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Dog Control Bylaw 2019

The purpose of this bylaw is to give effect to the Dog Control Policy 2019 by prescribing minimum standards for the keeping and control of dogs so as to ensure they do not create a danger, distress or nuisance to the community and to provide for the exercise and recreational needs of dogs and their owners.

The bylaw includes controls for dogs in public places, including specifying where dogs are allowed to exercise, allowed to be providing they are on a leash, or prohibited from. The bylaw regulates the keeping of dogs, including specifying the maximum number of non-working dogs that may be kept on a rateable property without a multi-dog permit. The bylaw sets out the requirements and process that Council will follow for dogs that are becoming a nuisance or injurious to health. The bylaw also outlines the application process for becoming a “selected owner” or to classify a dog as a “working dog.” The bylaw also outlines Council’s enforcement powers under the Dog Control Act 1996 and Local Government Act 2002.

Relevant documents

Bylaw and Policy Review 2019 - Statement of Proposal (1MB pdf)

Draft Dog Control Bylaw - Clean Version (1MB pdf)

Draft Dog Control Bylaw - Tracked Changes (2MB pdf)

Table of all Proposed Changes to the Dog Control Bylaw (308KB pdf)

Results of Pre-consultation on the Dog Control Bylaw (232KB pdf)

Make a submission on the Dog Control Bylaw 2019

Click here to make an online submission, or alternatively download the Dog Control Bylaw Submission Form (246KB pdf).

Dog Control Map

The below map shows current dog excercise areas, on-leash areas, prohibited publics places and new or changing areas where dogs are allowed. This map can be viewed in conjunction with changes 10 - 12 in the below key changes proposed to the bylaw.

Key changes proposed to the bylaw through this review include:

  1. Insertion of a new term “Authorised Officer” that replaces “Council Officer.”
  2. Amendments to the definition of “Under Control” to also include:
    • A dog on a leash that is being held by someone that is physically capable of restraining the dog
    • Under direct control, such as being held; and
    • Being within sight.
  3. Change in the way that dog numbers are controlled in the urban area by reference to District Plan Zones rather than rateable property size and insertion of a one dog per dwelling limit for properties containing more than one house.
  4. Insertion of a five non-working dog limit per rateable property in the rural area (except in accordance with a multi-dog permit) and a two dog per dwelling limit on rural rateable properties that contain more than one house.
  5. Exclusion of dogs kept in boarding, breading and training kennels from compliance with the dog limits that apply per rateable property.
  6. New clauses relating to applications for multi-dog permits, including:
    • matters that Council will consider when making a decision on multi-dog permit applications
    • application on the application form accompanied by payment of the prescribed fee
    • a requirement to allow an authorised officer to inspect the Premises
    • the time limit that authorised officers have to make a decision on the permit application
    • a requirement to comply with any terms and conditions of the permit
    • a requirement to apply for a new permit if there is a change in address or any change to the number or types of dogs being Kept
    • Conditions under which the Council may revoke a multi-dog permit.
  7. Deletion of clauses that duplicate the requirements of the Dog Control Act 1996.
  8. Insertion of new sections that set out the application process for becoming a selected owner, including responsibilities and conditions that relate to that status.
  9. Insertion of a new section on working dogs, including the application process, property inspection requirements and when the payment of an inspection fee is applicable.
  10. Changes to Prohibited Public Places (Schedule 1) including:
    • Deletion of the Feilding CBD prohibited area, except when organised events are on (including the map)
    • Deletion of the Rimu Park playing fields
    • Reference to the “mouth of” the Kaikokopu Stream in the Himatangi Beach prohibited area
    • Deletion of the Vinegar Hill Reserve
  11. Changes to Dog Exercise Areas (Schedule 2), including:
    • the insertion of new dog exercise areas at:
      • James Palmer Park;
      • Rimu Park;
      • Waughs Road (between the Railway Bridge and Awa Street); and
      • the Pohangina Domain (except that when stock are grazing the domain it becomes a dog on leash area)
    • Deletion of:
      • The Manfeild Park skateboard area
      • Reference to “except when stock are grazing the reserve dogs must be on a leash” from the Bartletts Ford Reserve, Menzies Ford Reserve, Londons Ford Reserve and the Rangiwahia Reserve.
      • Amendments to the Vinegar Hill Reserve so that it is an exercise area during the period from Easter to Labour Weekend (over autumn and winter) and an on-leash area during summer and spring.
  12. Changes to the Dog on Leash (Schedule 3) Areas including the following new areas:
    • Johnston Park - except the playing fields;
    • The Feilding CBD (including the described area and map) except when organised events are on;
    • Vinegar Hill Reserve during the period Labour Weekend to Easter; and
    • Pohangina Domain when stock are grazing.