Public Places Bylaw review 2017

Status Closed
Start date 30 October 2017
Closed date 7 December 2017

Courtenay Place


About the review

The Council is reviewing issues relating to public places in Wellington. These are governed by the Public Places Bylaw.

The bylaw is reviewed every 10 years.

As part of the review, we are also proposing to restructure the bylaw to make it easier for people to access the information relevant to them.

This is a summary of the proposed changes:

  • Extend the Evans Bay freedom camping site 
  • Amend powers to manage damage to public places 
  • Clarify that informal or casual play on Council grounds does not require prior Council approval 
  • Highlight the existing offence to deposit a cigarette butt outside of a provided receptacle in any public place 
  • Ensure the bylaw is fit for purpose 
  • Ensure the offences and breaches of the bylaw are clearly identifiable 
  • Update the meaning and interpretation of definitions and a number of provisions 
  • Make minor clarifications and remove outdated references

Proposal document

Alternatively, the document is available from:


To give the Council your feedback, read the proposal document above and complete the submission form below. 

The deadline for feedback is 5pm on Thursday 7 December 2017.

What happened to this consultation?

Wellington City Council sought your feedback on our review of the Public Places Bylaw and issues relating to public places in Wellington.

Proposal document

Next steps

  • December 2017–February 2018: The final report of the Public Places Bylaw Review 2017 will be considered by the City Strategy Committee, with the Council making a decision whether to adopt the proposed changes.
  • March–April 2018: The bylaw will be adopted and comes into force.