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Porirua City Council General Bylaw 1991 Part 15 ( Signs)

Porirua City Council General Bylaw 1991 Part 15 ( Signs)

We are reviewing the Porirua City Council General Bylaw 1991 Part 15 ( Signs) and we want to hear from you.

Porirua City Council is reviewing the General Bylaw and proposing a new bylaw – the Signs Bylaw 2020.  We aim to manage signs within our City so they do not impact on safety, cause a nuisance or have a negative impact on how our City looks.  

What are we changing?

We have added new definitions while others have been reviewed or updated. For example, we have added “Temporary Signs” and “Roadside Advertising” to accommodate election advertising located within road boundaries and located on private property near intersections. We have also amended the definition of “Free standing signage” by reducing the height limit from 6m to 4m.

We’ve provided clarity over rules and how the bylaw is applied.  For example, There were some rules that were potentially confusing and difficult to enforce. We believe that simple rules make compliance easier to achieve, so the proposed bylaw seeks to provide clarity over:

  • What type of sign is allowed on a public place.
  • Sign size.
  • How long real estate signs can remain once a property is sold.
  • The minimum distance of signs from an intersection.

We have up dated the bylaw by adding signs as a permitted activity in public places provided it complies with bylaw requirements.

We have provided transitional provisions to enable existing permissions to continue where there have been no issues to avoid unnecessary disruption to our customers.

We have added new provisions for signs and smokefree public places.

  1. Draft Signs Bylaw
  2. Current Bylaw

How you can have your say

The Council is keen to know what people think about the proposed Signs Bylaw.  Submissions are invited from 9 March 2020 to 5 April 2020.  All submissions are due to the Council by 5pm 5 April 2020.

To make a submission, you can:

Complete the online form at - Consult24You can also download the Statement of Proposal (SOP) submission form complete it and

  • Email us at with “Signs Bylaw 2020” in the subject line.
  • Drop off in person to our Customer Service Centre 16 Cobham Court or at any of our city libraries.
  • Mail by post to: Porirua City Council, PO Box 50 218, Porirua City 5240, Attention: “Signs Bylaw 2020”.

Please include your name and contact details and let us know if you would like to attend a hearing to speak in support of your submission (so that we can allocate you a speaking time).

The hearing will be held on 23 April 2020.

Your Privacy

All submissions are public information. This supports our drive to be as transparent as possible, but, if there are any personal details you don’t want made public, please let us know.

Want to know more

More information about the bylaw can be found on our website on the following link or by contacting Sui Moe at Porirua City Council on 04 237 1412, or email, or write to us with your enquiry to Porirua City Council, P.O. Box 50218, Porirua, 5240.