Bylaws are rules or regulations we make, under national legislation, that affect how people live, work and play. Bylaws are designed to protect both our district and your rights with the purpose of making our district a safe and healthy place.
Bylaws are broadly made to cover one or more of the following purposes:
(a) protecting the public from nuisance;
(b) protecting, promoting, and maintaining public health and safety, and
(c) minimising the potential for offensive behaviour in public places.
The consequences of not complying with a bylaw can result in fines, seizure of property and remedial action. Bylaws can be enforced by Council staff or external agencies such as the New Zealand Police.
Please note The Ruapehu Bylaw has replaced the Animal Control Bylaw, Public Places Bylaw and Public Health and Safety Bylaw.