Local Government Act 2002

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Reprint as at 1 October 2008

Local Government Act 2002

Public Act2002 No 84
Date of assent24 December 2002


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

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


Governance and management

Governing bodies and chief executives

Other governance matters



Statements of intent

Monitoring and reporting

Transfer of undertakings

Application of Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 and Ombudsmen Act 1975 to council-controlled organisations



Community outcomes



Protected transactions

Miscellaneous provisions

Closure or transfer of small water services

Contracting out of water services

Joint local government arrangements and joint arrangements with other entities

Parks and reserves

Endowment property

Powers of territorial authorities to make bylaws

Power of regional councils to make bylaws

Power of local authorities to prescribe fees

General provisions applying to bylaws made by a local authority

The Crown bound by certain bylaws

Procedure for making bylaws

Review of bylaws made under this Act or the Local Government Act 1974

Transfer of bylaw-making power


Removal of works

Seizure of property

Powers of arrest, search, and seizure in relation to liquor

Powers of entry

Recovery for damage

Administration of enforcement functions

Powers of enforcement officers

Administration of enforcement may be contracted out

Enforcement of regional council bylaws

Construction of works

Powers of entry

Powers relating to owners and occupiers of land

Default by owner or occupier

Recovery of costs

Compulsory acquisition of land


Water supply

Discharge of sewage and trade wastes

Contributions may be required by territorial authorities

Conditions relevant to requirement for contributions

Development contributions policy

Use of development contributions

Powers to recover unpaid development contributions

Refund of development contributions

Application of rules of Court

Application for removal order

Making of removal orders

Objection to making of removal order

Right of appeal

Compliance with removal order

Application of certain other Acts

Offences relating to water

Offences relating to water meters

Offences relating to water races and private drains

Offence relating to obstruction of enforcement officers and others

Offences by occupiers or owners

Offences relating to property damage

Miscellaneous offences

Offences committed by members and officers of local authorities

Offences committed by members and officers of Remuneration Authority

Offences against Act

Offences against bylaws


Information laid by local authority


Judges not disqualified




Recovery of debts

Powers if local authority not performing

Powers in relation to disaster recovery

Consequential amendments, repeals, and revocations

Transitional provisions


Reprint notes

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows: