12 Public Safety
12 PUBLIC SAFETY
This section is made pursuant to Section 145 of the Local Government Act 2002
12.1 Unauthorised activities
(a) no person shall play any game or use any object recklessly or in a manner which may intimidate, be dangerous or injurious or cause a nuisance to any other person or group in that public place, or damage the public place.
(b) no person shall stand on any verandah erected over a public place, except for the purpose of inspection, maintenance or use as a fire exit unless the verandah forms part of a first floor deck for which an air space lease has been obtained from council.
(c) no person shall place, deposit or release, or allow the placement, deposit or release of any animal or bird that has been transported to any public place with the intention for it to remain there.
12.2 Activities Requiring Council Approval
The following activities in public places are only permitted with the prior approval of an authorised Council Officer. Any person who undertakes or permits any of these activities in any public place without Council approval is in breach of this bylaw:
(a) solicitation of any subscription, collection or donation.
(b) distribution of any printed or written material advertising any product, service or entertainment.
(c) erection or placement of any structure except in compliance with any other part of this bylaw.
(d) blasting, crushing or like action, of any rock, stone, earth, timber or other material
(e) leaving in a condition or state of disrepair any wall, fence, or land which in the opinion of an authorised Council officer could cause damage or injury to any person passing.
(f) erection or hanging of any awning, blind or screen from any portico.
(g) setting off any fireworks or explosive material.
(h) planting any tree or shrub
(i) driving or parking any vehicle except in an area set aside for the driving or parking of vehicles.
12.3 Obstructing public places
No person shall cause, permit or allow the following in any public place:
(a) obstruction of entrances or exits.
(b) placement, carrying or leaving of any material or thing, including signage that could obstruct the public right of passage, without the approval of anauthorised Council officer and then only in accordance with such conditions as may be imposed.
(c) any gate or door on property abutting a public place to swing over or across the public place or any part thereof.
(d) carrying out of any work on any motor vehicle except in the case of any accident or emergency when repairs are necessary to allow the vehicle to be removed.
(e) allowing vegetation from a privately owned property to grow over or onto any public place or overhang a streetlight, obstruct or interfere with the free movement of persons using that public place or cause danger to any person or traffic in a public place.
(f) putting any obstruction or projection or structure of any kind in such a position as to interfere with or obstruct in any way the public right of passage, except where permitted by any other part of this bylaw or a Council permit has been obtained. This restriction shall not apply to any verandah or awning erected in accordance with the requirements of the District Plan.
12.3.1 No food business may occupy space on the footpath without a Licence to Occupy - Alfresco Dining in the Ruapehu District from Council.
12.3.2 Council may require within a set timeframe the alteration or removal of any material, building or object placed on a public place in contravention of this bylaw, by giving notice to the owner.
12.4 Safety of obstructions and holes
All obstructions and holes in a public place authorised by Council must be well lit to the satisfaction of Council during the hours of darkness, being:
(a) half an hour after sunset to half an hour before sunrise,
(b) any other period of time when any hoarding or scaffolding within 2.5m of the ground is not clearly seen.
12.5 Damage to public places
Except with the prior approval of an authorised Council officer a person shall not in any public place cause or permit:
(a) damage, interference with, destruction or removal of any grass plot, flower bed, tree, shrub, plant, street sign, natural feature or any inscription or label relating to it.
(b) pollution, damage, defacement or disfigurement; or the application of graffiti, posters or advertising devices to; or interference with any ornament, statue, building, structure, facility or street sign.
(c) damage to any public place, or any work or thing in, on, over or under the public place.
(d) removal any sand, soil or other naturally occurring material found in any public place.
(e) opening of any drain or sewer on, or disturb or remove the surface of, any public place.
12.5.1 Any person carrying out or overseeing authorised works on a public place shall undertake reinstatement of the works to a standard approved by an authorised officer.
12.6 Trading in public places
No person shall, without first obtaining a licence from Council to do so, use or permit the use of any part of any street, footpath or public place other than where it is directly related to an adjacent retail business for the purpose of:
(a) setting up any stall, or
(b) collecting money, or
(c) busking, or
(d) mobile trade, or
(e) distribution of any food, refreshments, newspapers, periodicals, lottery tickets, or
(f) otherwise displaying, advertising, or offering for sale or hire any product or service.
12.6.2 All mobile shops and itinerant traders are prohibited from the areas listed in Schedule 1 of this bylaw.
12.7 Control of skateboards and similar recreational devices
12.8 Road and building identification
Council may, with the building owner's consent, paint or have affixed on a conspicuous part of a building, the name of the road or public place to which it has frontage.
12.8.1 Whether or not a building or property is identified by other means, the owner or occupier of every building or group of buildings forming part of a complex or of a property, shall mark such building and or complex with numbers no less than 50mm in height for residential buildings and not less than 150mm in height for all other buildings. Numbers shall be allocated or approved by an authorised Council officer and displayed in a position so as to be easily visible to both drivers and pedestrians.
12.8.2 Numbers required by 12.8.1 shall be maintained by the owner or occupier in such a manner as to easily identify the property at all times.
12.9 Freedom Camping
Freedom Camping is permitted in any local authority area (except those stated in Schedule 3), in certified, self-contained vehicles only, and is subject to compliance with other provisions of this Bylaw.
12.9.1 Freedom camping in any vehicle, caravan, tent or other temporary structure which does not comply with 1.9(a) is prohibited.