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Public Places Bylaw

Council is reviewing the following three bylaws:

  • Public Places Bylaw 2015
  • Objectionable Signs Bylaw 2014
  • Street Users Bylaw 2014

Council is proposing to revoke these current bylaws and replace them with a new combined “Public Places Bylaw 2020.”

The purpose of the Public Places Bylaw 2020 is:

  1. To protect, maintain and promote public health and safety, maintain amenity standards and to protect the general public from Nuisance.
  2. To ensure that Public Places are used in a manner that will not cause any obstruction, Nuisance or damage, or endanger public health and safety.
  3. To minimise the potential for offensive behaviour in Public Places.
  4. To manage, regulate against, or protect from, damage, misuse, or loss or for preventing the use of, the land, Structures, or infrastructure associated with Reserves, recreation grounds or other land under the control of the Territorial Authority.
  5. To reduce the potential for public Nuisance, offensive behaviour, and potential for damage to public and private property caused by excessive or inappropriate consumption of Alcohol in a Public Place, by regulating or otherwise controlling:
    1. The consumption of Alcohol in a Public Place;
    2. The bringing of Alcohol into a Public Place; and
    3. The possession of Alcohol in a Public Place.
  6. To regulate, control or prohibit Signs in Public Places, or signs that are visible from a public place, including Signs advertising Commercial Sexual Services.
  7. To regulate the activities (including the sale of goods and services) of Street Users in Public Places.

Key documents

Draft Public Places Bylaw 2020 (1MB pdf)

Statement of Proposal (3MB pdf)

Full Table of Changes Public Places Bylaw (960KB pdf)

Results of Pre-consultation - Food Trucks (616KB pdf)

Results of Pre-consultation - Skating and Mobility Devices (593KB pdf)

Key changes proposed to the bylaw through this review include:

Key Changes proposed to the Public Places Bylaw 2015, Street Users Bylaw 2014 and Objectionable Signs Bylaw 2014 through this review include:

  1. Change in the name of liquor ban areas from “Specified Public Place” to “Alcohol Control Area.”
  2. Changes to the definition of “Street Use and Street User,” including:
    • Addition of Hawker to the list of activities requiring a Street User permit under this bylaw
    • Deletion of “public gathering”, “preacher” and “street photographer” from the definition on street use or street user so a permit is not required for these activities.
  3. Deletion of the skating device ban that existed in the Feilding CBD.
  4. New requirements for event organisers including a requirement that anyone wanting sole use of a public place, including a park or reserve, must apply to Council for a “activity and event on Council land/roads” application.
  5. Changes to the way that Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are managed, including:
    • a new schedule of prohibited locations for UAVs;
    • removal of permit requirements to fly drones outside of prohibited areas, providing certain conditions are met; and
    • the requirement to obtain a permit to fly a UAV in association with an organised game, activity or event, or for any flight that does not meet the general conditions.
  6. Combining of the permit requirements from the Street Users Bylaw 2014 and the consent requirements from the Public Places Bylaw 2015 into a single permit application process (Sections 10 and 11 of the draft bylaw).
  7. Deletion of a clause that gave Enforcement Officers an unrestricted right to require a street user to move to another location or cease operation immediately, even if they are complying with the conditions of their permit.
  8. Deletion of signage requirements for alcohol control areas.
  9. Removal of the prohibition on pictorial images for signs associated with commercial sexual premises, but retention of the controls around objectionable content.

Make a Submission on the Public Places Bylaw 2020

Submissions were due to close at 5pm on Thursday 9th April 2020. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, Council has extended the consultation period to now close at 5pm on Thursday 23 April 2020.
Hearings, deliberations and potentially the adoption date will also have to be rescheduled. This information will be made available as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Submissions have now closed.