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Proposed changes to our Policy on Dogs and Dog Management Bylaw

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About the proposed changes to the Policy on Dogs and Dog Management Bylaw

​We reviewed the current Policy on Dogs and Dog Management Bylaw in November 2018 and are proposing changes to improve dog management in Auckland.

We are aiming to make both the policy and bylaw more customer-friendly by reducing duplication and introducing more consistency across Auckland. This includes presenting dog access rules the same way for all local board areas.

A summary of our proposed changes

Proposed changes to time and season access rules on beaches and foreshores

We are proposing to make the time and season access rules the same across Auckland. This will be between 10am-7pm from Saturday of Labour Weekend to 31 March.

This proposed change will not change whether or not your dog needs to be on- or off-leash at your local beach. It just means that there may be changes to the current time and season rule.

The time and season rule does not apply to all beaches and foreshores. Your local board decides where the rule applies, and what kind of dog access applies - whether on- or off-leash, or prohibited.

We are also proposing to change the format of the schedule of access rules in the Policy on Dogs to make it easier to identify where dogs can be taken off leash, where the time and season rule applies, and where dogs are prohibited for the protection of wildlife. This change will not affect any current dog access rules, which will still be decided by your local board.

Proposed changes to our criteria for multiple dog ownership

We are proposing that all dog owners who live in urban residential zones will need a multiple dog ownership licence to keep more than two dogs on a property.

This will make the criteria for owning multiple dogs the same across Auckland.

Proposed change to the menacing dog classification

We are proposing some changes to the menacing dog classification to provide an incentive to owners to modify their dog’s behaviour.

The classification will be reviewed and potentially removed for dogs that:

  • have completed a dog obedience course
  • have not obtained any infringements in a 12-month period.

Proposed changes to regional park dog access rules

Currently, regional parks across Auckland have different rules to protect stock during lambing season.

We are proposing to make a standard rule across regional parks with stock. This rule will prohibit dog access to those parks from 1 July to 1 December.

The affected regional parks are:

We have also proposed to change dog access rules at a number of other parks to protect plants and wildlife:

Other proposed changes to our policy and bylaw documents

We are also proposing to:

  • make it easier to make temporary changes to dog rules to protect plants and wildlife
  • clarify several parts of the bylaw around neutering, picking up waste, and dog access in public spaces that aren't owned by the council
  • add reference to the Code of Welfare for Dogs.

See the statement of proposal and our relevant information sheet in the consultation documents for full details of all proposals.

When you can have your say

You can have your say on our proposed changes from 1 April to 10 May 2019.

What happens next

We will look at all feedback we receive and make a summary report available on this website and to the Deliberations Panel.

You can attend and observe proceedings of the Deliberations Panel on the findings of this consultation at:

  • 1.30pm to 5pm on Friday 21 June 2019
  • 12.30pm to 5pm on Wednesday 26 June 2019
  • 1.30pm to 5pm on Wednesday 3 July 2019.

We may hold additional sessions at:

  • 1pm to 5pm on Thursday 4 July 2019
  • 1pm to 5pm on Friday 5 July 2019. 

All meetings will be held at the Reception lounge, Level 2, Auckland Town Hall.

More information

If you need more information, email:

dogsbylawreview@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

​This consultation closed for feedback at 5pm on Friday 10 May 2019. Thank you for having your say.

We are now reviewing all feedback we received. We will present a summary report to the Deliberations Panel before any decisions are made.

Feedback summary

Your feedback will be used to update the Policy on Dogs and Dog Management Bylaw.

Post consultation event

You can attend and observe proceedings of the Deliberations Panel on the findings of this consultation at:

  • 1.30pm to 5pm on Friday 21 June 2019
  • 12.30pm to 5pm on Wednesday 26 June 2019
  • 1.30pm to 5pm on Wednesday 3 July 2019.

We may hold additional sessions at:

  • 1pm to 5pm on Thursday 4 July 2019
  • 1pm to 5pm on Friday 5 July 2019. 

All meetings will be held at the Reception lounge, Level 2, Auckland Town Hall.