Bylaws

Whangarei District Council bylaws are local laws made by Council that apply only in our District. They are made to keep our place safe, healthy and attractive.

Bylaws are enforceable by Council staff or other nominated agencies. 

You can use our online forms to make a bylaw enquiry or to:

  • report a general bylaw issue
  • suggest a change to bylaws
  • suggest a beach to be included into the prohibited areas for the Control of Vehicles on Beaches bylaw.

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This bylaw's purpose is to reduce alcohol-related harm through prohibition and control of alcohol in public places

Drinking alcohol in public places is banned on all beaches and public land within 300 metres of the coast (including Whangārei Harbour) and Whangārei’s central business district.

There are also bans in place for six suburbs within the urban boundaries of our District as well as six coastal villages. 

Maps of where liquor bans are in force can be found within the Alcohol Control Areas document.   

This bylaw is about the public places in the District that Council owns or manages.  It is in place to:

  • protect the public from nuisance
  • support public health and safety and
  • minimise the potential for offensive behaviour.

It includes restrictions on horses in public places.

The bylaw also controls any trading and event activities in public places in the District, including in the central business district and the Town Basin.

Council adopted an amendment to clause 19 of the Public Places Bylaw in relation to ‘Structures and Living Accommodation in Public Places’. The amendment came into force on 26 February 2021. 

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In most cases, Council makes bylaws under the Local Government Act 2002.

Local Government Act 2002