Proposed Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw

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Proposed new Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw


What the bylaw does

Freedom camping is when someone stays overnight on public land.

The Freedom Camping Act 2011 gave people the right to freedom camp on most public land in New Zealand. This includes council-owned and managed land.

We want to ensure freedom campers camp responsibly and have a great experience while visiting Auckland. This means staying in suitable places, keeping themselves and others safe, looking after the environment and respecting their host communities and other campers.

Council can make a bylaw to set rules for freedom camping on the land we manage, but any areas where we want to prohibit or restrict it must meet the criteria set out in the Act. You can find out more in our Statement of Proposal or on our FAQs sidebar.

Our Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw will set rules for freedom camping in a vehicle on most council land in Auckland to protect:

  • areas that are environmentally or culturally sensitive
  • the health and safety of freedom campers and other users of public space
  • access for everyone to our public places, facilities, and amenities.

The Bylaw:

  • identifies areas where freedom camping is prohibited
  • identifies areas where freedom camping is restricted and sets the specific rules that apply in these areas
  • sets general rules that apply in all other areas covered by the bylaw (including most roads).

Reserve land has been excluded from the scope of the proposed Bylaw. This means camping at Auckland’s reserves will continue to be managed under the Reserves Act 1977. The Reserves Act 1977 already prohibits all camping on reserves unless specific approval is given. You can find out more on our FAQs tab on the right side of the page.


What we want your feedback on

We asked for your feedback on an earlier version of this Bylaw, in 2018-19. After considering your feedback, the council decided to develop a new Bylaw proposal. Now we want to know what you think of this new Bylaw proposal.

We want your views on whether we have the balance right – between providing a safe and enjoyable experience for freedom campers visiting Auckland and protecting our environment, health and safety and access to public space for everyone.


You can have your say on

  • the recommended package of general rules, or your preferred alternatives
  • the proposed prohibited areas, where no freedom camping is allowed
  • the proposed restricted areas, where freedom camping is allowed subject to specific rules (including feedback on those rules)
  • any other bylaw clauses or matters covered by the Statement of Proposal


When you can have your say

You can have your say from 26 October to 5 December 2021.


How you can have your say

Visit the tabs below to:

  • Complete the online feedback form
  • Tell us about your personal experience
  • Register to give verbal feedback directly to the Bylaw Panel, at a Have Your Say online session
  • Ask our experts a question

You can also download the feedback form from the 'Key documents' section in the sidebar and email or post this back to us. Or, please call us on 09 301 0101 if you would like us to send you a printed form in the mail.


Proposed new Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw


What the bylaw does

Freedom camping is when someone stays overnight on public land.

The Freedom Camping Act 2011 gave people the right to freedom camp on most public land in New Zealand. This includes council-owned and managed land.

We want to ensure freedom campers camp responsibly and have a great experience while visiting Auckland. This means staying in suitable places, keeping themselves and others safe, looking after the environment and respecting their host communities and other campers.

Council can make a bylaw to set rules for freedom camping on the land we manage, but any areas where we want to prohibit or restrict it must meet the criteria set out in the Act. You can find out more in our Statement of Proposal or on our FAQs sidebar.

Our Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw will set rules for freedom camping in a vehicle on most council land in Auckland to protect:

  • areas that are environmentally or culturally sensitive
  • the health and safety of freedom campers and other users of public space
  • access for everyone to our public places, facilities, and amenities.

The Bylaw:

  • identifies areas where freedom camping is prohibited
  • identifies areas where freedom camping is restricted and sets the specific rules that apply in these areas
  • sets general rules that apply in all other areas covered by the bylaw (including most roads).

Reserve land has been excluded from the scope of the proposed Bylaw. This means camping at Auckland’s reserves will continue to be managed under the Reserves Act 1977. The Reserves Act 1977 already prohibits all camping on reserves unless specific approval is given. You can find out more on our FAQs tab on the right side of the page.


What we want your feedback on

We asked for your feedback on an earlier version of this Bylaw, in 2018-19. After considering your feedback, the council decided to develop a new Bylaw proposal. Now we want to know what you think of this new Bylaw proposal.

We want your views on whether we have the balance right – between providing a safe and enjoyable experience for freedom campers visiting Auckland and protecting our environment, health and safety and access to public space for everyone.


You can have your say on

  • the recommended package of general rules, or your preferred alternatives
  • the proposed prohibited areas, where no freedom camping is allowed
  • the proposed restricted areas, where freedom camping is allowed subject to specific rules (including feedback on those rules)
  • any other bylaw clauses or matters covered by the Statement of Proposal


When you can have your say

You can have your say from 26 October to 5 December 2021.


How you can have your say

Visit the tabs below to:

  • Complete the online feedback form
  • Tell us about your personal experience
  • Register to give verbal feedback directly to the Bylaw Panel, at a Have Your Say online session
  • Ask our experts a question

You can also download the feedback form from the 'Key documents' section in the sidebar and email or post this back to us. Or, please call us on 09 301 0101 if you would like us to send you a printed form in the mail.


  • We held virtual Have Your Say sessions during November to give Aucklanders the opportunity to give verbal feedback directly to the Bylaw Panel. 

     

    If you weren’t able to attend one of these events but would still like to give verbal feedback to the Panel one-on-one, get in touch with us at freedomcampingbylaw@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz and we’ll see if we can arrange another time for you. The Panel is willing to make themselves available in the evenings and on weekends for these online feedback sessions. 

     

    All ‘Have Your Say’ sessions are held online via ZOOM video conference (you do not need a ZOOM account to participate), or we can arrange a telephone call.

     

    Note: if you just have a question you’d like to ask, you don’t need to attend a ‘Have Your Say’ session – check the FAQs on the right-hand sidebar or visit the Q&A tab to post a question for our experts.

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