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Have your say

Proposed changes to our Policy on Dogs and Dog Management Bylaw

Closed for feedback

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

This consultation closed on 10 May 2019. Thank you for having your say.

We received more than 8000 submissions during the consultation period. This feedback came via the online form, post and in person at several Have your say events held across the region.


Key feedback themes

The majority of respondents supported the proposed changes to the Auckland Council Policy on Dogs and Dog Management Bylaw.

Some opposed the proposed definition of time and season, while others highlighted the need for accurate signage and clear communication of dog access rules.


Adopting the changes

At their meeting on Thursday 25 July 2019, the Governing Body decided to adopt the proposed changes to the policy and bylaw.

This included:

  • removing duplications from the bylaw, simplifying future amendments to local dog access rules
  • reorganising Schedule 2 (list of local dog access rules)
  • requiring dog owners to obtain a multiple dog ownership licence for more than two dogs in areas zoned as urban under the Unitary Plan
  • applying a standard time and season definition of 10am to 5pm from 1 December to 1 March (in places where there is already a time and season rule)
  • extending our ability to protect vulnerable native plantlife from dogs
  • encouraging responsible dog ownership for owners with dogs classified as menacing because of their behaviour
  • applying a standard lambing season rule in regional parks with stock
  • amending dog access rules at Glenfern Sanctuary, Muriwai, Long Bay and Whatipū to protect wildlife.

What happens next

The new Policy on Dogs and Dog Management Bylaw will come into effect from 1 November 2019.

Read the current Policy on Dogs and Dog Management Bylaw.


More information

Read the hearing documents from the public deliberation meetings – including a summary of public feedback.

Read the agenda and minutes of the Governing Body meeting on 25 July 2019.