Check if you need a licence to keep birds and poultry
Kimihia mena me whai raihana koe ki te tiaki manu me te heihei
Keeping birds and poultry in rural areas
You do not need a licence if you want to keep animals in a rural area.
There are no restrictions on the number of chickens, poultry or other animals you may keep in rural areas and any property over 4000 square metres (one acre).
Restrictions on the type and number of stock or poultry
Some legacy district plans have restrictions on the type and number of stock or poultry that you can keep on a rural property.
Contact us to check if your property has any restrictions.
Keeping birds and poultry in urban areas
You may need to apply for an animal licence if you want to keep a large number of poultry.
Number of birds and poultry you can keep without a licence
This table shows the number of poultry you can keep without a licence, as long as it does not cause nuisance issues for your neighbours:
|Properties smaller than 2000 square metres||Properties larger than 2000 square metres|
|Chickens (excludes roosters)||6||12|