Brothels Bylaw review

Published on 17 February 2021

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On Tuesday Council met to complete the review of our Brothels Bylaw.

They took the decision to revoke the bylaw and instead will use the District Plan to manage the establishment and operation of brothels, effective immediately.

The review considered if there was a need to specifically control the location of brothels, which have been permitted since the Prostitution Reform Act legalised sex work in 2003.

The establishment and operation of brothels, and any signs associated with them, will need to satisfy the same planning requirements as any other business activity in the intended zone or part of the city.

The District Plan is available to view and download at and physical copies are also available for inspection at the Council reception and all Upper Hutt libraries. 

Additional information about the review is available at