Auckland Council’s Policy on Dogs and Dog Management Bylaw is changing, following consultation from 1 April to 10 May 2019, where more than 8000 submissions were made. The Governing Body decided to adopt the proposed changes to the policy and bylaw at their meeting on 25 July 2019.
The new Policy on Dogs and Dog Management Bylaw will come into effect from 1 November 2019 and the key changes are:
- 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 Council’s 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; and
- amending dog access rules at Glenfern Sanctuary, Muriwai, Long Bay and Whatipū to protect wildlife.