The amended Nelson Urban Environments Bylaw came into effect on 1 June 2022.

The Urban Environments Bylaw covers many things that help us coexist harmoniously in our city and neighbourhood spaces.

It includes the management of public health, safety and nuisance, trading in public places, the control of alcohol in public areas, keeping animals on your property, management of reserves, and burials and cremations.

Nelson City Council engaged with the public to seek their views in late 2021 as part of a regular review process designed to ensure the Bylaw is still fit for purpose, serving the community, and keeping up with change.

At a full Council meeting on 10 May 2022, elected members voted to accept some changes to the Urban Environments Bylaw (2015), and address some of the public feedback in other ways.

For more information about changes that were made and adopted along with the new Bylaw on 1 June 2022, go to