It’s time to have a say on Auckland Council’s proposed Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw.
The draft bylaw defines the number of sites across Auckland where freedom camping is allowed. Consultation is open from Monday 3 December to Monday 18 February 2019.
View a map of the proposed freedom camping areas and restrictions.
The draft bylaw has been developed under the Freedom Camping Act 2011, which means that the council can only restrict or prohibit the activity at a site if it has robust evidence to do so.
Staff have carried out assessments of over 1000 council-controlled sites, which has led to the inclusion of 422 sites where freedom camping is proposed to be prohibited or restricted across the region.
Councillor Linda Cooper, who chairs Auckland Council’s Regulatory Committee, encourages Aucklanders to let the council know what they think.
“We want to effectively and proactively manage freedom camping in Auckland. Currently, we only have a few old bylaws from past councils, so this bylaw will provide consistent rules across the region and brings enforcement powers,” she says.
“We need to provide enough places where people can freedom camp to meet demand, so that we have less of the over-crowding and nuisance activity that we’ve previously experienced.
“It’s crucial that we have a balanced bylaw that allows visitors to explore and enjoy our region, but also puts appropriate safeguards and regulations on areas that we need to protect.
“A lot of work has been done over the past year, including working closely with local boards and stakeholders, and now it’s time to hear what Aucklanders think."
“You can give site-specific feedback on our website, but it’s important that you provide evidence as to why you think freedom camping should or should not be allowed there,” says Councillor Cooper.
Find out more about Auckland Council’s proposed Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw.
You can also come along to one of our drop-in sessions in February: