Bylaws Review 2021
|UPDATE 27 April 2021: Bylaws adopted after consultation with the community.|
Taupō District Council has adopted a range of bylaws after feedback from the community. The bylaws cover the control of dogs and other animals as well as the management of litter and public places. These bylaws were adopted at the ordinary council meeting on Tuesday, April 27 and will come into force on July 1, 2021. Read the full update.
We are currently undertaking a Bylaws and Policy Review. Bylaws are reviewed every five to ten years. This process involves public consultations to make sure our Bylaws are useful and reflect what the community needs.
What is a Bylaw?
Bylaws are rules made by Council under the Local Government Act 2002 (the “Act”). They are created for the purpose of:
- Protecting the public from nuisance;
- Protecting, promoting, and maintaining public health and safety; and
- Minimising the potential for offensive behaviour in public places.
Bylaws are also made to regulate activities such as the keeping of animals and appropriate use of public spaces.
Why are the Bylaws being reviewed?
Bylaws are made under the Local Government Act 2002 which requires that all Bylaws must be reviewed five years after the day they were first made and then every ten years after that. If a bylaw is not reviewed within the required timeline, it expires. It is then revoked two years after the review due date. These bylaws were first made in 2016 and are due for review in the next year. Except for the Control of Dogs Bylaw – it is due for review in 2023, but since it was last reviewed in 2013, some minor changes have occurred that require updating, including a demand for new dog exercise areas. The review has been brought forward to align with the wider bylaw review.
What Bylaws are being reviewed?
The following six Bylaws and one Policy are being reviewed.
- Animals, Birds and Bees Bylaw 2016
- Control of Dogs Bylaw 2013
- Dog Control Policy 2013
- Litter Bylaw 2016
- Objectionable Signs Bylaw 2016
- Reserves and Public Places Bylaw 2016
- Trading in Public Places Bylaw 2016
To learn more about the proposed changes refer to the drop-down sections below which include draft copies of each bylaw, documents showing tracked changes comparing the draft bylaws to existing bylaws, and additional information.
The consultation period closed on February 15 and was followed by a hearing on March 24, 2021.
A total of 65 submissions were received. Thank you for all submissions received.
If you have any questions about the review, please get in touch with Témi Allinson via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone on 07 376 0714.