Bylaws are rules or regulations that are created to control specific activities within New Plymouth District. Bylaws help ensure that our community is safe, healthy and vibrant. Their purposes include:

  • Requiring activities to be licensed; to ensure that activities are carried out in a safe and responsible manner.
  • Informing the community about acceptable standards of behaviour in public places.
  • Promoting a nuisance free environment, i.e. through rules on the keeping of animals.
  • Ensuring that the public can safely use public land.

Bylaws are a useful way of dealing with particular local nuisance problems. They focus on issues that the Council determines are significant enough to pass enforcement options.

The New Plymouth District Council Bylaws are made in accordance with the requirements set out in the Local Government Act 2002.

2017 Bylaw 

We have more information on where to camp in New Plymouth District here.

Our Freedom Camping Bylaw 2017 allows both self-contained and non-self-contained freedom campers to stay a maximum of three nights in any 30 day period at any single location.

Freedom camping is banned in the following areas:
Back Beach bottom car park – at all times.
Oakura beachfront – until 31 October 2018.
Fitzroy Beach car park – until 31 October 2018.

The following restrictions on freedom camping apply :
• Waiwhakaiho River car park – freedom camping banned from the public toilet to the western end of the car park.
• East End Beach car park – freedom camping banned with the exception of six parking spaces.
• Wind Wand car park – freedom camping banned with the exception of two parking spaces.
• Kawaroa car park –  freedom camping banned with the exception of 15 parking spaces.

Bylaws in the New Plymouth District Council Bylaw 2008 and 2010

2008 Bylaws Amended and Readopted July 2013   

2008 Bylaws Amended and Readopted September 2014

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