Licences and regulations

In this section:


Bylaws are rules made by local councils which affect the way we live, work and play in certain areas. 

They cover health, safety and a range of environmental issues.


Current work on bylaws

A review programme is underway to bring together the 158 existing bylaws made by former councils and create consistent rules across Auckland.

The existing bylaws remain in force until we review, cancel or amend them, or they expire.

Our bylaw review programme will assess each bylaw topic and establish if a bylaw is the best way to address the problem and support the community.

Our programme is also looking into where new bylaws might help deliver good outcomes for Aucklanders.

Click on the topic below to see which bylaws we are working on:


Have your say on bylaws

We want to hear your views on Auckland’s bylaws.

You will have the opportunity to make a written and/or verbal submission on any new bylaws we create.

The current consultations section above will show bylaws when they are open for submission. Have a look at current work on bylaws to see when bylaws are open for submission.

Read more about council's and submission feedback processes.

Report a breach of bylaw

Our Bylaw Enforcement Officers investigate breaches in council bylaws.

Contact us if you think that someone has breached a council bylaw. We are ready to help with your enquiries seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

How we set bylaws

We have developed the Auckland Bylaw Standard (PDF 485KB) to make sure we create bylaws that are easy to understand, use and maintain.

Auckland Council and Auckland Transport are the main bylaw-making authorities.

Local boards may propose bylaws that apply only to their area, and Watercare promote but do not set bylaws.

Once the community agrees with a bylaw, we and external agencies such as the New Zealand Police will enforce it.