Using public places in Waipā
We want to make sure our footpaths and town centres are accessible, safe and attractive for everyone who uses them. To make sure this happens there are a few important rules in place that regulate how public spaces such as foot paths and berms are used. These are set out in the Public Places Bylaw 2018.
The Public Places Bylaw 2018 requires all use of advertising signs, displays of goods and dining areas on public footpaths to:
- Leave a minimum 2.0m of footpath width clear of all obstructions - more than 2.0m may be required in areas with higher pedestrian volumes
- Only be located immediately outside the property the business operates from
- Be removed outside business hours
- Be removed on request to allow works and maintenance services to be undertaken
The bylaw specifies signs, displays and dining areas should not:
- Be placed on a road carriageway (including traffic islands) or in any location where they may restrict access, create a distraction or other safety hazard, or affect pedestrian or motorist’s visibility
- Have sharp edges or projections, or contain materials that may be hazardous
- Damage or interfere with any public signs or fixtures such as trees and gardens, footpaths, rubbish bins, street lights etc
These rules are set out in the Waipā Public Places Bylaw 2018 on pages 12-17 and 31-36.
You can checkout the Our Public Place brochure for more information or contact Council on 0800 924 723.
The footpath signage rules
The bylaw sets out the requirements for the size, presentation and position of advertising signs on footpaths and verges.
As well as meeting the requirements listed under the general rules for commercial activities in public places, footpath advertising signs must:
- Be no more than 1.0m in height, 1.0m in width or 0.7m in depth
- Extend more than 1.0m into the public space (from the shop front or the kerb opposite)
- Be of sound construction and self-supporting
- Display information in a professional manner
- Be maintained in good condition
- Not resemble a warning or traffic road sign.
Veranda signs must:
- Be structurally sound, and securely and safely attached to the veranda
- Leave a minimum of 2.4m clearance to the footpath at their lowest points
- Be set back at least 0.5m from the kerb edge.
These rules are set out in the Waipā Public Places Bylaw 2018 on pages 12-14, 16-17 and 31-36.
The outdoor dining rules
As well as meeting the requirements listed under the general rules for commercial activities in public places, business owners need a permit to place chairs, tables and other furnishings on the public footpath. The permit can be applied for here .
Footpath dining areas may also include the following street furniture under the following conditions.
Umbrellas and shade awnings:
- Must be of stable design and properly secured so they do not blow over in strong winds
- Must not penetrate or damage the surface of public footpaths
- Must not interfere with pedestrian movement
- May be used to define the boundaries of the dining area and must be used where alcohol is permitted
- Must not exceed 0.9m in height
- Must have sufficient clearance from the ground to allow stormwater runoff
- Must be of sufficiently stable construction to prevent blowing over
- Overhead heaters must be securely fixed and turned off outside business hours
- Free-standing heaters must be no more than 2.4m tall, stable, and located on a flat surface
- All heaters must be located away from combustible materials and must not be placed where they pose a safety or fire hazard
- Fire extinguishing equipment must be kept near to where heaters are being used
- Be placed flush against the façade of the shop they belong to
- Extend no more than 1m into the public space
- Not impede the traffic or pedestrian flow
- Contain no offensive or hazardous items or materials
- May be used in alfresco dining areas
- Must not be fixed to the footpath
- Must be well maintained
- Must be strong, durable and wind-resistant
These rules are set out in the Waipā Public Places Bylaw 2018 on pages 12-17 and 31-33.
Displaying goods on the footpath
The Public Places Bylaw 2018 sets out the requirements for the dimensions, position and content of footpath displays of goods.
As well as meeting the requirements listed under the general rules for commercial activities in public places, displays of goods must:
These rules are set out in the Waipā Public Places Bylaw 2018 on pages 14-17 and 31-32.