Proposed changes to the beaches bylaw

The bylaw controlling dogs on beaches will be reviewed later this year.

Feedback received from residents on how they want to enjoy Tauranga’s beaches has been used to propose changes to the city’s beaches bylaw.

Tauranga City Council is now asking residents to tell them if they have got the changes right.  

The draft Beaches Bylaw 2018 is about ensuring the community can enjoy Tauranga’s beaches safely and free from nuisance.

The proposed changes include new restrictions on driving all-terrain vehicles on the beach, additional rules around fires, and the potential for Council to restrict use of longlines and kontiki devices, says a Tauranga City Council spokesperson.   

Other changes include requiring council consent for any commercial activity or to erect any structure on the beach. Full details of the draft changes and why council proposes to make them are available at  

Council is asking if the community supports the changes, if they don’t, and/or if they have any other changes they want to be considered.  

"Residents can provide feedback on the draft bylaw by visiting council’s website and completing the online submission form.

"This formal consultation process is the last opportunity for people to have their say before the changes become law."

The consultation period ends on Friday, 15 June.  

"There are no proposed changes around nude bathing, however if the community would like Council to reconsider then they can say so in their submission.  

"Feedback is not being sort about dogs on beaches.

"The dog control bylaw will be reviewed later this year, and residents will have an opportunity to have their say on dogs then."   

Submission hearings will take place on 17 July 2018.

The community’s feedback will be used to propose a final revised bylaw for adoption by Council in October 2018.  

Bylaws are special rules that apply in the Tauranga area only.

Not complying with a bylaw can result in prosecutions, court-imposed fines and seizure of property.

Bylaws are enforced by warranted council staff or contractors, and by external agencies like the New Zealand Police.


@ Capt_Kaveman and @ maildrop

Posted on 14-05-2018 20:10 | By The Caveman

Have to agree with you, get the FOOD vans and other vendors OFF the car parking on the ocean side of the main beach. AND make the TOTAL MAIN BEACH DOG FREE. I, in this little space would like to enlighten the readers of what I see at 5/7am in the morning - every day - from my apartment - (when I am in residence) - DOGS CRAPPING everywhere with the owners NOT picking it up, because at that hour of the morning, they THINK that nobody is watching>> GOPRO is a great thing - I will stick it on social media soon. - SAME dog owners every morning (OH yes some o pick it up - well done.)

Stop it

Posted on 14-05-2018 16:29 | By rosbo

More and more restrictions on how we can use our beaches. Won t be long before we will be stopped from using them altogether

Educational standards

Posted on 14-05-2018 15:52 | By maildrop

I think you mean "feedback is not beiing sought about dogs.." What you put makes no sense.


Posted on 14-05-2018 13:22 | By Capt_Kaveman

are the main breaches with structures on the beach, id like to see the carparks returned to the public and kick the vendors over to the grass across the road

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