Bylaw for Standards of Camping on Private Property - Ngā tikanga noho pūpahi

This bylaw aims to prevent people from creating nuisances on private property which can lead to increases in public health risk or reduce the ability of the public to go about their business; and allow the general public quiet enjoyment of their properties and of public amenities.

We consulted on this bylaw in September and October 2015. To view what we proposed along with the submissions that Council received, head to our consultation portal.

The consultation period for this proposed bylaw closed at 4pm on 19 October. Hearings were held on 12 November 2015. Council considered the final amendments for adoption on 9 December. The new bylaw is effective from 14 December 2015, in time for the busy summer period.

The bylaw allows people to enjoy a classic Kiwi camping holiday without negatively impacting on their neighbours or the public when it comes to sanitation. For other rules that might affect camping on private property, see our web pages on Noise Control, Littering and our Nuisance Bylaw.

This bylaw does not cover people who charge for camping on private land. National regulations, called Camping-Grounds Regulations 1985 (available at www.legislation.govt.nz) cover these campers.


1. TITLE

1.1. This bylaw is the Thames-Coromandel District Council Bylaw for Standards of Camping on Private Property.

2. SCOPE AND PURPOSE

2.1. The Local Government Act 2002 provides for the making of bylaws to protect the public from nuisance, and to protect, promote and maintain public health and safety.

2.2. The purpose of this bylaw is to -

  • prevent people from creating nuisances on private property which can lead to increases in public health risk or reduce the ability of the public to go about their business; and
  • allow the general public quiet enjoyment of their properties and of public amenities.

2.3. Where any area of land can be defined as a camp ground under section 2 of the Camping-Grounds Regulations 1985, the provisions of the Camping-Grounds Regulations 1985 shall apply instead of this bylaw.

2.4. This bylaw shall apply to -

a) all private property in the Thames-Coromandel District which is not in the Rural or Rural Lifestyle Zones as defined in the Thames-Coromandel District Plan;

b) persons who are camping; and are not in a certified self-contained vehicle; and

c) which is not otherwise controlled by the Camping-Grounds Regulations 1985 or Reserves Act 1977.

2.5. The bylaw shall achieve that inhabitants of camp sites shall have access to -

a) sanitation facilities that meet the minimum standards prescribed by the Council, and;

b) an adequate supply of drinking water.

3. COMMENCEMENT

3.1. This bylaw comes into force on 14 December 2015.

4. REVIEW

4.1. Review of this bylaw shall be undertaken in accordance with section 158 of the Local Government Act 2002.

5. DEFINITIONS

5.1. In this bylaw, unless the context requires otherwise -

Adequate supply has the same meaning as in section 69G of the Health Act 1956 and refers to drinking water, including bottled drinking water.

Camp site means an area on a privately owned property that is being used for the erection or placement of a temporary living place.

Portable toilet means a transportable, self-contained toilet with a holding tank for the temporary storage of human wastes.

Temporary living place means a cabin, caravan or other vehicle, tent, or other structure intended for human habitation on a temporary or intermittent basis but does not include a dwelling.

6. SANITATION

6.1. Every camp site in the district shall provide or have unrestricted access to sanitary facilities in accordance with the requirements of Schedule A to this bylaw. Those facilities must be within the same property boundary of the camp site.

6.2. The facilities required in 6.1 must either -

a) be connected to a public wastewater disposal system, where the camp site is within an area serviced by such a system, or;

b) be connected to an operational wastewater disposal system, where the camp site is not within an area serviced by a public wastewater disposal system, or;

c) if fulfilled by a portable toilet or portable hand basin, the contents be disposed of appropriately.

7. WATER SUPPLY

7.1. Every camp site shall provide or have access to an adequate supply of potable drinking water, which may include bottled drinking water.

8. ENFORCEMENT, OFFENCES, PENALTIES

8.1. The Council may use its powers under the Local Government Act 2002 to enforce this bylaw.

8.2. Every person who breaches this bylaw commits an offence.

8.3. Every person who commits an offence under this bylaw is liable to a penalty under the Local Government Act 2002.

SCHEDULE A: MINIMUM SANITARY FACILITIES FOR CAMP SITES

Water closet pans or portable toilets 1 for up to 12 persons
Hand basins 1 for up to 25 persons