Stock / Bees / Other Animals
Wandering stock can pose both a nuisance and a hazard - especially on our roads.
If you come across wandering stock, please contact Council so that they can inform an Animal Control Officer and locate the animals owner.
Council is making it easy for beekeepers to register the location and number of hives by having an online form that can be completed and submitted. If you comply with the Animal Bylaw in relation to beekeeping you do not need a permit, you just need to notify us by completing the beekeeping registration form.
Animal Bylaw Permit
The keeping of Poultry/Bees/Multiple Cats/Pigs in the Urban Area
The keeping of animals other than dogs in the Manawatu District is controlled by the Animal Bylaw 2014 (759KB pdf).
You cannot keep more than 12 heads of Poultry (excluding roosters), keep bee hives or keep/house a pig in the urban area without having a permit from the Council.
The keeping of Domestic Cats, Pigs and Stock in the urban area is also controlled under the Bylaw to ensure that the nuisance effects of keeping such animals are avoided.
The Animal Bylaw 2014 requires a permit to be held for the following activities in the ‘urban’ area of the Manawatu District:
- Keeping of more than 12 heads of Poultry (excluding roosters);
- The keeping of Bee Hives; and
- The keeping of Pigs.
To make an application to the Council for either of these activities please use the Animal Bylaw Permit form (470KB pdf).
To advise Council of roosters on a residential (urban) property please email us on email@example.com or contact Council.
Other Requirements for the Keeping of Animals
The Manawatu District Plan also contains conditions and standards for the keeping of a variety of other animal species in and around the urban environment, including the Rural Zones.
The District Plan contains specific requirements for activities including:
- Pig Farming
- Kennelling of dogs
- Accessory buildings for the purpose of housing animals (sometimes referred to as Pens housing animals), and
- Milking Sheds
For information regarding whether a resource consent is required under the Manawatu District Plan please refer to the Manawatu District Plan, or contact Councils Planning Team with enquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Owners are responsible for controlling their animals
Owners and persons who may have an animal temporarily in their custody are responsible for:
- Keeping the animal under control at all times.
- Ensuring the animal does not create a nuisance
- Ensuring the animal is properly fed, sheltered and cared for.
Council officers will respond to complaints where animals might be accusing a nuisance or danger.
If you live or keep animals near natural bush, native wildlife habitat, protected areas or Department of Conservation controlled land you must take all reasonable steps to prevent your animals from entering onto those areas and destroying or damaging native fauna and flora.
Animals must be properly cared for
The Animal Welfare Act 1999 requires animals to be housed, fed and treated in a humane manner.
The Council will report any incidents of abuse, cruelty, mistreatment or malnourishment of any animal to the Royal Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and/ or the Department of Primary Industries where appropriate.