Dog Policy and Bylaw Review

Kaipara District Council is proposing new rules for dogs in the District and invites you to have your say.

Most people have a view on how dogs should be managed. In order to make an informed decision, Council needs to hear from both dog owners and non-dog owners.

Council is required under the Dog Control Act 1996 to adopt a Policy on Dogs and to adopt a Dog Management Bylaw to give effect to the Policy.  The Policy on Dogs sets out the approach Council takes to managing dogs in the District.  This includes setting areas where dogs must be kept on a leash and where dogs are not allowed.  The Dog Management Bylaw is the legal instrument which gives effect to the approach set out in the Policy (bylaws are legally enforceable, policies are not).  In addition, the Bylaw includes rules on picking up dog droppings in public places, wandering dogs, the number of dogs that may be kept in urban areas etc.  For this reason, it is useful to develop and consult on both the Policy and Bylaw at the same time.

Council has undertaken a review of the current Policy and Bylaw and has prepared a new draft version. Council invites you to review this draft and provide feedback (written submissions). This will include the opportunity for hearings. 

This is your opportunity to tell Council which aspects of the Draft Policy and Bylaw you like and would like to see retained when a final version is adopted, and which aspects you would like changed.  In particular, Council is interested to know if the community would like changes to the areas where the rules apply e.g. if dogs should be allowed off-leash in more areas?

The submission period runs until 4:30 pm  Wednesday 10 April 2019.

The following documents are included here to assist you in preparing your submission:

· Consultation Document – this document gives a summary of key facts.  

· Kaipara District Policy on Dogs and Dog Management Bylaw 2009 – this is the current version.  You may want to mention in your submission if there are features that you would like to see retained, but are not shown in the Draft Policy and Bylaw, this could include where dogs maybe off leash, on-leash and prohibited.

· Draft Kaipara District Policy on Dogs and Dog Management Bylaw 2019 – this is the proposed new version which we would like your feedback on.

· Statement of Proposal – this document explains the direction Council is proposing

· Maps of where the rules currently apply – as per the current 2009 Policy and Bylaw

· Maps of where the new proposed rules would apply – we welcome your feedback on these proposed dog access areas.

Submissions can be made online through the online portal, sent by e-mail to, delivered to one of Council’s offices or posted to: Kaipara District Council, Private Bag 1001, Dargaville 0340.

Submission must be received by 4:30 pm Wednesday 10 April 2019.


Online requests 

Kaipara District Council
0800 727 059 (24 Hours)
Phone: +64 9 439 7059


Office hours: 8 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday

Address: 42 Hokianga Road, Dargaville 0310
Address: Unit 6, The Hub, 6 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai 0505

Mail: Private Bag 1001, Dargaville 0340


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