Hamilton City Prostitution Bylaw

Closed 18 Apr 2019

Opened 18 Mar 2019


Hamilton City Council (the Council) is seeking feedback following the review of the Hamilton City Prostitution Bylaw 2009.

Why are we doing this?

The Bylaw was last reviewed in 2009 as per the Local Government Act 2002 (the LGA) requirements. The Council is required to review the current Bylaw every 10 years by law. This provides an opportunity for the Council to check in with our community on how the Bylaw is working and consider feedback.

On 14 February 2019, the Council determined that the current Hamilton City Council Prostitution Bylaw is the most appropriate means of controlling the issue of prostitution services in Hamilton City.

Why We Are Consulting


In compliance with the LGA, the Council provides two options. The Council wants to consult on its intention to continue the current Bylaw unamended. If you do not think the Bylaw should be continued unamended, then the Council would like to know why. Tell us your views either way in the feedback form attached.

Retain the current bylaw (the Council’s preferred option)

This means the Council keeps the current Bylaw without making any changes. This means:

  • A brothel must be in the shaded area in the Bylaw map AND at least 100m away from a school, early childhood centre, marae and/or places of worship.
  • A premises providing accommodation (e.g. a hotel or motel) is not considered a brothel if prostitution occurs there under an arrangement initiated elsewhere.
  • No person can offer, without an invitation, sex for a payment/reward on a street, road, footpath, road reserve public place in Hamilton.
  • Only one sign for a brothel is allowed and it must:
    • be smaller than 2m2
    • not have flashing or neon lights
    • not contain explicit or offensive words
    • not contain any images, shapes or models considered sexually explicit/offensive.
  • Anyone who breaches the rules in the Bylaw could be fined up to $20,000 if convicted.

Amend the existing Bylaw

This will mean the Council amends the current Bylaw after it considers feedback through the consultation process.

Scroll down the page to the heading Related to view the current Bylaw.


Please note:
Please be aware when providing a submission/giving feedback/responding to a survey that all responses are part of the consultation process. This means that your name but not contact details may be reproduced and included in the Council's public documents such as the Council agendas and minutes. These documents are available on the Council's website at hamilton.govt.nz