Activities in Public Places Bylaw Review Consultation

Activities in Public Places consultation

Public places are a vital part of our communities. They’re used for a broad spectrum of activities and by a range of different people.

These spaces need to be managed well to avoid:

• conflicts between people or activities using the spaces

• risks to health and safety

• public nuisance 

• damage to land or property.

Cafe outsdie in public placesThe Activities in Public Places Bylaw is the main method that the Council uses to manage activities in public places. It covers activities like busking, outdoor dining on a footpath, damage to public places and Council property, etc.

The purpose of the bylaw is to:

• ensure that safe and accessible public places are provided for the use of everyone in the community by minimising uncontrolled use and occupation of footpaths, access ways and other public spaces

• manage the use of public places, including parks, reserves and beaches to prevent damage or misuse

• manage activities and behaviours that can create a nuisance, intimidate, threaten or impact on public safety.

Our Council is required to review its Activities in Public Places Bylaw 2017 and is proposing amendments to ensure it is up-to-date. We are proposing four key changes:

• Assemblies: Organisers of large-scale assemblies (which are likely to obstruct vehicular traffic for longer than 2 minutes, or involve overnight occupation of a public place, or obstruct neighbouring residents or premises) must notify the Council at least 2 working days prior to the planned date of the assembly.

Public fireworksFireworks: a person can only set off fireworks in a public place if:

· the landowner has given permission

· the fireworks display complies with all relevant rules and regulations

· the fireworks display is managed by a licensed pyrotechnical technician.

• Vehicles: Deleting reference to the use of bicycles and motorised vehicles, as these are road vehicles that are governed by road rules and should not be on footpaths (which this Bylaw deals with). E-bikes and scooters will be dealt with in the Traffic Control Bylaw, which is being reviewed currently.

Devices like skateboards, roller skates, rollerblades will remain in the Bylaw, as these devices are commonly used on the footpath and are allowed on the footpath as long as the use is not reckless, intimidating, dangerous, injurious or could cause a nuisance. 

• General formatting, standard definitions and clauses, and drafting changes: Our Council proposes a number of changes to the current Bylaw’s formatting, definitions (for example, use of the term ‘Council’), standard clauses on approvals, enforcement, offences and penalties) and drafting language so that the Bylaw complies with current best practice and to improves the Bylaw’s accuracy and clarity.

Busking in public placesHave a read here of the full Statement of Proposal.

Submissions can be made in any of the following manners or formats:

• online through our  online submission portal

OR by emailing your completed submission form to

OR by posting your completed submission form to Thames-Coromandel District Council, Private Bag, Thames

OR by dropping-off your your completed submission form at any Council office in Thames, Coromandel, Whitianga or Whangamatā

OR by oral presentation of your submission at a meeting of the Council’s governing body. If you wish to make an oral presentation and you have not already informed us via a written or online submission that you wish to be heard, please contact the Council during the public consultation period to inform us that you wish to be heard.

Please include your full name and email address or postal address in your submission if you want:

• the Council to acknowledge receipt of your submission

• to make an oral presentation – you will be contacted about when and where the meetings for this are taking place.

The dates for the hearing will be confirmed following the close of the consultation period.