Bylaws are rules or regulations made by the Council, under national legislation, that affects how people live, work and play. Bylaws protect both our city and your rights. They are there to make our city a safe and healthy place. 

Bylaws are broadly made to cover one or more of the following purposes:

(a) protecting the public from nuisance:
(b) protecting, promoting, and maintaining public health and safety:
(c) minimising the potential for offensive behaviour in public places.

The consequences of not complying with ​​​​​​​a rule can result in fines, seizure of property and remedial action. Bylaws can be enforced by Council staff or external agencies such as the New Zealand Police.

A bylaw can address one specific area of operation (traffic, speed etc) or a variety of areas within the same bylaw (such as, public places, cemeteries, recreational facilities).

A bylaw can also have schedules or attachments, either that sit within a bylaw, or to be read as additional material. Please note that in the case where there are attachments or schedules provided in addition to the bylaw, these documents would not have the same legal status as the bylaw.

 Download the Policies and Bylaws booklet ​

If you require further information regarding the bylaws, contact Council's Strategy Team.​

Page reviewed: 11 May 2022 11:17am