Grace Period for Advertising Approvals


Mossel Bay Municipality

 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 Sec  5 of the By-Law, no signs, except for signs described in Sec  20 (3) and Sec  20 (15) (attached) 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 tariffs for businesses 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 applicable to certain type of 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 tariff per business, per site 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. During the new grace period businesses will also only have to pay a single application fee per business, per site, and not for every sign.

Ms F Brand can be contacted by telephone at (044) 606-5078 or per e-mail at  fbrand@mosselbay.gov.za 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.

Sec. 20. Exempted Signs (for which the approval of the Municipality is not needed)

  • Should any sign not comply with the conditions relative to each sign type listed here below, an application in terms of section 5 is required.

(2)           Subject to compliance with the conditions relative to each sign provided for in sub-sections (3) to (15), and any other applicable legislation, or condition imposed by the Municipality, no application for approval is required in terms of this By-Law in respect of signs provided in sub-sections (3) to (15).

(3)           To Let/For Sale/Sold – signs

  • The owner of a property may display maximum two “For Sale” or “To Let” signs within the boundaries of the property. Both or only one of such sign may be an estate agent sign.

(b)           The “For Sale” or “To Let” sign may only be attached flat onto the boundary wall, if it is not possible to be erected within the boundaries of the property.  It must be affixed in such a manner that it is safe en neat.

(c)           A sign may consist of a single board, or two duplicate boards, when such two boards are affixed back to back.

(d)           Signs may only be displayed for the primary purpose to sell or lease property.

(e)           A sign displayed on residential property may not exceed 0.3m² in total area and 1m in height.

(f)            A sign displayed on commercial property or in an agricultural area may not exceed 2m² in total area and 3 m in height.

(g)           A “For Sale” sign may be displayed on condition that sign is removed within 7 days after all the suspended conditions of the purchase agreement has been conformed.

(h)           Maximum one “Sold” sign may be displayed within the boundaries of the property with the name and details of the estate agency, from date of sale to registration of property, with condition that “For Sale” sign(s) has been removed.

(i)            Sign(s) may only be displayed on and relate to the property that is “For Sale”, “To Let” or “Sold”.

(j)            Must be displayed at or affixed against the applicable building.

(k)           Must be displayed within the boundaries of such premises.

(l)            Sign may not be displayed in a road reserve or any portions of pavement or road islands.

(m)          No signs may obscure a road traffic sign, or impose any danger.

(4)           Business signs on the premises

This sign includes any unilluminated sign, not projecting over a public road, not exceeding 0, 5 m² in total area.  Only the type of business, industry or profession that lawfully conducted by any occupant or permanent resident of the premises to which it is affixed, the name of such occupant, type of activity, address, telephone number of such business, and service hours (if any); with the understanding that only one such sign per occupant may be displayed within the boundaries of premises concerned.

(5)           Window Signs

These signs include any locality bound signs that are temporarily or permanently painted of affixed to the window glass of a building used for commercial, offices, entertainment or any other temporary or permanent sign which is displayed within 2 meters of any window or external opening from where it is visible from the outside of such building, on condition that no window sign may exceed 4.5m² in an area of maximum control.

(6)           Signs Incorporated in the building

Any sign that forms an integral part of the material of a building (with exclusion of a painted sign or a sign which is affixed to the building in any manner), on condition that no such sign may exceed 0,2 m² in total surface.

(7)           Signs on sports fields

Any sign displayed inside a sports stadium which is not visible from the outside of the stadium, not exceeding 2 m² each.

(8)           Security signs

Any security sign not projecting over a public road, not exceeding 0,2 m² in total area, which indicates that a security guard scheme is in operation, or that a security company that is contracted to protect premises on which the sign is displayed, on condition that-

(a)           Maximum two unilluminated signs per premises will be allowed, affixed against the building, boundary wall or gate within the boundaries of such premises.

(b)           Such signs may only display the name, logo, address and telephone number of a security company that is contracted to protect the premises on which the sign is displayed.

(9)           Commercially sponsored signs and signs of non-profit bodies, less than 4,5m²

(a)           Any unilluminated commercially sponsored sign or sign of a non-profit body, not exceeding 4.5 m² in total area, on condition that it does not use more than 5% of the total area of the sign for third party advertising, provided that maximum one such will be allowed per erf/ premises.

(b)           Advertisements that comply with the provisions of sub-section (a), may only be erected once an agreement is entered into, with the Municipality wherein agreement is reached regarding the extent of the community or public benefit thereof, and the terms and conditions of erection of the sign have been agreed upon

(10)         Advertisements on vehicles

  • Advertisements must be painted or affixed directly on the body of a motorised vehicle.
  • Sign may not protrude above the sides of the vehicle or protrude at the top side of the vehicle.
  • The primary purpose of the vehicle may not be advertising.
  • Vehicle may not be parked for third party advertising.

(11)         National flags.

Maximum of three flags per residential property and six flags per commercial property may be displayed for which approval by the Municipality is not required, provided nothing is added to the design of the flag and no advertisement material is added. Flags may only be displayed within the boundaries of premises concerned, not in a road reserve or pavement.

(12)         Teardrops

Maximum of six Teardrops may be displayed for which approval by the Municipality is not required. Teardrops may only be displayed within the boundaries of the premises not inside a road reserve or pavement

  • Advertisements in arcade

Any sign that is displayed in an arcade not aimed at road users, which are not visible from a public street.

  • Sign which is displayed by the Municipality.

Any sign displayed by the Municipality.

  • Signs that are part of a procession.

Any sign carried through the streets as part of a procession.

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