Council, 15 April 2013.

On 28 March 2013 the Christchurch City Council adopted a bylaw that came into effect on 15 April 2013.

The Brothels (Location and Commercial Sexual Services Signage) Bylaw 2013 [PDF, 4.5 MB] 

Purpose

  • restricts where operator-run brothels can locate in the city to certain commercial areas
  • limits signage used to advertise commercial sexual services
  • precludes the operation of any brothel type from multi-unit residential complexes

FAQs [PDF, 48 KB] 


Individual area maps included in the Bylaw

As recommended by the Brothels Bylaw Hearings Panel, the Council agreed not to provide for the location of operator-run brothels in Lyttelton, something that drew strong support from the community through submissions.

As well as regulating areas of the city in which operator-run brothels can operate and imposing limits on signage advertising services, the new bylaw precludes the operation of any brothel type from multi-unit residential complexes.

Small owner-operated brothels (SOOBs) that were already located in multi-unit residential complexes were permitted to remain until 31 March 2014 to give those businesses enough time to relocate.


 Background and timeline

Year Date Action
2013 March

The Council further considered the issue of a commercial brothel area in Lyttelton at its 28 March 2013 meeting. Read the Council officer's report [PDF 45KB] as an agenda item.

Christchurch City Council adopts a bylaw that will restrict where operator-run brothels can operate in the city and limit signage used to advertise commercial sexual services.

28 March 2013: Council decides on Brothels Bylaw

2013 February

The Brothels Bylaw Hearings Panel, on 25 February 2013, reconsidered the issue of an area where commercial brothels could set up business in Lyttelton.

It decided to recommend to the Council that no commercial brothel area in Lyttelton should be provided for within the proposed Christchurch City Council Brothels (Location and Commercial Sexual Services Signage) Bylaw 2013. This recommendation does not include small owner-operator brothels (SOOBs).

To read the Hearings Panel’s deliberations and conclusions of 25 February 2013 [PDF, 165 KB] [PDF 164KB] on an area for operator-run brothels in Lyttelton including maps of options.

25 February 2013: Hearings Panel reconfirms recommendation to remove Lyttelton from proposed Brothels Bylaw.

Council minutes - 25 February 2013 [PDF 15KB]

2012 December

The Hearings Panel’s recommendation made at its July 2012 meeting went to the full Council for its decision on 6 December 2012. At that meeting the Council did not support the panel’s recommendation to restrict operator run brothels to areas within the four avenues.  Rather the Council indicated a preference for areas in the central city and suburban commercial areas (similar to the proposal but amended following public submissions).

In addition the Council decided to ask the Hearings Panel to reconsidered the issue of an area where commercial brothels could set up business in Lyttelton.

7 December 2012: Council asks for Brothels Bylaw to be revised

Council minutes - 6 December 2012 [PDF 180KB]

2012 November

2 November 2012: Hearing panel make a recommendation on proposed Brothels Bylaw

2012 July The Brothels Bylaw Hearings Panel, by a majority decision, has agreed on a recommendation on the proposed Christchurch City Council Brothels (Location and Commercial Sexual Services Signage) Bylaw 2012 that will go to the full Council for its decision.

The Panel’s recommendation to the Council is to restrict the allowable areas permitted for brothels to within the four avenues indicated in the proposed bylaw as amended by: 

a) Applying residential buffers where the proposed brothels areas are adjacent to residential areas.
b) Applying buffers where the proposed brothels areas are located on one side of the road and residential zones on the other side, except where the road is a state highway or a major arterial road.
c)  Applying buffers around schools and early childhood learning centres.
d) Adjusting the brothels area in the Central City to accommodate the Blueprint in the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan.

If this recommendation is approved by the full Council it will require a further round of public consultation as this a major departure from the original proposal that was consulted on in June – July 2012.

The proposed Christchurch City Council Brothels [PDF 5.3MB](Location and Commercial Sexual Services Signage) Bylaw 2012 is scheduled to go to the full Council for its decision on 6 December.

The Hearings Panel minutes [PDF, 165 KB] 27 July 2012, 11 September 2012, 21 September 2012.

2012 June

11 June 2012: The Brothels Bylaw 2012 public consultation (completed)

In 2009, when the Council consulted on the revocation of the Christchurch City Brothels (Location and Signage) Bylaw 2004, it proposed that there not be a new bylaw to take its place. The Council received many submissions arguing against the revocation. Since then the Council has been reviewing the need for a bylaw.

The Council has decided there is a need for a bylaw as many of the known operator-run brothels were located in the Central City and their business premises are inaccessible or badly damaged following the 2011 earthquakes. These businesses may wish to temporarily or permanently relocate to other parts of the city.

The Christchurch City Council is now proposing to make a new bylaw to regulate the location of brothels and signage advertising commercial sexual services. Currently there are no bylaw controls around where a brothel can set up in the city. This proposed Bylaw will provide controls on where brothels, other than small owner-operator brothels (SOOBs), can operate. This bylaw replaces the Christchurch City Brothels (Location and Signage) Bylaw 2004 which expired on 6 July 2011. View more information on the earlier proposal to revoke the Bylaw.

Read about the submission process [PDF, 109 KB].

Read about the 2012 proposed Brothels Bylaw process [PDF, 107 KB].

2012 May

24 May 2012: Proposed Brothels Bylaw to go to go to consultation

2012 March

22 March 2012:  Brothels Bylaw to be developed

2011 September

22 September 2011: Brothels Bylaw proposed by the Council