Regulatory Systems

Bylaw Review Programme, Auckland Council

A major review of bylaws by Auckland Council resulted in 32 citizen-centric, outcome-focused bylaws. These regulatory changes will help the council respond more effectively to complex problems in Auckland.

The Council had inherited158 ‘legacy’ bylaws from the eight former local councils which were ambiguous, unconnected and poorly enforced. The Programme set principles from the outset and included individual reviews on everything from dogs and alcohol, to the social aspects of managing waste, water and signage, to health and hygiene.

The bylaws were reviewed and co-designed with key stakeholders at more than 1000 local board public meetings, hearings and information events. Many of the bylaws developed are exemplars for other local authorities and may become national regulations.