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New Animal Nuisance Bylaw takes effect

07 October 2019

Our new bylaw to manage potential nuisance issues that may arise from the keeping of animals, with a focus on bees, poultry and pigs, comes into effect today after a process of public consultation and Council deliberation.

Animal Nuisance 2019

Our Council approved the final text of the Animal Nuisance Bylaw- Ture-ā-Rohe Kararehe Pōrearea 2019 at its meeting last week.

The bylaw’s general points include:

  • People keeping animals must ensure their pets don’t cause a nuisance to anyone;
  • Animals are kept in conditions which won’t pose a risk to public health and safety; and,
  • Don’t let your animals damage other people’s property.


  • Bees may be kept in an urban area provided hives are not within 5m of a property boundary where there is no solid fence 1.8m or taller on that boundary;
  • If there is a solid fence 1.8m or taller on a property boundary, hives can be placed up to 3m from that boundary;
  • The property area is 500m2 or greater;
  • Check the bylaw itself for details on the number of hives allowed for a property of any given size: The larger the property, the more beehives are allowed. Also check the bylaw for guidelines on bee flight path management, swarming/seasonal build up, managing bee excrement; and,
  • Beehives or beekeepers must be registered under the Biosecurity Act 1993 and the Biosecurity (National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan) Order 1998.


  • Pigsties must be at least 50m away from any dwelling, any wholly or partly occupied building, any street or public place, or any place used to prepare, store or sell food for people, or from any boundary with any adjoining property.


  • No roosters or cockerels may be kept in an urban area;
  • Up to six head of poultry can be kept in an urban area;
  • All poultry kept in an urban area must be provided with a clean, well-maintained poultry house; and,
  • Poultry houses or runs must be at least 3m away from any building and at least 2m from the boundary of adjoining properties.

But what about cats and dogs and other animals?

The bylaw’s general requirements apply to the keeping of all animals. However, we have our Dog Control Bylaw to help dog owners manage their pets.

Cats aren't included in the new bylaw because there is already legislation such as the Animal Welfare Act that applies to them.

The Animal Nuisance Bylaw supplements rather than duplicates obligations animal owners and our Council have under a range of legislation, such as the Animal Products Act, Animal Welfare Act, Biosecurity Act, Health Act, Reserves Act, Resource Management Act and our Council’s District Plan.

Say goodbye to the Nuisances Bylaw and the remaining part of the 2004 Consolidated Bylaw

The Animal Nuisance Bylaw replaces the old Nuisance Bylaw from 2005. Potential nuisance issues not covered by the Animal Nuisance Bylaw are addressed in other ways, including our Activities in Public Places Bylaw, our District Plan and Government legislation.

This means we’re revoking as of today the Nuisance Bylaw, which was Part 11 of the Consolidated Bylaw.

As there are now no other bylaws falling under the Consolidated Bylaw, we’re also revoking Part 1 of the Consolidated Bylaw, which contained processes and definitions that were common to all parts of the bylaw. These elements are now contained within each standalone bylaw to make them easier to read and understand.