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Dog Management Bylaw

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This page contains a summary of our Dog Management Bylaw and a link to the full version of it.
Updated: 5/02/2019 11:03 a.m.

Our Dog Management Bylaw and Dog Management Policy aim to meet the needs of responsible dog owners and for people of all ages to feel safe during any interaction with dogs.

The bylaw also covers the responsibilities of dog owners to provide appropriate shelter and to control their dogs in public places to prevent wandering and fouling.

Summary of bylaw

  • the control of dogs in public places is contained in a dedicated clause (dog ban areas, leash control areas and dog exercise areas)
  • rules about dog fouling, menacing dogs, hearing procedures, infringement notices and impounding fees
  • control and care of dogs on private property, signs and euthanasia
  • schedules and maps of places in the district where dogs are allowed or banned.

Dogs on beaches

You can exercise your dog on most beaches in the district, however your dog must be under continuous and effective control at all times. 

For more information on where you can exercise your dogs, please follow the link below:

Dogs on Beaches Ban Areas

There are all year round ban areas at some coastal locations for conservation purposes, which includes the following ban areas:

  • Bland Bay/Teparapara
  • Bream Head/Ocean Beach
  • Matapouri estuaries
  • Mimiwhangata Coastal Park
  • Ngunguru Sandspt Coast/Horahora
  • One Tree Point
  • Ruakaka
  • Waipu
  • Whananaki    

For more information on where you cannot exercise your dogs, please follow the link below:

Summer time beach ban and year round exercise areas

Additionally, except for year round exercise areas at Ruakaka North and Uretiti, dogs are banned from all beaches between 9am and 5pm from 20 December to 31 January.

To view the full version of the bylaw, follow the link below.

Dog Management Bylaw 2013 [1.36mb]

For information about our Dog Management Policy, follow the link below.



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