The Public Places Bylaw 2018 provides for reasonable controls to balance public and private use of public places.

Public places provide great opportunities for people to use and enjoy the space around our community together. However, because public land is open to everyone, the competing interests can create obstructions and health and safety concerns. They can also have an impact on the environment or commercial activities on adjacent private land. Regulation helps us manage these concerns.

The Public Places Bylaw 2018:

  • Requires anyone wanting to undertake a commercial activity, including hosting an event or using signage, or to create an obstruction in a public place, to get permission from the Council or comply with pre-set conditions;
  • Enables the Council to declare Special Use Areas to prohibit or allow activities in specific locations, for example the Code of Conduct for Speakers’ Corner in Cathedral Square;
  • Prevents barbed, razor or electrified wire from being used in fencing in a way that could endanger public safety; and
  • Requires the owner/occupier of any building to display the building number allocated by the Council where people can see it.

Public Places Bylaw 2018

This bylaw is made under sections 145 and 146 of the Local Government Act 2002.

1. Short title

  1. This bylaw is the Christchurch City Council Public Places Bylaw 2018. 

2. Commencement

  1. This bylaw comes into force on 1 December 2018.

3. Purpose

  1. This bylaw enables the management of public places in order to balance the various different, and sometimes competing, lawful uses for which public places may be used. It seeks to provide for reasonable controls to protect health and safety, to protect the public from nuisance and to provide for the regulation of trading in public places.

4. Interpretation

  1. In this Bylaw, unless the context requires otherwise
Act means the Local Government Act 2002
Authorised officer means an officer or other person appointed by the Council to perform duties, or give permissions under this bylaw.
Commercial activity includes:
  • trading, which includes selling, hiring, or displaying for sale any goods or services;
  • advertising goods, services or events;
  • street performing;
  • other activities undertaken for payment or reward.
Corridor Access Request (CAR) means an application to carry out any work or activity that affects the normal operation of the road, footpath and grass berm, prior to performing the work or activity.
Council means the Christchurch City Council and includes any person authorised by the Council to act on its behalf.
District plan means the Christchurch District Plan 
Event means an organised temporary activity with set start and end dates, which is set-up in a public place. It may be free or ticketed, conducted for the purpose of attracting revenue, support, awareness, and/or for entertainment, community connection