Municipal Premises and Facilities By-law, 2015
Commences on 17 September 2015 unless otherwise noted
1. DefinitionsIn this By-law, unless the context indicates otherwise ─ "art" means any creative act or object of human skill, craft or design in respect of which a municipal premises or facility may be made available for hire and use; "artist" means any person who is involved in the performance or creation of an art, and "artistic" has a corresponding meaning; "authorised official" means a person authorised to implement the provisions of this By-law, including but not limited to – (a) peace officers as contemplated in section 334 of the Criminal Procedure Act,1977 (Act No. 51 of 1977); (b) municipal or metropolitan police officers as contemplated in the South African Police Service Act, 1995 (Act No. 68 of 1995); and (c) such employees, agents, delegated nominees, representatives and service providers of the Municipality as are specifically authorised by the Municipality in this regard: Provided that for the purposes of search and seizure, where such person is not a peace officer, such person must be accompanied by a peace officer; "camping officer" means a person who is designated by the Municipality to be in charge of a camping park; "camping park" or "caravan park" means any area of land which has been set aside by the Municipality for use as a camping park or caravan park, or as both; "camping site" means a site set aside and designated by a camping officer in a camping park for camping purposes; "caravan" means a vehicle or similar movable or towable structure on wheels which is designed to permit human occupation for dwelling or sleeping purposes, and includes a mobile home, trailer or camper van; "caravan site" means a site set aside and designated by a camping officer in a caravan park for the parking of a caravan, with or without a side tent; "community centre" means anycommunity premises owned or operated by the Municipality which is used or is capable of being used by members of the community for activities of an indoor sporting, cultural or recreational nature, and “centre” shall have a corresponding meaning; "Constitution" means the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996; "facility" means any facility or structure owned by the Municipality which is or may be available for hire and use by members of the community in terms of this By-law, excluding a shopping centre; "hire" means entering into a contract with the Municipality upon payment of a prescribed fee for the use of a municipal premises or facility, and "hirer" has a corresponding meaning; "Municipal Council" or "Council" means the eThekwini Municipal Council, a municipal council referred to in section 157(1) of the Constitution; "Municipality" means the eThekwini Municipality, a category A municipality as envisaged in terms of section 155(1) of the Constitution of South Africa and established in terms of PN343 of 2000 (KZN); "municipal manager" means a person appointed in terms of section 54A of the Systems Act as the head of administration of the municipal council; "municipal premises"means any community premises owned, vested or controlled by the Municipality which is or may be available for hire and use by members of the community or freely accessible in terms of this By-law for the purpose of conducting artistic, cultural, political, recreational or religious events and excludes shopping complexes, and “premises” shall have a corresponding meaning; "Policy" means the tariff policy adopted by the Council in term of section 74 of the Systems Act; "pool" means a municipal owned or controlled swimming pool or paddling pool provided by the Municipality for the use and enjoyment of the public and includes the premises, buildings and structures on which the pool is situated in; "prescribed fee"means a fee determined by the Council by resolution in accordance with the tariff policy adopted by the Council in terms of section 74 of the Systems Act; and "Systems Act" means the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act No. 32 of 2000).
2. Interpretation of By-lawIf there is a conflict of interpretation between the English version of this By-law and a translated version, the English version prevails.
3. Objects of By-lawThe objects of this By-law are to ─ (a) regulate and control the hiring and use of municipal premises and facilities; (b) standardise the fees prescribed for the hiring of municipal premises and facilities; and (c) provide for matters incidental thereto.
4. Application of By-lawThis By-law applies to all premises under the ownership and control of the Municipality, irrespective of the area in which they are situated, excluding – (a) the Albert Luthuli Complex; (b) the Ushaka Marine World; (c) the Moses Mabhida Stadium; and (d) any shopping complex which, although owned by the Municipality, is subject to private control and management.
Hire and Use of Premises and Facilities
Part 1 - Arts and Culture and Community Centre Facilities
5. Application for hiring of premisesAny person wishing to apply for the hiring of municipal premises must ─ (a) submit an application to the authorised official on the form prescribed by the Municipality for that purpose; and (b) make payment to the Municipality or its authorised agent of a prescribed fee for the hiring of the premises concerned before the date on which such premises are required for use by the applicant, unless otherwise permitted by the Municipality.
6. Municipality's right of refusal or cancellation
7. Use of premises
8. Payment of the prescribed feeA person who has hired premises is not entitled to the use of such premises,or to gain access thereto for preparation purposes,unless and until the prescribed fee for the hire thereof has been paid in full: Provided that the Municipality may exempt any person or organisation, on good cause shown, from payment of the whole or a portion of the prescribed fee.
9. Period of hireNotwithstanding any determination made by the Municipality regarding the dates and period for which the premises may be hired, the Municipality may allow the hirer reasonable access to the premises concerned prior to the commencement date of the period of hire in order to enable the hirer to make the necessary preparations and arrangements for the use thereof: Provided that the prescribed fee for the hire of the premises concerned must be paid in full before the hirer thereof may be allowed reasonable access thereto in terms of this section.
10. Terms and conditions of hireA person who makes an application for the hire of premises in terms of section 5must, subsequent to the approval of such application by the Municipality, sign a hire agreement obtainable from the municipal department responsible for the premises in question setting out the terms and conditions of such hire.
11. Public display of terms and conditions of hire
12. Sub-lettingA hirer must not sub-let the hired premises or any part thereof to any other person, normay the hirer cede, pledge or renounce in favour of another person any of his or her rights or obligations under thisBy-law, nor allow any other person to occupy the premiseswithoutthe prior written approval of the Municipality.
13. Condition of premises
14. Public announcement and advertising
16. Sale of refreshments
17. Municipal services
18. Operation and maintenance
19. Cancellation due to damage or destruction of premises
20. Cancellation due to breach
21. Responsibility of the hirer upon termination of the hire period
22. Inspection of premises upon termination of the hire period
24. Municipality's right of access
25. Fire and security regulationsA hirer must acquaint himself or herself with the Municipality’s Fire By-laws and any other applicable legislation which are from time to timein force in respect of the premises concerned, and must act in strict compliance therewith for the duration of the hire period.
26. Community centres
Part 2 - Camping and caravan parks
28. Terms and conditions
29. Application for a camping or caravan permit
30. Allocation and use of sites
31. Extension of permitsThe period of validity of a permit may be extended at the discretion of a camping officer if the site concerned has not already been allocated to another person for the period in respect of which the extension is required.
32. Proper use of roads and pathwaysA permit holder and any member of his or her party must travel to and from a camping site using the established roads and pathways within the camping or caravan park.
33. Reservation of sites
34. Right of refusal to issue or renew permitsA camping officer may refuse to issue or renew a permit to any person whom the camping officer reasonably suspects of having contravened any provision of this By-law.
35. Cancellation of permitsSubject to due process in terms of the Constitution and any other applicable law, the camping officer may cancel the permit of a permit holder if such permit holder or any member of his or her party commits a breach of any provision of this By-law.
36. ProhibitionsA person may not ─ (a) camp or light a fire for the purpose of camping upon any open space or ground owned by or under the control of the Municipality except on a camping site allocated by the camping officer in terms of this By-law; (b) occupy a camping site for a period longer than 30 days in any consecutive period of 12 months, unless prior approval of the camping master is obtained in writing for a further period not exceeding 10 days; (c) enter or loiter in or about any camping or caravan park unless such person is a permit holder or a member of a permit holder's party or a bona fide guest of a permit holder; (d) carry on any trade or business within the precinct of a camping or caravan park without the prior written approval of the Municipality; (e) wilfully or negligently damage any vegetation, item, equipment, structure or property belonging to the Municipality on a camping or caravan park; (f) bring any firearm within the camping or caravan park, except for a licensed firearm brought for the personal protection of a permit holder and his or her party, and which must be declared and registered with the camping officer immediately upon arrival at the camping or caravan park; or (g) shoot, trap or in any way injure or interfere with any animal, bird or fish in the camping or caravan park, except for fishing in a river or dam where a notice permitting fishing is displayed, and only if the person concerned holds a valid fishing licence issued in terms of any applicable law.
37. Site to be left in a clean and tidy conditionA permit holder vacating a camping or caravan site must ─ (a) leave the site in a clean and tidy condition and ensure that all rubbish remaining thereon is deposited in a rubbish bin provided for that purpose; and (b) fill in any hole made in the ground by him or her or by any member of his or her party.
Part 3 - Sport facilities and pools
38. Terms and conditions
39. Reservation of sport facilities
40. AnimalsNo person may bring any animal other than a guide dog into a sport facility or pool without the prior written approval of the authorised official, unless ─ (a) the bringing of an animal is authorised by a notice displayed in a conspicuous place at the entrance to a sport facility or pool; or (b) the sport facility or pool is designed or has been hired out for an activity that necessarily involves the presence of animals.
41. Firearms and traditional weaponsFirearms or traditional weapons may not be brought into a sport facility unless, subject to the availability of safes or other appropriate storage facilities at the entrance to the facility, they are surrendered to the authorised official for safe keeping and must be collected from that official upon departure from the sport facility.
42. Pools operating times
43. Admission into the pool premises
44. Exclusive use
45. Change room facility
46. Coaching and instruction
47. Prohibitions relating to pools
48. IndemnityThe hirer indemnifies andholds harmless the Municipality against and from any claims for damages orotherwise and costs, including costs as between attorney and client, thatmay be made against it by reason of any harm or loss suffered by any person during or associated with the use of the premises hired or the activities taking place in the hired premises during the period of the hire.
49. Municipality not liable for loss or damage
50. Offences and penalties
53. Repeal of laws and savings
54. Short title and commencementThis By-law is called the Municipal Premises and Facilities By-law, 2015,and takes effect on the date of publication thereof in the Provincial Gazette.
ScheduleLaws Repealed (Section 53)
|Number and year of law||Title||Extent of repeal|
|Provincial Notice No. 426 of 1987 published in Provincial Gazette No. 4068 dated 22 October 1987||Borough of Amanzimtoti By-laws in relation to Permits in Respect of Council Owned Land||The whole|
|Provincial Notice No. 125 of 1986 published in Provincial Gazette No. 4518 dated 6 March 1986||Borough of Kingsburgh Hall By-laws||The Whole|
|Provincial Notice No. 210 of 1987 published in Provincial Gazette No. 4591 dated 2 July 1987||Borough of Amanzimtoti By-laws relating to the Hire and Use of the Town Hall and/or Other Municipal Rooms||The Whole|
|Provincial Notice No. 584 of 1950 published in Provincial Gazette No. 2320 dated 23 November 1950||Township of Isipingo By-laws and Tariff Relating to the Hire of the Memorial Hall||The Whole|
|Provincial Notice No. 602 of 1978 published in Provincial Gazette No. 4081 dated 30 November 1978||Umbongintwini Health Committee Regulations Relating to the Hire and Use of Jubilee Hall||The Whole|
|Provincial Notice No. 26 of 1914 published in Provincial Gazette No. 215 dated 12 February 1914||City of Durban Miscellaneous By-laws||Sections 136, 136 bis, 137,137 bis, 137 ter, 137 quat, 137 quin, 137 sept, 137 sext, 137 oct, 137 nov, 137 dec, 137 undec.|
|Provincial Notice No. 73 of 1988 published in Provincial Gazette No. 4629 dated 10 March 1988||Cato Ridge Health Committee Regulations Relating to the Hire of the Group Activities Room||The Whole|
|Provincial Notice No. 151 of 1978 published in Provincial Gazette No. 4037 dated 16 March 1978||Township of Hillcrest By-laws relating to the Hire of the Civic Hall||The Whole|
|Provincial Notice No. 173 of 1959 published in Provincial Gazette No. 2910 dated 16 April 1959||Borough of Kloof By-laws relating to the Hire and Use of the Kloof Town Hall and Group Activities Room||The Whole|
|Provincial Notice No. 383 of 1977 published in Provincial Gazette No. 3997 dated 28 July 1977||Borough of New Germany By-laws relating to the Hire and Use of Properties owned by the Council of New Germany||The Whole|
|Provincial Notice No. 448 of 1981 published in Provincial Gazette No. 4256 dated 27 August 1981||Borough of New Germany By-laws relating to the Hire of the Library Group Activities Room||The Whole|
|Provincial Notice No. 225 of 1981 published in Provincial Gazette No. 4239 dated 29 May 1981||Borough of Verulam By-laws relating to the Hire and Use of the Mountview Community Hall and the Verulam Public Hall||The Whole|
|Provincial Notice No. 238 of 1970 published in Provincial Gazette No. 3561 dated 28 May 1970||Borough of Westville By-laws relating to the Hire and Use of the Town Hall, the Indian Community Hall, Westville North Library and Community Centre and/or other Municipal Rooms||The Whole|
|Provincial Notice No. 462 of 1973 published in Provincial Gazette No. 3756 dated 30 August 1973||Yellowwood Health Committee Regulations relating to the Hire of the Civic Centre||The whole|
|Provincial notice no. 85 of 1989 published in Provincial Gazette No. 4683 dated 16 March 1989||EThekwini Municipality Pool By-law||The whole|