Talk 5 on the Ethekwini Municipality’s Scheduled Trades and Occupations By-Laws
Are you a business owner, operating within Durban’s Ethekwini Municipality?
Does your operation perform any of the following activities listed here?


  • Acid works
  • Alkali works
  • Ambulance service, and removal of human remains
  • Ammonia works and bulk transportation
  • Animal and fish products processing, including the manufacture of meal for animal feeding
  • Asbestos transportation, handling and storage, and the manufacture and bulk-storage of products containing asbestos
  • Asphalt plant, permanent and mobile


  • Battery manufacturing, reconditioning and servicing
  • Bitumen works, including the transportation and operation of mobile bitumen kettles


  • Carbon black manufacture.
  • Cement products and pre-mixing works.
  • Ceramic works.
  • Chemical product processing, including any process involving a chemical reaction.
  • Container washing and reconditioning works.
  • Cooking of bones or blood, sterilising animal hair, manufacturing gum or glue, extracting, by boiling or melting, fat or tallow or grinding bones or other animal matter into meal.
  • Crematoria.
  • Chrome and chromate works.
  • Coal bulk-storage and handling.


  • Distillery



  • Engineering works.



  • Food manufactory.
  • Fungicide manufacture, and bulk-handling, storage and commercial usage of fungicides.
  • Furniture manufacture and re-conditioning.



  • Gas works.
  • Glass-fibre manufacture, storage, moulding and finishing.
  • Glass works.



  • Hazardous substances (as defined in the Hazardous Substances Act, No. 15 of 1973) manufacture and bulk-handling, transportation and storage. (See page 4).
  • Herbicide manufacture, and bulk blending, storage and commercial usage of herbicides.
  • Hide and skin processing.


  • Manufacturing flock or down.
  • Manufacturing malt.
  • Manufacturing soap or candles.
  • Manufacturing yeast.
  • Marine Food processing.
  • Mattress-maker.
  • Metal products manufacture.
  • Metal buffing, electroplating, enamelling and galvanising.
  • Milling.


  • Offensive trades (as defined in the Licences and Business Hours Ordinance No. 11 of 1973).
  • Ore processing works, or handling and storage of ores.



  • Pesticides manufacture, and bulk-handling, storage and commercial usage of pesticides.
  • Pigment works.
  • Plastics products works.
  • Preparing or tanning leather or curing hides and skins.
  • Printing Works



  • Quarrying.



  • Refining.
  • Refuse collection, storage, removal, processing or disposal.
  • Rubber moulding or vulcanising




Acid works


  • Sand and shot blasting.
  • Sandwinning (as defined in the Licences and Business Hours Ordinance No. 11 of 1973).
  • Selling the raw meat of members of the equine family or offering or exposing the same for sale.
  • Sewage treatment, transportation or disposal.
  • Scraping, cleaning or cooking intestines or offal.
  • Scrap yard.
  • Ship building.
  • Sludge Works.
  • Spray painting.
  • Stone crushing and dressing works.
  • Stone masonry.



  • Tannery
  • Teasing or shredding works dealing with coir, flock or textiles.
  • Timber yard and works


  • Upholsterer.
  • Undertaker as defined in the Licences and Business Hours Ordinance No. 11 of 1973).



  • Vegetable oil extraction or processing.



  • Waste material salvaging, collecting, sorting, storing, treating, processing or recycling/ reclaiming.
  • Welding works.
  • Wood pulping.



If yes, in terms of the Scheduled Trades and Occupations By-Laws dated 22 March 1979 your business, operation or trade requires a Scheduled Trade Permit from Ethekwini Municipality. Unless you have been visited by an official from the municipality you and many other business owners like yourself are probably unaware of the fact that your business requires such a permit.
If you would like Wilbrink & Associates to assist you with your application, please feel free to contact us.