Council adopted the Activities in Public Places Bylaw on 12 June 2017. It came into force on 1 September 2017. Read the full bylaw here. The bylaw will help us to manage the use of public places, including parks reserves and beaches and to manage the effects and impacts of these activities. The bylaw has been divided into parts to encapsulate specific issues: Public Safety, Nuisances and General Behaviour We need to be able to effectively manage the use of its public places and minimise nuisance including noise, congestion, intimidation and obstruction. This part of the bylaw seeks to address: Gatherings and shared / exclusive use of spaces Recreational activities and use of objects Distribution of material, solicitation, busking, collecting donations and preaching Electric, barbed and razor wire fences Antisocial behaviour Access, damage, misuse, removal of assets/materials (including vegetation) Vehicle Crossings Animals and stock in public places The bylaw puts the responsiblity on the animals' owner to ensure their animal is under control in a public place. This part of the bylaw seeks to address: Livestock and bees Movement of stock in public places (in particular roads) Trading in Public Places The bylaw requires that any person engaging in the sale of goods and/or services in public obtain a licence from Council. This is to: Ensure that the activity fits with the existing features of the public space and its surrounds. mitigate any negative aspects of commercial use of public space. Ensure that the commercial activity does not pose any nuisance or safety risk. Provide the basis for a transparent licencing, fee and rental setting process.