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Proposed changes to the Policy on Dogs and Dog Management Bylaw

Proposed changes to the Policy on Dogs and Dog Management Bylaw

Auckland Council reviewed the current Policy on Dogs and Dog Management Bylaw in November 2018 and is proposing changes to improve dog management in Auckland…

What they are proposing

Auckland Council is aiming to make both the policy and bylaw more customer friendly by reducing duplication and introducing more consistency throughout our region.

The main changes they propose are to:

  • standardise the seasonal rules to Saturday of Labour Weekend to 31 March
  • standardise the daily time slot rules to 10am to 7pm
  • standardise the rules on multiple dog ownership
  • review access rules to better protect wildlife in our regional parks
  • clarify the neutering requirements for uncontrolled dogs
  • clarify their jurisdiction on privately owned public spaces
  • promote responsible ownership of ‘menacing’ dogs
  • increase protection for plants that are vulnerable to dogs
  • add reference to the Code of Welfare for Dogs
  • remove duplication from the bylaw.

When you can have your say

You can have your say on the proposed changes from 1 April to 10 May 2019.

What happens next

Auckland Council say they will look at all feedback they receive and make a summary report available on their website and to the Deliberations Panel.

You can attend and observe proceedings of the Deliberations Panel on the findings of this consultation at:

  • 9.30am to 4.30pm on Thursday 6 June
  • 9.30am to 4.30pm on Wednesday 12 June (if required).

Both meetings will be held at the Reception lounge, Level 2, Auckland Town Hall.

More information

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  1. Jennifer Buckley says

    It’s imperative that any changes INcrease not DEcrease access to parks and beaches for dogs with responsible owners. As our population density around the city intensifies, the need for accessible social spaces where people and dogs can mix is essential.