The Council is required to review existing bylaws periodically to make sure they are up-to-date and continue to meet the needs of the community and the Council.

Recently completed bylaw reviews


Freedom Camping Bylaw 2015

Amendments to the Council's Freedom Camping Bylaw came into effect 1 December 2016.

The amended Bylaw:

  • Bans all non-self-contained freedom camping (e.g. freedom camping in cars or tents) throughout the Christchurch district
  • Allows certified self-contained freedom camping without a time restriction in the district’s rural zones.

From 1 December 2016, the following previously designated non-self-contained freedom camping sites closed to all camping:

  • Lower Styx River car park
  • Windsort Park car park
  • Addington Reserve car park
  • Part of the French Farm foreshore 
  • Part of the Wainui foreshore.

In addition, the Council closed two small areas of the Wainui and French Farm foreshores previously restricted to self-contained camping only.

Further details can be found in the Freedom Camping Bylaw 2015 and under Camping.