Refresh your knowledge on basic Durban by-laws

It’s been a few years since the enforcement of the new by-laws. Details of the by-laws first emerged in late 2015.

So to refresh your memory, small actions like hanging items on walls, balconies and verandas can get you a fine according to the eThekwini Municipality: Nuisances and Behaviour in Public Places By-law: 

Some laws involve the public and what you can’t do: 

  • Spitting
  • Perform any sexual act
  • Appear in the nude or expose his or her genitalia
  • Consume any liquor or be in a state of intoxication
  • Use any drugs or be under the influence of drugs
  • Solicit or importune any person for the purpose of prostitution, human trafficking or other illegal business
  • Engage in gambling or wagering

Vegetation

No person may allow any tree or other growth on any premises under his or her control to interfere with any
  • public service infrastructure
  • Communal services infrastructure such as, but not limited to, overhead wires, storm water drainage or sewerage system
  • Become a source of annoyance, danger, inconvenience or discomfort to persons using a public road.

Hanging of items on fences, walls, balconies or verandas

No person may dry, spread or hang washing, bedding, carpets, rags, or any other item in a public place or: 
  • Over a fence or wall which borders the verge of a public road
  • On premises in such a manner that it is visible from a public road
  • On a balcony or veranda in such a manner that it is visible from a public road.
Visit eThekwini Municipality: Nuisances and Behaviour in Public Places By-law website to refresh your by-law knowledge. 
Our country is not the only one with bylaws. Watch this video to find the weirdest bylaws in the world. 

https://youtu.be/L9k2EaOyM7s

  AUTHOR
Lauren Beukes
Journalist

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