This department ensures that all businesses comply with legislation by issuing business licences in the eThekwini Municipal area. They also conduct inspections and raids. Business owners that do not follow legislation can be prosecuted.
 
The department can also revoke and suspend licences.
The Licencing department can also call for a tribunal wherethe complainant will be present and will be given an opportunity to respond. The members will then take a decision.
 
Moeletsi Tsautse, Business Licencing Manager, said “The most common defaulters are from the nightclub industry. They need to apply for a business licence as well as a liquor licence to operate. Sometimes nightclubs open without any licences.”  Tsautse has about twenty two staff under his wing, who manage their key areas very well.