Bylaws are local laws or regulations, enforceable by Council staff or nominated agencies or staff. Most bylaws are made under the Local Government Act 2002. Some other Acts also empower the Council to make bylaws on specific topics, and the bylaws may be supported by accompanying policies.

Bylaws are created to make our district a healthy and safe place, and largely cover health, safety and environmental issues. Bylaws are created to:
· Minimise the potential for offensive behavior in public places;
· Protect, promote and maintain public health and safety; and
· Protect the public from nuisance. 

Council's bylaws cover a wide range of functions. When making, amending or revoking a bylaw, we must consult with the public before making a decision. The Local Government Act 2002 enforces a statutory timetable on when bylaws must be reviewed.

Council has a number of bylaws which regulate specific activities. The General Bylaw (2008) covers a wide range of topics, while specific-activity bylaws also cover activities such as liquor control, speed limits and dog control.

Councils’ bylaws are shown in the table below.

Kaipara District Council Bylaws

General Bylaws 2008

  • Public Places
  • Trading in Public Places
  • Solid Waste
  • Control of Advertising Signs
  • Amusement Galleries
  • Fires in the Open Air
  • Keeping of Animals, Poultry and Bees
  • Cemeteries and Crematoria
  • Public Libraries
  • Cultural and Recreation Facilities
  • Nuisances
  • Skateboards
  • Gin Traps
  • Traffic
  • Water Supply
  • Land Drainage

If you wish to make a complaint about a bylaw breach, or have a general enquiry about any of our bylaws, please contact us on:


Online requests 

Kaipara District Council
0800 727 059 (24 Hours)
Phone: +64 9 439 7059


Office hours: 8 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday

Address: 42 Hokianga Road, Dargaville 0310
Address: Unit 6, The Hub, 6 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai 0505

Mail: Private Bag 1001, Dargaville 0340


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