The Local Government Act 2002 requires the timely review of bylaws in order to ensure that they are still necessary, that they are appropriate and that they meet the purpose they were designed for.

The Christchurch City Council reviewed and adopted several new bylaws in 2008. Under the requirements of several of these bylaws, an operational policy needs to be formulated, relating to matters regulated by that bylaw.

Such a policy must be adopted by Council resolution, and may include information on application procedures, administrative arrangements, terms and conditions related to the specific application of the bylaw, definition of terms and other guidance information.

The Council has identified several current policies that need to be reviewed in relation to the raft of bylaws adopted in 2008. The review procedure is to ensure the related policy is updated appropriately to give effect to the new bylaw.

With the amalgamation of Banks Peninsula District Council (BPDC) and Christchurch City Council in 2006, some operational policies specific to Banks Peninsula or specific to areas in Christchurch stayed in existence in their respective areas. This has caused some confusion and inconsistency across the communities; the review endeavours to address both the issues of clarity and consistency.

The policies review is also looking at related operational issues/procedures related to a specific bylaw that would benefit from being included in or adopted into its updated operational policy, which may result in some new areas of consideration. 

The Local Government Act 2002 requires the timely review of bylaws in order to ensure that they are still necessary, that they are appropriate and that they meet the purpose they were designed for.