What is it?
Open By-laws makes the By-laws in municipalities available in an easy-to-access and searchable format by extracting By-law text from PDF documents.
- Large cities have more than 25 By-laws
- Published By-laws date from 1993 onward
- Embedded definitions for jargon and technical words
- Download as ePUB, PDF or HTML
Why is it Important?
By-laws are the laws that govern a municipality, and deal with anything from noise disturbances and neighbourhood activities to how much you are charged for water and how many pets you can own. By-laws are often difficult to find, and are contained within big PDF documents, making them inaccessible to many people. It is unfair to ask people within a municipality to agree to be governed by a certain set of rules if they cannot access and understand those rules in the first place. Open By-laws aims to change this by creating a single place where By-laws are more accessible and readable.
How can it be accessed and used?
There are three different ways to review By-laws on this resource:
- If you know what you are looking for, you can use the search function in the top right hand corner of any page of the Open By-laws website.
- You can select your municipality from the website home page and browse a list of By-Laws
- You can get help with a specific issue by selecting a category from the home page and following the prompts.
Other useful information includes municipal tariffs, as well as service delivery and municipal planning content. Once you have found what you are looking for, you can search within the online text, and can download them in ePUB, PDF or HTML format to read later.
City of Cape Town: Water By-law, 2010
City of Johannesburg: Informal Trading By-laws, 2009
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