Regulations for successful events

The greater Knysna municipal area provides an ideal backdrop for a variety of events. Summer is upon us and, with those in the know predicting a busy tourism season for the Western Cape, we are sure to see a number of events hosted throughout our beautiful destination.

We recognise the significance of events for cultural, social, and economic growth, and welcome organisers to put on magnificent events for our visitors and residents. We also take our responsibility to our residents, visitors and event organisers seriously, and the Knysna Municipality Events By-law aims to ensure proper management, safety and compliance with local and national legislation. The by-law sets out a number of key provisions that event organisers must adhere to.

Events are categorized based on size, with different timeframes for application submission and municipal response. Organisers must submit applications to the Events Permit Officer at least 60 days before the event. Applications must include detailed event plans, safety measures, and venue information. Smaller events require a minimum of 20 working days for approval, while very large events may need up to 90 working days.

All events must comply with specified criteria, including zoning regulations, safety plans, crowd management, sanitation, security and waste management. The Events Permit Officer, authorized officials and law enforcement officers have the right to inspect venues before, during, or after events to ensure compliance. Failure to comply with a compliance notice may result in fines and permit suspension. Organisers who hold events without the necessary permits may also face heavy fines.

Event organisers are reminded that event advertising in public spaces within the greater municipal area is also subject to specific regulations. The Regulation of Outdoor Advertising By-law provides the process and timeframes for applications to display temporary event signage on municipal property. It also provides guidelines for signage at sporting events, festivals and exhibitions. Tariffs, as approved by Council, are applicable to the display of temporary event signage on municipal property and organisers are urged to apply timeously in accordance with the provisions of the by-law.

Queries regarding event advertising should be directed to Ms Ntombekhaya Nkoane at or 044 302 6352.

Queries regarding the events permit application process should be directed to Ms. Noxolo Mcothama at or 044 302 6586.