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Have your say

Proposed changes to the Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw 2013

Closed for feedback

About the proposed changes to the Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw 2013

This consultation closed on 5 December 2018. Thank you for having your say.

We have analysed your feedback and prepared a summary, which is available on the consultation documents page.

All of the submissions received during the consultation will be considered at two public meetings at the Auckland Town Hall, 301 Queen Street. These will take place on:

  • Monday 18 February 2019 from 1-5pm
  • Friday 1 March 2019 from 9:30am-1pm.

You are welcome to attend and listen to the panel's deliberations, but you will not be able to give feedback at these meetings.

The feedback and recommendations from the panel will help inform the Governing Body on their decision to make changes to the Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw on 28 March 2019.

We will provide an update on the outcome once the meeting of the Governing Body has taken place.

​Enabling people to use Auckland's public places

Aucklanders use public places everyday for playing sport, fishing, flying a drone, boating, having barbeques and picnics, or spending time with friends or whānau at the beach or park.

Sometimes, people's behaviour or their activities can cause a nuisance or risk to safety that may stop other people from using or enjoying our public places.

What the bylaw does

We make rules that protect people from nuisance or unsafe behaviors in:

  • parks
  • beaches
  • civic spaces
  • other places accessible to the public.

These rules are set out in the Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw 2013, or Te Ture ā-Rohe Marutau ā-Iwi me te Whakapōrearea 2013.

Have your say on a proposal to improve the bylaw

We have identified a series of improvements that we could make to the bylaw, and we would like your feedback.

The main changes we want to make are:

  • clarifying the expected behaviours and restrictions on people using public places
  • prohibiting people from leaving or storing construction materials, boats, shipping containers and consumer goods in public places
  • clarifying how we make recreational fishing controls
  • clarifying how we give approval or permission for activities on public land that would otherwise be prohibited, like abseiling or landing an aircraft
  • clarifying what public places the bylaw applies to, and enabling organisations in control of those places to approve exemptions
  • clarifying rules about fences and revoking two legacy bylaws about fences
  • using national legislation rather than bylaws to address:
    • car window washing
    • mind-altering substances
    • graffiti
    • noise
    • fish offal
    • gates in parks
    • damage to council property
    • fireworks in non-public places
    • street names
    • property numbering
  • moving issues about animals, signage, stormwater and vehicles to existing bylaws (the Animal Management Bylaw 2015 and the Traffic Bylaw 2015).

Have your say on a proposal to ban the sale of fireworks to the public

In addition to the proposed changes to the bylaw, we also want to hear what you think about banning the sale of fireworks to the public.

We are concerned about the harmful effects of fireworks on people and animals, and the damage to property that fireworks can cause. There is also a high demand for council and emergency services relating to the public's use of fireworks at certain times of the year.

For these reasons we are asking the government to ban the sale of fireworks to the public. This would end their private use, and allow only public firework displays in New Zealand.

When you can have your say

You can have your say from 26 October to 5 December 2018.

All of the submissions received during the consultation will be considered at two public meetings at the Auckland Town Hall, 301 Queen Street. These will take place on:

  • Monday 18 February 2019 from 1pm-5pm
  • Friday 1 March 2019 from 9:30am-1pm.

You are welcome to attend and listen to the deliberations.

You will not be able to give feedback at these meetings. See the Ways to have your say page to fill in the online form, or get details of the drop-in sessions.