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Ture ā-Rohe Tiaki Kararehe 2015

Animal Management Bylaw 2015

The Animal Management Bylaw enables Aucklanders to own animals in a responsible way.

You should know

We're reviewing this bylaw to make sure it meets the needs of Aucklanders, now and in the future.
See the Ak Have Your Say website to find out about the proposed changes to the bylaw and provide feedback.
We will review public feedback and let you know of the outcome.

What the Animal Management Bylaw does 

The Animal Management Bylaw minimises impacts on animal owners' neighbours, protects public health and safety and prevents damage to land and property.

The bylaw:

  • requires every person who owns an animal to make sure it doesn't cause a nuisance or risk to public health and safety
  • specifies responsible hive management standards for beekeeping in urban areas
  • specifies standards for keeping chickens in urban areas
  • limits the number of poultry that can be kept on properties smaller than 4000 square metres in an urban area
  • requires anyone who wants to keep other stock - including pigs, sheep and goats - on properties smaller than 4000 square metres in an urban area to obtain a licence
  • specifies responsible horse riding standards for public parks and beaches
  • requires every person wanting to keep bees or graze stock in a public park to get permission from the council.

Get a copy of the Animal Management Bylaw