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Dog Management Bylaw 2019

Ture ā-Rohe Tiakina Kurī 2019

The Dog Management Bylaw 2019 contains dog owners' obligations around access and how a dog needs to be controlled in public.

You should know

We recently made some changes to this bylaw to improve dog management, including:
  • requiring owners of more than two dogs to obtain a Multiple Dog Ownership Licence in areas zoned as urban under the Unitary Plan
  • 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.

See Proposed changes to our Policy on Dogs and Dog Management Bylaw for information on the decision-making process and resulting changes.

​What the Dog Management Bylaw does

The bylaw implements the Auckland Council policy on Dogs 2019.

The bylaw:

  • regulates the public places where dogs may be taken by their owner
  • requires owner of multiple dogs to obtain a licence
  • requires owners to pick up after their dog when it defecates in any public places or premise
    prohibits the owner of any female dog in season to take that dog into any public place
    requires owners to neuter their dog if it not has not been under control on more than one occasion
    provides a review process for owners of dogs classified as menacing due to behaviour.

Dog owners also have obligations under national legislation. To find out more about those see A guide for dog owners .

Get a copy of the Dog Management Bylaw

The 2019 bylaw is effective from 1 November 2019. The 2012 bylaw will remain in effect until then.

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