Bylaws help to protect the community through setting acceptable standards of behavior to ensure activities in public places are carried out in a safe and responsible manner. They also promote a nuisance free environment and minimize the potential for offensive behavior in public places.

South Wairarapa District Council works with the other Wairarapa councils to create in common bylaws and also has stand-alone bylaws which apply only locally within the South Wairarapa boundaries.

More information on the Wairarapa Consolidated Bylaw and our stand-alone bylaws is available below.

­Wairarapa Consolidated Bylaw 2019

The Wairarapa Consolidated Bylaw is made by the South Wairarapa District Council, Carterton and Masterton District Council pursuant to the Local Government Act 200­2 and all other legislation, powers and authorities enabling the Council to make bylaws.

The Wairarapa Consolidated Bylaw 2019 was adopted on 26 June 2019 and came into effect on 8 July 2019. It is divided into the following 12 parts:

Wairarapa Consolidated Bylaw


Part 1: Introductory

Part 1 includes information that is common to all parts of the consolidated bylaw, including definitions and provisions of a general nature.

Part 2: Public Places (including Parks and Reserves)

Part 2 controls a diverse range of activities within public places to ensure everyone can enjoy them safety. It also addresses damage to public facilities (e.g. roads, grass verges) and activities­­ within public places and reserves which may have an adverse effect on other users.

Part 3: Sale of Goods or Services in Public Places

Part 3 regulates the conduct of people selling goods and services in public places through the requirement to obtain a licence.

Part 4: Prevention of Nuisance from Fire and Smoke

Part 4 controls the lighting of fires to protect the community from nuisance arising from fire and smoke.

Part 5: Water Supply


Part 5 enables Council to manage and provide water supply services and to protect the public water supply network from damage, misuse or interference.

Part 6: Keeping of Animals, Poultry and Bees

Part 6 outlines requirements for keeping animals, poultry and bees, in order to protect neighbours and property owners.

Part 7: Cemeteries and Crematoria


Part 7 enables Council to control and set standards for the operation of cemeteries and crematoria.

Part 8: Wastewater

Part 8 regulates wastewater drainage from domestic and trade premises.

Part 9: Trade Waste

Part 9 regulates the discharge of trade waste to a sewerage system. It includes details of how to apply for a trade waste permit and permits conditions.

Part 10: Traffic

Part 10 sets out the requirements for parking and control of vehicle or other traffic on roads in the district.

Part 11: Speed

Part 11 enables Council to set speed limits of roads in the district, excluding State Highways which are controlled by the New Zealand Transport Agency.  

Part 12: Beauty Therapy, Tattooing and Skin Piercing

Part 12 regulates hygiene standards in commercial beauty therapy, tattooing and skin piercing to ensure safe practices. 

Stand-alone Bylaws

South Wairarapa District Council has stand-alone bylaws relating to camping, prostitution, liquor, water races, dogs and solid waste.



Date bylaw was made

Date of last review ­­

South Wairarapa District Council Bylaw for Camping in Coastal Areas 2009 (incorporating amendments made in 2013)

The Camping in Coastal Areas Bylaw applies to ­­Tora Coast, Ngawi, Ngawi surf breaks esplanade reserve and Te Awaiti esplanade reserve and enables Council to regulate camping in these areas so they can be enjoyed safely and without damage. 

17 December 2009

31 July 2013­­

Prostitution Bylaw 2009

The Prostitution Bylaw enables Council to regulate the provision of commercial sexual services. It sets out restrictions on the location of brothels and signage of commercial sexual services.  

1 November 2009

Not reviewed


South Wairarapa Liquor Control Bylaw 2011


The South Wairarapa Liquor Control Bylaw aims to address concerns relating to potential offending and safety by prohibiting the consumption and possession of liquor in public places at all times.


Not reviewed

Featherston Liquor Control Bylaw 2010


The Featherston Liquor Control Bylaw aims to address concerns relating to potential offending and safety by prohibiting the consumption and possession of liquor in a public place (including while in a vehicle) within the Featherston Central Business District.

4 August 2010

Not reviewed


Featherston Longwood Water Race Bylaw 1936


The Featherston Longwood Water Race Bylaw makes provisions for proper protection and management of the water race and provisions to prevent nuisances and obstructions. It is intended to assist efforts to maintain and enhance the quality of the Featherston Longwood Water Race to help ensure the future of this resource.

20 June 1936

Not reviewed

Moroa Water Race Bylaw 2007


The Moroa Water Race Bylaw is intended to assist efforts to maintain and enhance the quality of the Moroa Water race to help ensure the future of this resource. It includes matters such as conditions of use, Council responsibilities, cleaning, existing uses, extra or abnormal supplies and powers of Council.

1 August 2008

Not reviewed

Water Race Code of Practice


The Water Race Code of Practice is designed to minimise the wasta­ge of water, inputs of containments from various farming and land activities and other adverse environmental impacts to the Moroa and Longwood water races.

A Code of Practice is essential for council to comply with the Wellington Regional Council’s consent to take water and should be read in conjunction with the Moroa Water Race Bylaw 2007 and the Longwood Water Race Bylaw 1936.

16 October 2017

Not reviewed

South Wairarapa District Council Control of Dogs Bylaw 2013


The Control of Dogs Bylaw sets standards and controls that must be observed by dog owners. It includes matters such as dogs in public places, wandering dogs, ownership of more than one dog, and nuisances caused by dogs.

1 October 2013

Not reviewed

Masterton and South Wairarapa District Council Solid Waste Bylaw 2012 (incorporating amendments made in 2019)


The Masterton and South Wairarapa District Council Solid Waste Bylaw ensures refuse is collected and disposed of in the interests of public health in an efficient and cost-effective manner while also ensuring that any obstruction of streets is kept to a minimum. General issues relating to recycling, ownership of the waste stream, refuse storage, litter and waste management are also covered by this bylaw.

1 September 2013

26 June 2019

South Wairarapa District Council