General Bylaw review

​​​​​​Collage of  General bylaw key topics.

​​​​What is the ​General Bylaw​?

​The General Bylaw is one way Council can help protect people from unpleasant things. We all want to live in a community that is free from things that cause harm, nuisance and stop bad behaviour in public.

​Why the review and why now?​

We’ve reviewed our existing General Bylaw and now we have some new issues to consider. These come from complaints we receive regularly from members of the public and while none of us want to experience them, we can use a bylaw to help prevent them happening. Things such as excessive noise and odour are common complaints. 

Our old General Bylaw was also complicated, hard to read and doesn’t tackle some of the new issues we now face.​

​What are the main changes we are proposing? ​Cover page of ​General Bylaw consultation document

  • Responsible cat ownership (new regulation proposed)
  • Keeping of bees in urban areas (more permissive)
  • Keeping of roosters in urban areas (more restrictive)
  • Keeping of birds (less restrictive)

There are other changes to definitions and wording for clarity that do not affect the application of the Bylaw.  A summary of the proposed changes can be found in the Consultation document – click on the link below:​​​

​What happens next?

The public consultation period has now closed and we've received approximately 30 submissions. We'll consider those submissions before making final decisions.  If you'd like to read the submissions please click on the links below (for verbal and non-verbal submissions):


The timeline below provides key dates for the General Bylaw review process.
Public consultation opensMonday 3 July 2017
Public consultation closes​​Thursday 3 August 2017
​​Public hearingsWednesday 9 August 2017​
​General Bylaw adoptedWednesday 6 December  2017

For further information please call us on 03 433 0300 or email​​

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