Harare City Council has issued a severe warning to residents who have converted their houses into home industries or offices without its approval.
Council corporate communications manager Michael Chideme told The Herald that residents should follow proper council procedures before conducting businesses at their homes. He said:
According to our by-laws, those who are interested in conducting businesses at their homes should seek approval from us and we can approve or disapprove depending on the type of development they want to do.
There are some activities which are not suitable in some areas, for example, we cannot allow people to operate a grinding mill in the suburbs.
There are some residents whose proposals we condemned, but they proceeded to convert their homes into business premises, while others just converted them without even applying.
These people will be punished to the full extent of the law.
The City Council’s Prevention of Illegal Activities By-Law of 2016 stipulates that illegal activities on any premises attract a fine or attract imprisonment of up to 15 days.
More: The Herald
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