Dog Control Policy and Bylaw


Every council must have a policy on dog control.  While there are statutory requirements under the Dog Control Act 1996 that must be included in every council's policy, there are some matters of discretion.

Our policy provides guidance and consistency for Council, staff and members of the public on the approach to dog control in this District.

Council also has a Dog Control Bylaw, which is used to give legal powers to implement the policy, determine what is considered to be an offence, and the consequences of committing an offence.

2016 review of Dog Control Policy and Bylaw: The Decisions

We reviewed our Dog Control Policy and Bylaw in 2016. You can read about the key issues, feedback and decisions made as part of this review in our Decisions Document ebook.

Dog Control Policy

The objectives of Council's policy are:
  • To provide adequate opportunities to fulfil the exercise and recreational needs of dogs and their owners, including off leash exercise
  • To minimise the danger, distress and nuisance of dogs to the community generally
  • To minimise the likelihood for conflict between dogs and the public or environment, by restricting access for dogs to public places where appropriate
  • To avoid danger from uncontrolled dogs having access to public places which are frequented by children whether or not the children are accompanied by adults
  • To minimise, to the extent that is practicable, the public fear of attack or intimidation by dogs.
  • To actively promote the responsible ownership of dogs
  • To actively promote public safety and education.
You can read the full 2016 Dog Control Policy here.

Dog Control Bylaw

This Bylaw gives effect to the Dog Control Policy for the District. The key matters covered in the bylaw are:
  • Prevention of public nuisance
  • A limit of two dogs for premises in urban and lifestyle areas - owners may apply for a permit to keep additional dogs
  • Identification of public places where dogs must be on a leash or are prohibited
  • Minimum standards for the welfare of dogs
  • Requirements for dogs classified as menacing or dangerous; and
  • Council's impounding and disposal processes.
 You can read the full 2016 Dog Control Bylaw here.

Stock control

For information on the stock control bylaws please see the link below:

Livestock Movement Bylaw 2014  (PDF, 318KB)
Livestock Movement Bylaw - Average Annual Daily Traffic (PDF, 1.53KB)

Dog control policy and practices

Council is required to report annually on its administration and practices under the Dog Control Act.  The report details what the Council has delivered in the past year under the Dog Control Act, including statistics on the number of dogs in the District, complaint numbers and promotion activities. 

You can read the latest report here.

Registered dog 

Page reviewed: 14 Nov 2017 10:23am