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District Bylaw Review 2019

Other Bylaws

Council is seeking public feedback on 6 of the 14 current Manawatū District Council bylaws through this pre-consultation phase. The remaining 8 Manawatū District Council bylaws that Council is not formally seeking feedback on are as follows:

However, you are still welcome to provide suggested changes using the form at the bottom of this page.

Below are links to the current bylaws and an outline of the purpose of each of these current bylaws and any targeted engagement that is proposed prior to public notification.

You will have an opportunity to provide feedback on any proposed changes to these bylaws when they are publically notified later this year. Check this website or register your interest at the bottom of this page to receive updates.

There will be a further opportunity to provide feedback when the proposed bylaw is publically notified later this year. Check this website or register your interest for project updates.

Explanatory Bylaw

The purpose of this bylaw is to identify and define those terms and expressions common to and used in all Council’s bylaws. It is an administrative bylaw that should be read in conjunction with the individual bylaws. As all common definitions and terms are together in one place, it reduces the length and repetition across the bylaws, making them more user-friendly and efficient.

Changes to the other bylaws may mean that consequential changes are required to the Explanatory Bylaw.

Click here to download the existing Explanatory Bylaw 2014 (900KB pdf)

Cemeteries Bylaw

The purpose of this bylaw is to provide for the efficient management and maintenance of cemeteries under the Council’s control. It covers matters such as the requirements for interment, burials and sale of plots, disinterment, vehicle control and regulates activities in the cemeteries. The bylaw enables Council to meet its obligations under the Burial and Cremation Act 1964 and New Zealand Standard 4242:2018. The bylaw does not regulate activities in private cemeteries or urupa.

Council is considering developing an administrative guideline to site alongside the revised bylaw to make it more user-friendly for customers.

Feedback will be sought from key stakeholders on the draft bylaw and administrative guideline prior to public notification in July.

Click here to download the existing Cemeteries Bylaw 2014 (750KB pdf)

Drainage Bylaw

The purpose of this bylaw is to manage, regulate and protect from misuse or damage the public wastewater and stormwater systems, defined as the “Public Drainage Network.” This bylaw applies to wastewater drainage from domestic premises into the public wastewater system; the discharge of stormwater into the public stormwater system; and works in, on or near the public drainage network.

Council is proposing to combine the Drainage and Trade Waste Bylaws to reduce overlap and potential confusion, particularly in relation to discharges to stormwater.

Council will seek feedback from key stakeholders, including iwi and trade waste permit holders, once the proposed combined Drainage and Trade Wastes Bylaw has been drafted.

Click here to download the existing Drainage Bylaw 2015 (1.1MB pdf)

Freedom Camping Bylaw

The purpose of this bylaw is to regulate Freedom Camping in the Manawatū District and its effect on the community and environment, in order to:

  • (a) Protect the area; and
  • (b) Protect the health and safety of people who may visit the area; and
  • (c) Protect access to some areas.

This bylaw is intended to encourage responsible Freedom Camping in the District.

This bylaw and the Freedom Camping Act 2011 defines Freedom Camping and freedom camp as follows:

“...freedom camp means to camp (other than at a camping ground) within 200 m of a motor vehicle accessible area or the mean low-water springs line of any sea or harbour, or on or within 200 m of a formed road or a Great Walks Track, using 1 or more of the following:

  • (a) a tent or other temporary structure:
  • (b) a caravan:
  • (c) a car, campervan, housetruck, or other motor vehicle.

In accordance with the Act, freedom camping does not include the following activities:

  • (a) temporary and short-term parking of a motor vehicle:
  • (b) recreational activities commonly known as day-trip excursions:
  • (c) resting or sleeping at the roadside in a caravan or motor vehicle to avoid driver fatigue.

The Manawatū District Council Freedom Camping Bylaw specifies those areas where freedom camping is permitted, the general restrictions that apply to freedom camping in certain areas, and those areas where freedom camping is prohibited. Council is able to issue infringement notices and fines for offences against the bylaw, in accordance with Section 20 of the Freedom Camping Act 2011.

Council is currently evaluating freedom camping sites to determine a significance score. These scores will be used to determine what level of protection is reasonable for each freedom camping site. Once the site assessment is complete, Council will seek public and stakeholder feedback on any proposed changes to the scheduled areas and freedom camping restrictions within the Freedom Camping Bylaw. This feedback will be sought prior to notification of the proposed bylaw.

Click here to download the existing Freedom Camping Bylaw 2014 (1MB pdf)

Objectionable Signs Bylaw

The purpose of this bylaw is to ensure that advertising signs, particularly those associated with commercial sexual premises, do not cause a nuisance or serious offence to members of the public. The bylaw also seeks to maintain amenity standards.

This bylaw does not apply to signs authorised and covered by resource consent, signs permitted under the Manawatu District Plan, or signs erected pursuant to any statute or regulation.

Council is proposing to combine the Objectionable Signs Bylaw with the Public Places and Street Users Bylaws. All of these bylaws are concerned with the amenity of public places and seek to minimise the potential for offensive behaviour in public places.

Click here to download the existing Objectionable Signs Bylaw 2014 (700KB pdf)

Solid Waste Bylaw

The purpose of this bylaw is to:

  • Promote and deliver effective and efficient waste management and minimisation in the District;
  • Assist in implementing the Council’s Waste Management and Minimisation Plan;
  • Promote the purpose of the Act and the goals of the New Zealand Waste Strategy
  • Regulate the collection, storage, management and disposal of waste (including recyclable material) from places or by persons licensed by the Council;
  • Protect the health and safety of waste collectors, waste operators and the public; and
  • Manage nuisance and litter in public places.

No significant changes are proposed at this time. No public or targeted engagement is planned prior to notification.

Click here to download the existing Solid Waste Bylaw 2015 (750KB pdf)

Trade Wastes Bylaw

The purpose of this bylaw is to:

  • a) Protect the health and safety of all people from potential adverse effects of harmful substances discharged to the public wastewater system;
  • b) Protect the environment (including water quality) from adverse effects of harmful substances discharged to the public wastewater system;
  • c) Protect the public wastewater system from damage and provide for its efficient operation;
  • d) Ensure compliance with resource Permit (discharge) conditions;
  • e) Provide an equitable basis for charging trade waste users of the public wastewater system; and
  • f) Encouraging waste minimisation, cleaner production, efficient recycling and reuse of waste streams at trade premises.

The Trade Wastes Bylaw applies to all premises in the District where Trade Wastes are discharged or likely to be discharged to the public wastewater system. It also applies to tankered waste collected for the purpose of discharge to the public wastewater system.

As noted above, Council is proposing to combine the Drainage and Trade Waste Bylaws to reduce overlap and potential confusion, particularly in relation to discharges to stormwater.

Council will seek feedback from key stakeholders, including iwi and trade waste permit holders, once the proposed combined Drainage and Trade Wastes Bylaw has been drafted.

Click here to download the existing Trade Wastes Bylaw 2015 (1.3MB pdf)

Water Supply Bylaw

The purpose of this bylaw is to:

  • (a) Ensure a safe and efficient public water supply;
  • (b) To manage and regulate the Council’s water supply; and
  • (c) To protect public water supply infrastructure.

The bylaw regulates the supply of water, customer obligations, points of supply, meters and flow restrictors, fire protection, protection of the water supply system and offences.

Feedback will be sought from key stakeholders, including iwi and the Ministry of Health, prior to public notification in July.

Click here to download the existing Water Supply Bylaw 2015 (850KB pdf)


Feedback closed on 20 March 2019.