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Policy on Dogs

Kaupapa mo nga Kurī

The Policy on Dogs helps us keep dogs a positive part of Auckland life by ensuring people can take their dogs to public places, minimising the problems that dogs can cause and ensuring the welfare of dogs.

You should know

We recently made some changes to the Auckland Council Policy on Dogs to improve dog management.
See Proposed changes to our Policy on Dogs and Dog Management Bylaw for information on the decision-making process and resulting changes.

Focus of the policy

The Dog Control Act 1996 requires councils to have a policy on dogs, and a dog bylaw to put the policy into effect.

The policy focuses on:

  • registration and classification: promote dog registration across all of Auckland
  • responsible dog ownership: educate and inform dog owners how to take care of their dogs
  • dog access principles: provide a balanced approach to dog access in council controlled public places
  • monitoring measures of success: annual report to the Governing Body (through a public agenda report) and to the national government as required by the Dog Control Act 1996.

Get a copy of the policy

Animal Management Annual Reports

​For all other enquiries, please phone us on 09 301 0101.

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