Review of Prostitution Bylaw 2018

The Prostitution Bylaw 2009 expires in April 2019 and must be reviewed.

The Council is empowered by the Prostitution Reform Act 2003 and the Local Government Act 2002 to make bylaws for the purposes of regulating the location of brothels and to regulate signage advertising commercial sexual services.

The RLC Prostitution Bylaw 2009 controls the location of brothels and other commercial sex premises in the district and the content and establishment of signage relating to these premises. The Bylaw also prohibits soliciting or touting for commercial sexual services in any public place.

In particular, the RLC Prostitution Bylaw 2009 prohibits the establishment or operation of a brothel anywhere in the district outside the Rotorua CBD (as defined in a map). Further, consent will not be granted if the proposed location is within 100m of a sensitive site (e.g. school or church), within 100m of another brothel, at ground level, or it would significantly detract from the existing character of the street.

With regard to signage, a sign may not be placed on any building or structure that advertises the availability of commercial sexual services, unless it is the name of a brothel or other commercial sex premises consented to by the Council.

Council is not proposing any amendments to the Bylaw.


How can I have my say:

The Prostitution Bylaw 2009 expires in April 2019 and must be reviewed.

The Council is empowered by the Prostitution Reform Act 2003 and the Local Government Act 2002 to make bylaws for the purposes of regulating the location of brothels and to regulate signage advertising commercial sexual services.

The RLC Prostitution Bylaw 2009 controls the location of brothels and other commercial sex premises in the district and the content and establishment of signage relating to these premises. The Bylaw also prohibits soliciting or touting for commercial sexual services in any public place.

In particular, the RLC Prostitution Bylaw 2009 prohibits the establishment or operation of a brothel anywhere in the district outside the Rotorua CBD (as defined in a map). Further, consent will not be granted if the proposed location is within 100m of a sensitive site (e.g. school or church), within 100m of another brothel, at ground level, or it would significantly detract from the existing character of the street.

With regard to signage, a sign may not be placed on any building or structure that advertises the availability of commercial sexual services, unless it is the name of a brothel or other commercial sex premises consented to by the Council.

Council is not proposing any amendments to the Bylaw.


How can I have my say:

  • CLOSED: The submission period has now closed. Stay tuned to this page for further updates.

    Submissions on the Bylaw are available to the public and the media. This includes your name/organisation (contact details will remain private). 

    All submissions will be acknowledged. 

    Submitters who wish to speak to their submission will be advised of the Council meeting date following the closure of submissions. 

    The submission period runs from 23rd November 2018 until 25th January 2019.

    Submissions on the Bylaw are available to the public and the media. This includes your name/organisation (contact details will remain private). 

    All submissions will be acknowledged. 

    Submitters who wish to speak to their submission will be advised of the Council meeting date following the closure of submissions. 

    The submission period runs from 23rd November 2018 until 25th January 2019.

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