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National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998)

Chapter 9 : Administration of Act and Specific Environmental Management Acts

46. Model Environmental Management Bylaws


(1) The Minister may make model bylaws aimed at establishing measures for the management of environmental impacts of any development within the jurisdiction of a municipality, which may be adopted by a municipality as municipal bylaws.


(2) Any municipality may request the Director-General to assist it with the preparation of bylaws on matters affecting the environment and the Director-General may not unreasonably refuse such a request.


(3) The Director-General may institute programmes to assist municipalities with the preparation of bylaws for the purposes of implementing this Act.


(4) The purpose of the model bylaws referred to in subsection (1) must be to—
(a) mitigate adverse environmental impacts;
(b) facilitate the implementation of decisions taken, and conditions imposed as a result of the authorisation of new activities and developments, or through the setting of norms and standards in respect of existing activities and developments; and
(c) ensure effective environmental management and conservation of resources and impacts within the jurisdiction of a municipality in co-operation with other organs of state.


(5) The model bylaws referred to in subsection (1) must include measures for environmental management, which may include—
(a) auditing, monitoring and ensuring compliance; and
(b) reporting requirements and the furnishing of information.