Legislation applicable to Council

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​This page lists some of the key legislation that applies to all New Zealand local authorities. For more information visit the NZ legislation websites at www.legislation.govt.nz.​
 
An Act is a law passed by Parliament (before an Act is passed, it is called a Bill). Many Acts have supporting regulations, which are laws made under an Act of Parliament. Regulations generally deal with matters of detail or administration, or matters that are subject to frequent change.
 
Current Acts that affect Hamilton City Council: 

​A

  • Animal Welfare Act 1999
  • Archives Act 1957
  • Arts council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Act 1994

B

  • Biosecurity Act 1993
  • Building Act 2004
  • Burial and Cremation Act 1964
  • Bylaws Act 1910

C

  • Citizenship Act 1977
  • Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002
  • Climate Change Response Act 2002
  • Commerce Act 1986
  • Companies Act 1993
  • Conservation Act 1987
  • Consumer Guarantees Act 1993
  • Copyright Act 1994
  • Crimes Act 1961

D

  • Disabled Persons Community Welfare Act 1975
  • Dog Control Act 1996
  • Dog Control Amendment Act 2003
  • Dog Control and Hydatids Act 1982

E

  • Electoral Act 1993
  • Electricity Act 1992
  • Employment Relations Act 2000
  • Environment Act 1986 

F

  • Fair Trading Act 1986
  • Fencing Act 1978
  • Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013
  • Fire Service Act 1975
  • Food Act 2014

G

  • Gambling Act 2003
  • Goods and Services Tax Act 1985

H

  • Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996
  • Health Act 1956
  • Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
  • Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014
  • Holidays Act 2003
  • Housing Act 1955
  • Human Rights Act 1993

I

  • Impounding Act 1955
  • Income Tax Act 2002
  • Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation Act 2001
  • Insolvency Act 1967

J

  • Judicature Act 1908

L

  • Land Act 1948
  • Land Transfer Act 1952
  • Land Transport Act 1998
  • Land Transport Management Act 2003
  • Libraries and Mechanics' Institutes Act 1908
  • Litter Act 1979
  • Local Authorities (Members' Interests) Act 1968
  • Local Electoral Act 2001
  • Local Government (Rating) Act 2002
  • Local Government Act 1974
  • Local Government Act 2002
  • Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987

M

  • Machinery Act 1950
  • Meat Act 1981
  • Minimum Wage Act 1983
  • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Act 1992

N

  • New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990
  • New Zealand Library Association Act 1939
  • New Zealand Walkways Act 1990
  • Noxious Plants Act 1978
  • New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute Act 1963
  • New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000

O

  • Oaths and Declarations Act 1957
  • Ombudsmen Act 1975

P

  • Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987
  • Privacy Act 1993
  • Property Law Act 1952
  • Prostitution Reform Act 2003
  • Protected Disclosures Act 2000
  • Public Audit Act 2001
  • Public Bodies Contracts Act 1959
  • Public Bodies Leases Act 1969
  • Public Finance Act 1989
  • Public Works Act 1981

R

  • Rates Rebate Act 1973
  • Rating Valuations Act 1998
  • Remuneration Authority Act 1977
  • Residential Tenancies Act 1986
  • Reserves Act 1977
  • Resource Management Act 1991

S

  • Secret Commissions Act 1910
  • Smoke-free Environments Act 1990
  • Soil Conservation and Rivers Control Act 1941
  • Summary Offences Act 1981

T

  • Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993
  • Transport Act 1962
  • Treaty of Waitangi Act 1975
  • Trespass Act 1980

U

  • Unit Titles Act 2010

W

  • Wages Protection Act 1983
  • Waikato Raupatu Claims Settlement Act 1995
  • Waikato-Tainui Raupatu Claims (Waikato River) Settlement Act 2010
  • Weathertight Homes Resolution Services Act 2006
  • Wild Animal Control Act 1977

Local legislation that confers powers on Hamilton City Council:

  • Hamilton City Council (Gas) Empowering Act 1988
  • Hamilton City Council (Parana Park) Land Vesting Act 2011
  • Hamilton Domain Endowment Act 1979
  • Hamilton High School Reserve Act 1913
  • Hamilton Parsonage Site Act 1904

​More information


Other information and resources are available on the NZ Government​, NZ Parliament and Local Government NZ websites.

Council legislation, planning processes and services

Our Strategies, Plans, Policies and Bylaws are developed to take into account any relevant requirements of the Acts listed above. See 'related links' at top right of this page view our Plans, Policies and Bylaws and to find more resources and information from our Counci​​l and other websites.​

Our planning, guidance and legislative activities and documents also guide many of the services we provide. To find out more about our services and the relevant central and local government legislation and Council Policies and Bylaws that inform them, click on the 'Our Services' tab near the top/left of this page for a menu of services.

Page reviewed: 23 Mar 2017 8:41am