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Emergency Services By-law, 2004
- Published in Gauteng Provincial Gazette no. 179 on 21 May 2004
- Commenced on 21 May 2004
- [This is the version of this document from 31 August 2011 and includes any amendments published up to 11 May 2022.]
- [Amended by Emergency Services: Amendment (Local Authority Notice 1118 of 2011) on 31 August 2011]
PreambleThe Municipal Manager of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality hereby, in terms of section 13(a) of the Local Government Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act No. 32 of 2000), publishes the Emergency Services By-laws for the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality as approved by its Council, as set out hereunder.
Application and interpretation of by-laws
1. Application of by-laws
2. Definitions and interpretation
Fire prevention and fire protection
Part 1 – Fire prevention
3. Certain fires prohibited
4. Storage and accumulation of combustible material prohibited
5. Electrical fittings, equipment and appliancesNo person may cause or allow –(a)any electrical supply outlet to be overloaded; or(b)any electrical appliance or extension lead to be used in any manner that may pose a fire hazard to any person or property.
6. Flame-emitting devicesNo person may use or cause or allow the use of any flame-emitting device,including but not limited to any candle, lantern or torch, in any manner that may pose a fire hazard to any person or property.
7. Safety fire-breaks required
Part 2 – Fire protection
8. Design and construction of buildings
9. Design and construction of dumping sites
10. Design and construction of other structures and sites
11. Requirements for sprinkler systems
12. Requirements for extractor fan systems
13. Requirements for emergency exits
14. Design, identification and access for fire-fighting and rescue purposes
15. Barricading of vacant buildingsEvery owner or person in charge of a building or portion of a building that is vacant must, at his or her own cost and to the satisfaction of the Chief Fire Officer –(a)remove all combustible waste and refuse from the building; and(b)block, barricade or otherwise secure all windows, doors and other openings in the building in a manner that will prevent the creation of any fire hazard caused by entering of the building by any unauthorised person.
Part 3 – Fire fighting equipment and emergency evacuation plans
16. Installation and maintenance of fire-fighting equipment
17. Chief fire officer may designate premises for emergency evacuation plans
18. Duties of owner or occupier of designated premises
19. Prohibition of public gatherings in certain circumstances
20. Application for certificate of fitness
21. Requirements for certificate of fitnessThe Chief Fire Officer may not issue a certificate of fitness in respect of a building or temporary structure(a)unless the Council is in possession of an up-to-date set of building plans for the premises;(b)unless the building or temporary structure complies with the requirements of these By-laws; and(c)for a period of validity exceeding 12 months.
22. Form and content of certificate of fitnessA certificate of fitness must be in the form determined by the Council and must at least record the following information, where applicable:(a)The trade name and street address of each occupier of the building or temporary structure;(b)a description of the type of activity carried on by each occupier of the building or structure;(c)the full names and addresses of the persons who serve on the governing or similar body of each occupier;(d)the maximum permissible number of people who may be admitted to the useable floor area of the building or structure;(e)the number of emergency exits and their dimensions; and(f)the dates of issue and expiry of the certificate and its serial number.
23. Duties of holder of certificate of fitnessThe holder of a certificate of fitness must -(a)comply with the provisions of the certificate of fitness;(b)at all times –(i)display the certificate prominently on the premises; and(ii)maintain the certificate in a legible condition;(c)immediately notify the Chief Fire Officer in writing of any change to the trade name, activity or governing or similar body of any occupier of the building or structure; and(d)submit any application for renewal of the certificate of fitness at least 30 days before its expiry in the form and manner determined by the Council together with the prescribed fee.
24. Cancellation of certificate of fitness
Part 5 – Water supply for fire-fighting purposes
25. Township development water supply requirements
26. Township development fire-extinguishing stream requirementsEvery person who develops or redevelops a township must ensure that the water supply provides a fire-extinguishing stream that is immediately available to members of the Service in an emergency, of the following volume and duration:
|Fire risk category||Minimum volume of extinguishing stream (litres per minute)||Minimum duration of extinguishing stream (hours)|
|High risk||11 500||6|
|Moderate risk||5 750||4|
|Low risk||2 300||2|
27. Township development fire hydrant requirements
|Fire risk category||Minimum fire hydrant delivery volume measured at peak consumption (litres per minute)||Minimum distance between fire hydrants (metres)|