Plan Change 44 – Temporary Events

The Resource Management Act 1991 (the Act) requires a review of all District Plan provisions to be commenced within 10 years of their enactment. Proposed Plan Change 44 – Temporary Events (PC 44) therefore acts as a review of temporary event provisions since their introduction to the Plan in 2009.  This Plan Change also responds to clause 1.4.3 of the District Plan to provide a more functional District Plan.  Schedule 1 of the Act describes the procedure for a Plan Change and the process required to publicly notify any Plan Change. This Plan Change has been conducted in accordance with Schedule 1.

PC 44 seeks to update related objectives and provisions within the District Plan to current best practice standards. These proposed changes are in response to how event organisers currently manage events, issues which have been identified in the evaluation of current provisions, and historic consenting. These changes include:

  • Creating a new ‘General Rules’ chapter (8A) to capture all minor District Wide rules, with the inclusion of a Temporary Events sub-section;
  • Updating temporary event Objectives and Policies to consider more specific temporary event matters and acknowledge the positive influence events can have on communities;
  • Updating rules to be clearer and to provide a tiered consenting threshold for non-compliances; and
  • Adding new rules and associated definitions for event-related camping (overnighting), light spill, noise standards, duration, and high noise levels.

The proposed Plan Change recommends substantive changes to:

  • Chapter 2 (Definitions);
  • Chapter 15 (Environmental Quality),
  • Chapter 25A (Temporary Events) by way of removal; and
  • the insertion of the new Chapter 8A (General Rules), with a sub-section for temporary events.

The proposed changes also seek to update all District Plan references to Chapter 25A, resulting in minor amendments to the following chapters:

  •  Chapter 18: Residential Rules;
  •  Chapter 19: Rural Rules;
  •  Chapter 20: Business Zone Rules;
  •  Chapter 21: Open Space Zone Rules;
  •  Chapter 22: Special Activity Zone Rules; and
  •  Chapter 32: Rules for Noise and Vibration.

All PC 44 material, including the Public Notification Notice, is available below.

 Stage Status Documents

 Notification Documents

 Proposed Changes to District Plan Chapters 


Submissions on PC 44 will be open until 5pm Wednesday 21 February 2018. Members of the public are invited to make a submission via our online submission form here.

Alternatively, submissions may be received by completing the PC 44 Form 5 submission form, and emailing this to  fax to 04 528 2652, or by posting it to:

Level 1 Reception
Civic Administration Building
838-842 Fergusson Drive
Upper Hutt

All PC 44 material, including the Public Notification Notice, may also be viewed at the following locations:



Upper Hutt City Council Offices Level 1 Reception
Civic Administration Building
838-842 Fergusson Drive
Upper Hutt
 Upper Hutt Library 844 Fergusson Drive
Upper Hutt
 Pinehaven Branch Library Corner of Pinehaven Road & Jocelyn Crescent
Upper Hutt



If you would like to discuss PC44 further, please contact the Upper Hutt City Council Planning Policy team by calling (04) 527 2169 or emailing

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Last updated on 10 Jan 2018