Freedom Camping Bylaw Feedback

Status: Open

Closes: 5pm Friday 4 September. Late submissions will not be accepted.

The Freedom Camping Bylaw already provides the following restrictions for freedom campers in New Plymouth District:

  • All freedom camping prohibited at Fitzroy Beach car park, Oakura Beach front, East End Beach front, Kawaroa car park, and the Waiwhakaiho River Mouth;
  • Self-contained freedom campers are permitted to freedom camp at the same location for no more than three periods of up to 24 hours in a 30 day period;
  • Non-self-contained freedom campers are permitted to freedom camp in 15 carparks within the district – these are:Battiscombe Terrace (six carparks), Corbett Park (five carparks), Lake Rotomanu (four carparks);
  • Non-self-contained freedom campers are allowed to freedom camp at the same location for no more than one period of 24 hours in a 30 day period; and
  • Tents and other temporary structures are prohibited.

Under the Freedom Camping Act 2011, the Council is allowed to put restrictions for freedom camping in place in the district, if it is satisfied that the bylaw restrictions are necessary to:

  • Protect the area;
  • Protect the health and safety of people who may visit the area, and
  • Protect access to the area.

The Council is proposing to amend the Freedom Camping Bylaw, to incorporate the 2019/20 temporary freedom camping prohibitions as permanent prohibitions at:

  • Tongaporutu;
  • Battiscombe Terrace, Waitara; and
  • Corbett Park, Oakura.

Including the 2019/20 temporary prohibitions as permanent freedom camping prohibitions in the Freedom Camping Bylaw would protect public access to these areas, protect the health and safety of people who visit the areas and protect the environment within the local authority areas. The rest of the Bylaw would remain unchanged.

Below you will find the proposed Freedom Camping Bylaw, the online survey and the statement of proposal which includes a printable feedback form.