21 July 2020
Rotorua Lakes Council is consulting on proposed changes to its Prostitution Bylaw 2009.
People can provide feedback and make submissions from now until 18 August. Consultation will be followed by hearings, ahead of final decision-making.
The bylaw was reviewed in 2018 with consultation undertaken between November 2018 and January 2019 and no changes recommended. However, feedback following that consultation identified options that had not been considered and these now require further consultation.
Five options have been released for consultation:
Option A: Retain the Existing RLC Prostitution Bylaw 2009 with no changes
Option B: Adopting an RLC Prostitution Bylaw
Option C: Option B with changes
Option D: Allow the current Bylaw to lapse, or revoke the current Bylaw
Option E: Revoke the 2009 Bylaw or allow it to lapse, and insert required provisions into the District Plan
Option B is the option recommended by Rotorua Lakes Council as it is considered that this best supports the balance between the ability of brothels to operate within the Rotorua district, and Council’s regulatory function to deal effectively and efficiently with the possible negative effects of prostitution.
The recommended option includes several changes related to:
- Definitions to ensure consistency in definitions across Council policies;
- points of clarification on the location of brothels, including SOOBs (Small owner-operated brothels);
- A reduction in the requirements for starting a brothel;
- Additions related to advertising and nuisance.
Find out more about the proposed bylaw changes and how you can have your say HERE at Council’s consultation platform Let’s Talk/Korero Mai.