The City of Cape Town is in the process of updating the Streets, Public Places and the Prevention of Noise Nuisances By-law. The by-law relates to the management of streets and public places, noise nuisances and other incidental matters on all properties within Cape Town.
The By-law was promulgated in 2007 and there have been considerable developments since that time, including but not limited to, the expansion of the Peace Officer powers for Law Enforcement Officers in 2018, the implementation of stringent Standard Operating Procedures subsequent to challenges that the City and its citizens are confronted with as well as strategically aligning by-laws generally in accordance with guidelines ensuring efficacy in implementation.
Within the context of the abovementioned, the amendment deals with adding and streamlining procedural aspects that will underpin necessary action for
•The effective resolution of complaints and situations detracting from the ordinary person’s rights to reasonable peace, enjoyment of public open spaces and facilities and
•Ensuring that risk to the City, individuals and land owners are mitigated in that necessary and ongoing processes/actions are supported by legislation.
This amendment will deal with procedural capacitation and powers as opposed to substantive provisions.
In terms of section 17 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000, the public and interested parties or groups are given the opportunity to submit comments, recommendations or input of the draft by-law update to the municipality by 17 May 2020.
Comments, input or recommendations may be submitted by:
•Written submission: Leon Wentzel, Law Enforcement Department, Omniforum Building, 94 Van Riebeeck Street, Kuilsriver 7580
The City’s Public Participation Unit will assist people who cannot read or write, people living with disabilities and people from disadvantaged groups who are unable to submit written comments, to have their comments or input recorded and submitted to the City. Contact Anathi Dywili on 021 400 9825 or
The draft Streets, Public Places and the Prevention of Noise Nuisances By-law is available for viewing at
Contact Leon Wentzel on 021 444 0231 or for further information of the draft by-law.