The Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT) Red Tape Reduction Unit appointed Impact Economix to work with five local municipalities in the Eden District (Mossel Bay, Knysna, Bitou, Hessequa and George Municipalities) to reduce red tape affecting business locally. A total of 15 red tape reduction workshops were facilitated (3 workshops per municipality) with action plans developed for the following red tape issues Fourteen red tape issues were priorities across the five municpalities and actions plans to address the following issues were developed: Improved Building Plan application processes; actions to assist local suppliers register on the supplier databases; improvement to supply chain and procurement processes including site clarification meetings and bid specification meeting schedules and SCM Department conducting training workshop with Bid Specification Committee to ensure specifications maximise use of local suppliers where possible and SCM to develop standard checklist to use when drawing up specifications to include local supplier issues.; identification of by-laws laws which may need to be updated or revised and a check-list to inform the by-law/ policy revision process. Municipality to better communicate and highlight the key issues and controversies that may exist in relation to the by-laws under revision to strengthen the participation process. Red tape reduction case studies were also drafted.