Hi A bylaw is a rule or regulation made by a local authority, such as the Upper Hutt City Council.

Bylaws protect both our city and your rights. They are there to make our city 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:
(c) minimising the potential for offensive behaviour in public places.

The consequences of not complying with a rule 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.

 The Local Government Act 2002 empowers the Council to make bylaws. The Act stipulates that the Council must first determine that a bylaw is the most appropriate way of addressing the particular problem and it then prescribes a procedure for making a bylaw. Council also has to review its bylaws every ten years.

Current bylaws used by Upper Hutt City Council are listed below - click on a link to view the bylaw in PDF format.

Brothels Bylaw(PDF, 63KB)

Control of Temporary Signs Bylaw(PDF, 4MB)

Dog Control Bylaw(PDF, 229KB)

Hutt Valley Trade Wastes Bylaw(PDF, 516KB)

Keeping of stock, poultry and bees(PDF, 91KB)

Liquor control (Central Area) Bylaw(PDF, 671KB)

Prevention of Nuisance from Fires and Smoke Bylaw(PDF, 162KB)

Public Places Bylaw(PDF, 209KB)

Silverstream Liquor Control Bylaw(PDF, 2MB)

Speed Limits Bylaw(PDF, 850KB)

Traffic and Parking Bylaw(PDF, 433KB)

Unoccupied Commercial Premises Bylaw(PDF, 238KB)

Water Supply Bylaw(PDF, 606KB)

In early-2020 Upper Hutt City Council reviewed its Water Supply Bylaw. For more information on this visit the Water Supply Bylaw review webpage