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:
NPDC's bylaws are made in accordance with the requirements set out in the Local Government Act 2002.
The purpose of this bylaw is to control the keeping of animals (including pigs, poultry, bees, livestock and cats) within the district to ensure they do not create a nuisance or endanger health to neighbours and other members of the public; and to regulate the slaughtering of animals to avoid causing nuisance or offence.
The purpose of this bylaw is to protect the public from nuisance caused by smoke from fires and to maintain public health and safety (other than in relation to fire safety, which is governed by the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017).
In addition to the Fire and Smoke Nuisance Bylaw 2020 the Taranaki Regional Council (TRC) transferred its powers under the Resource Management Act to the Council to regulate and enforce Rule 34 of the RAQP. Rule 34 of the RAQP relates to the combustion of waste material within defined urban areas.. Under this rule, burning household rubbish or green waste is banned on sections less than 5,000m² in urban areas serviced by weekly rubbish collections. See the full Regional Air Quality Plan at the Taranaki Regional Council website. Or view the Regional Air Quality Urban Areas map.
Find out more about lighting fires in the New Plymouth district.
The purpose of this bylaw is to facilitate the orderly, safe, and efficient management of cemeteries and crematoria under the control of the Council; and minimise the potential for offensive behaviour in cemeteries and crematoria under the control of the Council.
The Cemeteries and Crematoria Handbook accompanies the bylaw and sets out rules for the use of cemeteries and crematoria controlled by the Council.
The purpose of this bylaw is to promote effective and efficient waste management and minimisation in the New Plymouth District and ensure that waste collection and disposal does not have significant environmental or health impacts, by regulating recycling, ownership of the waste stream, waste storage, waste management and waste collection.
NPDC has adopted amendments to the Freedom Camping Bylaw 2017. The changes to the bylaw come into effect on 14 December 2018, and are as follows:
Self-contained freedom campers can stay a maximum of three nights in any 30-day period at any single location, excluding banned areas listed below.
Banned areas (no freedom camping is allowed):
Non self-contained freedom campers may stay for a maximum of one night in a 30-day period at any of the restricted areas listed below, and must freedom camp in the marked spaces. The available spaces will be filled on a first come first served basis.
Restricted areas (areas where non self-contained freedom camping is allowed):
Camping in tents and other temporary structures on public land is banned in New Plymouth District.
You can read the full bylaw here or collect a hard copy of the bylaw from the Civic Centre on Liardet Street.
Read more about freedom camping in the New Plymouth District on our freedom camping page.
Bylaws in the New Plymouth District Council Bylaw 2008 and 2010
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