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Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw 2013

Ngā ture ā-rohe noho āhuru tūmatanui, hōhā noa rānei

This bylaw aims to ensure everyone can enjoy public places free from nuisance behaviour, or behaviour that may threaten public safety. This bylaw relates to public places that are not part of the Auckland Transport system, but under council's control.

You should know

We recently reviewed this bylaw to better protect public safety and minimise nuisance. We made several changes to the bylaw after considering the feedback from a public consultation. These will come into effect from 1 October 2019.

Part of this review included moving some issues to more relevant bylaws, so the Traffic Bylaw 2015 and the Animal Management Bylaw 2015 have also been updated.

You can read the updated bylaw on this page, or see the Have your say page to read the feedback summary.

What are public places?

To ensure a consistent approach, 'public places' include:

  • road reserves
  • footpaths
  • parks and beaches
  • public transport vehicles and facilities.

What the Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw does

This bylaw contains rules about:

Behaviour that puts public safety at risk or causes a nuisance

  • Wilful obstruction, disturbance or interference.
  • Intimidating or nuisance begging activity.
  • Car window washing that causes nuisance or obstruction or is carried out in an unsafe way.
  • Taking mind-altering substances.
  • Recklessly riding a skateboard or scooter.
  • Fences which create a nuisance or are dangerous.
  • Playing an instrument.
  • Using a PA system.
  • Graffiti and vandalism.
  • Putting up posters.
  • Lighting fires.
  • Setting off fireworks.

Behaviour that causes damage

Damage to:

  • council property
  • water and stormwater courses
  • trees
  • vegetation.

Causes of obstruction

  • Materials.
  • Structures.
  • Construction.
  • Vegetation.
  • Doors or gates.
  • Goods.

Additional controls for parks and beaches

  • Entering closed parks or beaches.
  • Controls on fishing and other recreational activities including set net fishing controls.
  • Driving or parking vehicles in parks.
  • Obstructing a park entrance or pathway with a vehicle.
  • Possessing or using a weapon or trap in a park.
  • Killing or harming an animal, or losing control of an animal in a park.
  • Riding or parking a vehicle on a beach (without approval).
  • Leaving a boat on a beach in a way that obstructs.
  • Cleaning or leaving fish or fish offal on a beach.
  • Interfering with safety or lifesaving equipment.

Street naming and numbering on buildings

 

What the Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw doesn't cover

This bylaw doesn't regulate behaviour in public places that are part of the Auckland transport system.

That is regulated by the Auckland Transport Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw 2013.

 

Get a copy of the Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw