The Town Council has approved a grace period from 1 July 2015 to 31 December 2015 to afford businesses the opportunity to comply with the Municipality’s By-Law on Outdoor Advertising and Advertising Signs in respect of the approval of advertising signs.
The amended By-Law on Outdoor Advertising and Advertising Signs was published in Provincial Gazette No 7195. A grace period was given until 30 June 2014 to give businesses the opportunity to ensure that all advertising boards displayed on buildings and properties comply with the By-Law.
In terms of Art 5 of the By-Law, no business signs, except for signs described in Art 20 (3) and Art 20 (15) may be displayed without the prior written approval of the Municipality.
A tariff of four times the normal application fee was included in the 2014/2015 tariff list for failure to comply with the By-Law after the expiry of the grace period in respect of advertising signs that were put up without the written approval of the Municipality.
Inspections have shown that several businesses have failed to obtain written approval by the Municipality during the original grace period. They therefore had to pay the quadruple application fee in respect of every advertising board on the property concerned.
Following representations that were made to the Municipality in this regard, it was decided to allow a further grace period from 1 July 2015 to 31 December 2015 in respect of certain tariffs to apply for written approval of their signs so that they can comply with the By-Law. During the grace period they will not have to pay the quadruple application fee.
Council made a further concession in terms of which applicants will during the new grace period from 1 July to 31 December 2015 just have to pay a single application fee for all advertising signs, per business per site, instead of for each advertising sign. Information on the types of signs to which this is applicable can be obtained from the Municipality’s Building Control, Municipal Properties and Outdoor Advertising Department.
The mentioned tariff and number of advertising boards per site per business will be enforced strictly after the grace period has expired, and the normal application fee per advertising sign as included in the Municipality’s 2015/2106 tariff list will apply. The quadruple application fee will also be levied in respect of all signs that were erected without the prior written approval.
Council also gave approval for the refunding of application fees that were levied in addition to the normal fee in respect of applications that were received in the period 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015. A portion of the application fees will be refunded to businesses or persons who have been penalised by way of the quadruple tariff as well as the application fee that was levied per advertising sign per business per site.
Ms F Brand can be contacted by telephone at (044) 606-5078 or per e-mail at email@example.com at the Building Control, Municipal Properties and Outdoor Advertising Department, Montagu Place, Montagu Street, for applications or for more information on the matter.
The By-Law on Outdoor Advertising and Advertising Signs is available on the Municipality’s website www.mosselbay.gov.za.Last published 09 June 2016