Bylaws are localised rules or regulations made by the South Taranaki District Council, under national legislation, that affect how people live, work and play in our community. Bylaws protect both our district and your rights. They are there to make our district a safe and healthy place.
Bylaws are broadly made to cover one or more of the following purposes:
- Protecting the public from nuisance
- Protecting, promoting, and maintaining public health and safety
- Minimising the potential for offensive behaviour in public places.
- Not complying with a bylaw can result in fines, seizure of property and remedial action. Bylaws can be enforced by our staff or external agencies such as the police.
If you would like any additional information regarding the bylaws, email our Policy team.
Alcohol Control Bylaw (2018)
Previously known as the Public Places: Liquor Control Bylaw 2012, the purpose of this Bylaw is to protect the public from nuisance, offensive behaviour, and to improve public safety to reducing crime, disorder and other anti-social behaviour that is caused or made worse by alcohol consumption in public places.
Cemeteries Bylaw (1992)
The purpose of this Bylaw is to set and maintain standards for the operation of Cemeteries which are under the Council’s ownership or control, within the South Taranaki District. It stipulates the provisions for interments and provides regulations for industry personnel and general members of the public, in terms of provisions for interments, fees, digging of graves and tombstones, headstones and monuments.
Dog Control Bylaw (2019)
This Bylaw protects the health and safety of the community by regulating the keeping of dogs, while also promoting responsible dog ownership and recognising the rights and needs of dog owners.
Drainage Bylaw (2018)
Previously known as the Wastewater Bylaw 2013, this bylaw is for wastewater drainage from primarily domestic premises to the Council’s public drainage systems and includes the reticulated sewerage systems and urban storm water drains. For trade premises, the Trade Waste Bylaw (2017) will normally apply; however, this Bylaw covers the conditions for physical connection of a premises (including for trade premises) to the sewer.
Freedom Camping Bylaw (2016)
Amended in 2017, the purpose of the Freedom Camping Bylaw is to protect:
- areas within our District,
- the health and safety of people who may visit the District, and
- access to the District.
The Bylaw does this by controlling and managing where freedom camping may occur (permitted) and where it cannot (prohibited). The Bylaw classifies three types of freedom camping within the District – self-contained, non-self-contained and tenting.
Keeping of Animals Bylaw (2018)
The purpose of this bylaw is to protect the public from nuisance and to maintain public health and safety by controlling the keeping of animals within the district and to provide requirements for the keeping of animals, as deemed necessary for the protection of neighbouring property owners.
This includes the keeping of pigs, poultry, bees, and grazing animals in both the urban and rural areas.
Mobile Traders Bylaw (2014)
The purpose of this Bylaw is to ensure that public trading activities in public places in the district are safe, lively and attractive without inhibiting the safety of pedestrians and to protect the general public from nuisances.
Livestock Control Bylaw (2019)
The purpose of this Bylaw is to provide for the orderly droving and control of livestock on Council owned roads throughout the District, whilst minimising inconvenience, nuisance and potential danger to all road users from the fouling of the road network. This bylaw also seeks to reduce the risk of injury to all road users in South Taranaki by preventing any unmonitored livestock to wander onto Council owned roads.
Parking Control and Traffic Flow Bylaw (2014)
Amended in 2018, the purpose of this Bylaw is to provide fair use of parking spaces in the CBD areas of South Taranaki townships, and to work in conjunction with the New Zealand Police to ensure that vehicles used on South Taranaki roads are safe and roadworthy.
Public Places Bylaw (2014)
The purpose of this Bylaw is to protect the public from nuisance, and protect, promote and maintain public health and safety in public places. This bylaw also controls the display of signs in public places.
Public Swimming Pools Bylaw (1992)
The purpose of this Bylaw is to ensure a safe and hygienic swimming pool operating environment, which is consistent with New Zealand best practice and customer etiquette within a family recreation environment.
Roading Bylaw (2014)
Amended in 2018, the purpose of the Bylaw is to protect roads from nuisances and damage, enhance the safety of road users, and to manage the road asset for the wellbeing of the public.
This Bylaw sets requirements for the construction of vehicle access ways, conditions required for any works undertaken within the maintained roadway or surface (which may interfere with the safe and efficient flow of traffic), restricting heavy traffic, and the setting of speed limits.
Skate Devices Control Bylaw (2000)
The purpose of this Bylaw is to maintain the safety of pedestrians on footpaths, and ensure that damage to footpaths is reduced by restricting the use of skate devices within defined areas of the District.
Solid Waste Bylaw (2013)
The purpose of this Bylaw is to contribute to the promotion and effective and efficient waste management and minimisation in the South Taranaki district, the implementation of the Council’s Waste Management and Minimisation Plan the regulation and refuse collection and disposal (including recycling, ownership of the waste stream, refuse storage, and waste management). It also outlines the responsibilities of customers who use Council’s solid waste services. The Bylaw also contributes to the protection of the health and safety of waste collectors, waste operators and the public.
Tattooist, Beauticians and Body Piercers Bylaw (2013)
The purpose of this Bylaw is to regulate those persons and premises undertaking beauty therapy, skin piercing and tattooing that carry a risk of transferring communicable diseases. This Bylaw aims to prevent the transference of communicable diseases and other bacterial skin or wound infections, by applying standards to those persons who practice such operations.
Trade Waste Bylaw (2017)
The purpose of this Bylaw is to protect the health and safety of all persons with the South Taranaki District, including Council staff, contractors and the public, by protecting our natural environment.
The Bylaw sets a framework for industry’s discharge into the Council’s wastewater network, which enables the Council to treat and dispose of wastewater, whilst meeting its own obligations under its discharge resource consent.
Water Supply Bylaw (2013)
The purpose of this Bylaw is to protect public health by maintaining the security of the water supply. The Bylaw details the responsibilities of the Council and its customers in relation to the public water supply. The Council also categorises the types of water supply and manages the public water supply by way of cost recovery, preventing wastage, demand management, and penalties.