uMhlathuze Municipality: Bed & Breakfast and Accommodation Establishments Bylaw

The Bylaw applies to all “accommodation establishments” (as defined on page 4) located within the boundaries of the uMhlathuze Municipality and it will take effect six months from the date of the publication (7th December 2023) or on such earlier date as may yet be determined and published.

The initial section of the Bylaw covers requirements such as zoning and land-use consent; certificates of occupancy in terms of the National Building Regulations; compliance with fire safety requirements as set out in the SANS 10400 part T; parking/traffic requirements and outdoor advertising.

Sections 4.7 to 4.9 provide for licencing and registration requirements such as Business Licences; Certificates of Acceptability, Environmental Health Bylaws; registration with the local Community Tourism Organisation; registration with the Provincial Department of Economic Development and the Certificate of Operation issued by the Tourism section of the Municipality.

Establishments owners are advised to ensure they comply with the various licencing and registration requirements as set out in the Bylaw.

The “certificate of operation” appears to be a new requirement as it was not provided for in the old “Bylaws for Bed and Breakfast and Guest House Facilities” which will be repealed once this bylaw comes into force.

Section 4.10 deals with the display of the various certificates and registrations and sections 5 and 6 deal with compliance; powers of entry; offences; compliance notices; contravention charges; penalties; appeals and the repeal of the Bylaws for Bed and Breakfast and Guest House Facilities.

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