Harare City Council to remove illegal billboards 

by | Sep 28, 2021 | Local News | 0 comments


Mako Jerera

The Harare City Council has given owners of unregistered billboards 48 hours to remove their roadside structures, which are mushrooming across the city.

In a statement, City of Harare said it will not hesitate to decimate the structures when the timeline lapses.

“City of Harare has noted with concern the mushrooming of illegal billboards and illegal directional signage on Council road verges.

According to Harare (Control of Advertising Signs) By Laws, 1981, it is illegal to erect billboards or any structure within the City of Harare area of jurisdiction without a permit and approved plans from Council. Such signs will be pulled down by Council,” the statement read.

Small businesses in search of visibility have been erecting lightboxes and signposts, which has made the city space an eye sore.

“City of Harare will remove the said illegal signage, billboards or wall murals and charge the removal cost incurred to the affected entities. Any representations or objections regarding this matter should reach the Director of Works within the stated time frames in this notice,” the statement added.

It remains to be seen whether the city fathers will at this point have the bravery to implement, they have failed to deal with Mshikashika pirate taxis who operate right outside Town House, their main offices.