  • These facilities are regulated by the Childcare Services By-law. The purpose is to ensure that childcare services in Tshwane comply with health requirements so that children can have a safe and healthy environment in which to learn and grow.
  • Childcare services must have health certificates.
  • Regulation 918 (a health regulation) ensures that premises for food preparation and the transportation of food meet health and hygiene standards. Contact Municipal Health Services one-stop centre at 012 358 4656.
  • Tshwane Town Planning Scheme For more information on the zoning of child care services, contact the Town Planning offices for your area.
    • Akasia: 1st Floor, Spectrum Building, Plein Street West, Karenpark. For enquiries, phone 012 358 9110.
    • Centurion: Room 8, Town Planning Office, cnr Basden and Rabie Streets. For enquiries, phone 012 358 3253.
    • Pretoria: Room G10, Ground Floor, Munitoria, cnr Vermeulen and Van der Walt Streets. For enquiries, phone 012 358 4689.
  • Fire Brigade Services By-law To request fire safety inspections at premises and lodge fire hazard complaints, consult the Fire Safety offices for your area, Monday to Friday, 07:30 to 16:00.
    1. Central Fire Station Tel: 012 358 6255 (reception)
    2. Rosslyn Fire Station Tel: 012 358 9964 (reception)
    3. Centurion Fire Station Tel: 012 358 3510 (reception) For information outside office hours, please phone 012 358 6200/6300.
  • Businesses Act regulations To obtain information on business licences, contact the Local Economic Development Division at the following telephone numbers: 012 358 4490, 012 358 4383, 012 358 4017 or 012 358 0759.
    1. Central Fire Station Tel: 012 358 6255 (reception)
    2. Central Fire Station Tel: 012 358 6255 (reception)
    3. Central Fire Station Tel: 012 358 6255 (reception)
  • National Offices (enquiries by fax)
    1. Pretoria: 012 358 7994/8048 or 012 358 4921/8071
    2. Centurion: 012 358 3412/3 or 012 358 3599
    3. Soshanguve: 012 358 9336 or 012 358 9250

C. Homes for the aged

  • Homes for the aged are regulated by the City of Tshwane By-law for Homes for the Aged. The purpose is to ensure that these homes comply with health requirements so that older people can live in safe and healthy circumstances.
  • Homes for the aged must have health certificates. Contact Municipal Health Services one-stop centre at 012 358 4656.
  • Regulation 918 (health regulation) This regulation ensures that premises for food preparation and the transportation of food meet health and hygiene standards.
  • Tshwane Town Planning Scheme
  • For more information on the zoning of homes for the aged, contact the Town Planning offices for your area.

    • Akasia: 1st Floor, Spectrum Building, Plein Street West, Karenpark. For enquiries, phone 012 358 9110.
    • Centurion: Room 8, Town Planning Office, cnr Basden and Rabie Streets. For enquiries, phone 012 358 3253.
    • Pretoria: Room G10, Ground Floor, Munitoria, cnr Vermeulen and Van der Walt Streets. For enquiries, phone 012 358 4689.
  • Fire Brigade Services By-law To request fire safety inspections at premises and lodge fire hazard complaints, consult the Fire Safety offices for your area, Monday to Friday, 07:30 to 16:00.
    1. Central Fire Station Tel: 012 358 6255 (reception)
    2. Rosslyn Fire Station Tel: 012 358 9964 (reception)
    3. Centurion Fire Station Tel: 012 358 3510 (reception) For information outside office hours, please phone 012 358 6200/6300.
  • Businesses Act regulations To obtain information on business licences, contact the Local Economic Development Division at the following telephone numbers: 012 358 4490, 012 358 4383, 012 358 4017 or 012 358 0759.
    1. Central Fire Station Tel: 012 358 6255 (reception)
    2. Rosslyn Fire Station Tel: 012 358 9964 (reception)
    3. Centurion Fire Station Tel: 012 358 3510 (reception) For information outside office hours, please phone 012 358 6200/6300.
  • National building regulations Building Control Regional offices (enquiries by fax):
    1. Pretoria: 012 358 7994/8048 or 012 358 4921/8071
    2. Centurion: 012 358 3412/3 or 012 358 3599
    3. Soshanguve: 012 358 9336 or 012 358 9250

D. Initiation schools

  • Initiation schools are regulated by the City of Tshwane Initiation Schools By-law. The by-law is aimed at ensuring that initiation schools in Tshwane comply with health requirements so that traditional practices can be performed in a safe and healthy manner.
  • Health certificates Contact Municipal Health Services one-stop centre at 012 358 4656.
  • Regulation 918 (health regulation) This regulation ensures that premises for food preparation and the transportation of food meet health and hygiene standards.

E. Keeping of animals, birds and poultry

  • The City of Tshwane By-law for Keeping of Animals, Birds and Poultry ensures that the health of people and animals is preserved and that animals are properly looked after. Contact Municipal Health Services one-stop centre at 012 358 4656.li>

F. Street Trading

  • The City of Tshwane Street Trading By-law regulates and manages street trading in a manner that promotes a safe and orderly city. It provides guidelines on what to do and what not to do when trading on the streets of Tshwane. It also gives guidelines on how to deal with contraventions.
  • Health certificates Contact Municipal Health Services one-stop centre at 012 358 4656.
  • Regulation 918 (health regulation) The regulation ensures that premises for food preparation and the transportation of food meet health and hygiene standards.
  • Fire Brigade Services By-law To request fire safety inspections at premises and lodge fire hazard complaints, consult the Fire Safety offices for your area, Monday to Friday, 07:30 to 16:00.
    1. Central Fire Station Tel: 012 358 6255 (reception)
    2. Rosslyn Fire Station Tel: 012 358 9964 (reception)
    3. Centurion Fire Station Tel: 012 358 3510 (reception) For information outside office hours, please phone 012 358 6200/6300.
  • Businesses Act regulations To obtain information on business licences, contact the Local Economic Development Division at the following telephone numbers: 012 358 4490, 012 358 4383, 012 358 4017 or 012 358 0759.
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