Council Bye-Laws

  • No child shall be employed in a cinema, theatre, discotheque, dancehall or night club
  • No child shall be employed to sell or deliver alcohol
  • No child shall be employed to deliver wood or coal
  • No child shall be employed to deliver fuel oil
  • No child shall be employed to work in a commercial kitchen
  • No child shall be employed to collect or sort refuse
  • No child shall be in any work which is more than 3 metres above floor level
  • No child shall be employed in work involving harmful exposure to physical, biological or chemical agents
  • No child shall be employed to collect money or to sell or canvass door to door
  • No child shall be employed in work involving exposure to adult material or in situations unsuitable for children
  • No child shall be employed in telephone sales
  • No child shall be employed in any slaughterhouse or butchers shop
  • No child shall be employed as attended in any public amusement parks
  • No child shall be employed in residential care home or nursing home
  • A child aged 14 shall only be employed in light work as:
    – Agricultural or horticultural work;
    – Delivery of newspapers, journals and other printed materials; shop work, including shelf stacking
    – Hairdressing salons, office work, car wash in private residential setting, in a cafĂ© or restaurant, in riding stables and domestic work in hotels
  • A child may be employed for up to one hour before the start of school hours or up to 7:00Pm after school
  • No child shall be employed in any out-door work without wearing suitable gears
  • A child-employer shall send a written notification to council within one-week of employing the child
  • A child is required to have a medical examination before receiving an employment permit from council
  • No child under the age of 14 may engage in street trading

Any person who contravenes any of these provisions commits an offence and shall be liable to pay a fine not exceeding five hundred thousand Leones or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six month

  • All dogs should be registered with the council
  • All dogs should be confined to a kennel or kept on a leash
  • All dogs must be vaccinated against rabies
  • No dog shall be allowed to be at large in the street, public space without an owner
  • All persons should obtain permits from council in order to use any animal for commercial purposes
  • Council may impound any unregistered dog or other animal found in any public place within the city of Freetown
  • Council shall immediately make public of impounding of any unregistered dog or other animal at the council’s premises
  • Council may sell or humanly destroy an unregistered dog or other animal after 24 hours
  • The owner of an impounded dog or other animal shall pay a fine and custody fee to claim the dog or other animal
  • No person shall attempt to free any impounded dog or other animal

Any person who contravenes any of these provisions commits an offence and shall be liable to pay a fine not exceeding five hundred thousand Leones or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months

  • No premise shall be kept unhealthy
  • No animal or bird shall be kept in any unhealthy place
  • No premise or neighbourhood shall be used to accumulate waste
  • No company, trade or business shall cause an unhealthy stench or produce harmful dust to inhabitants in any neighbourhood in Freetown City
  • No pool, ditch, gutter, waterways, cistern, sanitary convenience, cesspool, drain shall be left unhealthy in any neighbour
  • Any collection of water or water vessel that contains eggs or larvae of mosquitoes shall not be found in any premise
  • No chimney emitting black smoke, at a particular quantity, shall not be allowed among inhabitants
  • All dwelling house without a toilet, bathroom or kitchen is prohibited
  • Any display of banners or billboards for advertising without permission from council is prohibited
  • No private owned building visible in public places shall be left in a state of disrepair
  • Any unnecessary honking of vehicle horns is prohibited
  • Council shall seize any illegal erection of banners and 100,000 Leones paid per billboard and 25,000 paid per banner
  • Any musical instrument, loudspeaker or other equipment used unnecessarily shall be impounded by council and fine of 250,000 paid

Any person who contravenes any of these provisions commits an offence and shall be liable to pay a fine not exceeding five hundred thousand Leones or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months

  • No person should throw garbage in any street, public place or illegal dumpsites
  • No person in charge of a vehicle shall throw garbage into any street, public place
  • No person should urinate or defecate in any street, public place or unauthorized place
  • No person should deposit garbage in any street, public place or illegal place without approval from Council
  • No one should use any street, public place or illegal place to store building materials
  • No person should use any street, public place or illegal place to sell or stock bush sticks
  • No person should use any street, public place or illegal place as a garage for the repair of motor vehicles or for the parking of abandoned vehicles
  • No person should use any street, public place or illegal place as a welding shop
  • No person should use any street, public place or illegal place to wash cars
  • No person use any street, public place or illegal place to launder clothes
  • Any vehicle, equipment or building materials deposited on any street, public place or unauthorized place may be forfeited to council

Any person who contravenes any of these provisions commits an offence and shall be liable to pay a fine not exceeding five hundred thousand Leones or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months