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Opening a B & B Print E-mail
28 June 2005

Five easy steps to opening a Bed & Breakfast in Johannesburg

Step 1
  • Check your Title Deed to ascertain whether or not your property qualifies for the relevant business rights.
  • To determine the current zoning of your property take a copy of the Title Deed to the GIS Information Counter on the 8th Floor of Block A at the Metro Centre, situated at 158 Loveday Street, Braamfontein.
  • No information is given over the phone so you must visit in person.

Step 2


  • Once you have determined the zoning of your property you must visit the Town Planner responsible for your area.
  • Planners are available at the Metro Centre from Monday to Friday between 08:00 and 13:00.

Step 3

  • The Town Planner will let you know whether you need to apply for Consent Use or the Re-zoning of your property.
  • Collect the relevant application form (either for Consent Use or Re-zoning) from the Registration counter on the 8th Floor of the Metro Centre A Block.
  • The application form will state what additional documentation you need to include.
  • At this point you should employ a registered Town Planning Consultant to help you with the application process.

Step 4


  • After approximately 60 days the Land Use Management Department will let you know the outcome of your application.
  • Your property is likely to be inspected at this stage and you are required to advertise to state your intention of establishing a B&B on your property.
  • Assuming that there are no objections, your application will be finalised within 6 to 12 months. However, should you face objections from any party you will be required to attend a hearing with the City of Johannesburg.
  • You should abstain from any building renovations until your application has been approved.

Step 5


As well as gaining approval from the City of Johannesburg to establish a B&B you must get the following:

Conference Facilities:
Many B&B owners wish to offer conference facilities, however, B&B's and conference facilities fall under different legislation and require different zoning. If you wish to offer conference facilities you must apply to have your property re-zoned.

Application Costs – R443 for Consent Use and R2500 for Re-zoning
Fire Clearance – R149
Certificate of Acceptability – Free
Business License – R385
Health Permit – R630

* costs may change without prior notice.

Bed and breakfast (B&B)

Noun. Accomodation in a privately-owned home where the owner/manager lives on the property; where breakfast is served and the guest shares the public areas with other guests and/or the host family.


It is strongly recommended that you develop a business plan for your B&B before following the steps outlined in this brochure. There are many organisations that can help you to develop a business plan. Two such organisations are:

The Business Place
  • Tel: (011) 836 9000
  • e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Tourism Enterprise Programme [TEP]

Useful contacts

Institude of Town Planners

Requirement Required by
Obtainable from
Fire Clearance Certificate All B&B's Local Fire Department
Public Health Permit All B&B's Environmental Health Department
Certificate Of Acceptability B&B's that will be preparing meals Environmental Health Department
Business License B&B's that will be preparing meals Environmental Health Department
Building Approval B&B's that plan to do any building alterations or additions Development Management Department
Liquor Licence B&B's that will be serving alcohol Gauteng Liquor Board

Johannesburg Tourism Company

  • 195 Jan Smuts Avenue,Parktown North
  • Tel: (011) 214 0700

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Last Updated on 21 January 2013