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Ture ā-Rohe Tiaki Rawa me te Whakahōhātia noa 2015

Property Maintenance and Nuisance Bylaw 2015

The Property Maintenance and Nuisance Bylaw aims to minimise public health risks and nuisance from poorly maintained private property.

Changes to the Property Maintenance and Nuisance Bylaw

We recently reviewed this bylaw and made some changes.

The changes take effect from 1 July 2022.

Key changes include:

  • clarifying the definition of ‘nuisance’
  • removing rules about the feeding of wild animals on private property as this is addressed in the Auckland Council Animal Management Bylaw 2015
  • removing lighting rules and expired legacy council bylaws
  • updating the format and wording of the bylaw to make it easier to read.

For more information on the decision to improve the bylaw, see AK Have your say.

What the Property Maintenance and Nuisance Bylaw does

The Property Maintenance and Nuisance Bylaw enables us to minimise public health risks and nuisance on private property.

The bylaw:

  • requires owners or occupiers of a private property to manage materials or vegetation on the property to minimise the risk of harbouring pests or significant odours
  • requires owners of an abandoned or unoccupied buildings on private property to prevent public access to the building
  • requires owners of an industrial cooling tower water system to register, test, and maintain the system to minimise the risk of exposure to Legionella bacteria.

Get a copy of the Property Maintenance and Nuisance Bylaw

Berm and grass verge mowing

  • Property owners are responsible for regularly mowing the berms outside their property.
  • Unmown berms can contribute to the spread of weeds, create a fire hazard, and conceal vermin and safety hazards.
  • You should not add your own plants to berms. They can can reduce sight lines, cause inconsistencies in berm appearance, and root systems can disrupt utility connections.

Learn more about caring for berms