Freedom Camping Act 2011

Reprint as at 1 July 2013

Freedom Camping Act 2011

Public Act2011 No 61
Date of assent29 August 2011
Commencementsee section 2

Note

Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

This Act is administered by the Department of Conservation and the Department of Internal Affairs.


Contents

1 Title

2 Commencement

Part 1
Preliminary provisions

3 Outline of Act

4 Interpretation

5 Meaning of freedom camp

6 Meaning of local authority area

7 Meaning of conservation land

8 Repeal of freedom camping restriction and prohibition signs provisions

9 Repeal of transitional infringement offence provisions for local authority camping-related bylaws

Part 2
Where freedom camping permitted

Subpart 1Freedom camping in local authority areas

10 Where freedom camping permitted

11 Freedom camping bylaws

12 Bylaws must not absolutely prohibit freedom camping

13 Review of bylaws

14 Application of Local Government Act 2002 to bylaws

Subpart 2Freedom camping on conservation land

15 Where freedom camping permitted

16 Freedom camping restriction and prohibition signs [Repealed]

17 Freedom camping notices

18 Public notification of freedom camping notices

19 Director-General to exercise powers as if Act specified in Schedule 1 of Conservation Act 1987

Part 3
Enforcement, miscellaneous, and transitional provisions

Subpart 1Offences, defences, and penalties

20 Offences

21 Strict liability offences

22 Defences to offences

23 Penalties

24 Offenders liable for cost of damage

Subpart 2Proceedings

25 How proceedings commenced

26 Who proceedings may be commenced against

27 Issue of infringement notices

28 Reminder notices

29 Rental service agreement may provide for payment of infringement fee

30 Charging hirer for infringement fee

31 Entitlement to infringement fees

Subpart 3Enforcement officers

32 Appointment of enforcement officers by local authorities

33 Appointment of enforcement officers by Director-General

34 Enforcement officers must produce evidence of appointment

35 Enforcement officers may require certain information

36 Enforcement officers may require certain persons to leave local authority area or conservation land

37 Enforcement officers may seize and impound certain property

38 Requirements relating to seizure and impoundment of boats, caravans, and motor vehicles

39 Return of property seized and impounded

40 Disposal of property seized and impounded

41 Protection against claims resulting from seizing or impounding of property under section 37

Subpart 4Miscellaneous matters

42 Relationship of this Act with other enactments

43 Regulations

44 Orders in Council to specify track as Great Walks Track

45 Evidence in proceedings

Subpart 5Transitional provisions for current camping-related local authority bylaws

[Repealed]

46 Purpose of this subpart [Repealed]

47 Infringement offences for camping-related local authority bylaw provisions specified in Schedule 3 [Repealed]

48 Infringement offences for camping-related local authority bylaw provisions specified in Schedule 4 [Repealed]

49 Empowering legislation otherwise applies to bylaw provisions [Repealed]

50 Descriptions of offences in Schedules 3 and 4 [Repealed]

Schedule 1
Great Walks Tracks

Schedule 2
Prescribed forms

Schedule 3
Bylaws breach of which deemed infringement offence

[Repealed]

Schedule 4
Bylaws breach of which deemed infringement offence if resolution passed

[Repealed]

Reprint notes


The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows: