Dog Policies and Regulations
Dog Control Act 1996
The Dog Control Act 1996 and all subsequent amendments demonstrate Central Government’s commitment to maintaining a balance between people being responsible dog owners and the safety of the general community from dogs.
Dog Control Act 1996 - link to New Zealand Legislation website
Annual Report on Dog Control 2009 - 2010 - (PDF, 73Kb)
Dog Policy and By-law
In July 2008 the Council adopted its Dog Policy and the associated Dog Control By-laws.
The Policy and By-law provides rules, guidelines and procedures for the control of dogs in public places and supports responsible dog ownership by allowing owners to exercise their dogs off-leash in most reserves and beaches. Leash requirements, exercise areas and prohibited areas as well as enforcement for irresponsible owners are also covered.
Dog Control Policy 2008 - (PDF, 8MB)
Control of Dogs Bylaw - (PDF, 938Kb)