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Legislation to keep you and your pet safe

There is local and national legislation that relates to dog and stock control. Here you can find links to the most relevant information.

  • Control of Dogs Bylaw
    This bylaw covers all aspects of dog control in the City including registration fees, prohibited places for dogs, control of dogs and exercise areas for dogs.
  • Dog Control Act 1996 (link to external website, new window) This act is designed to make better provision for the care and control of dogs and any damage they may cause.
  • Dog Control Amendment Bill 2007 (link to external website, new window) The purpose of this Bill is to extend or improve aspects of the Dog Control Act 1996 to help improve dog control and public safety around dogs.
  • Changes to the Dog Control Act (link to external website, new window) This document discusses policy options specifically related to dangerous dogs.
  • Dog Control (Prescribed Forms) Regulations 1996 (link to external website, new window) These regulations prescribe the form of various notices and applications under the Dog Control Act 1996.
  • Dog Control (Microchip Transponder) Regulations 2005 (link to external website, new window) These regulations explain the type of microchip transponder that a dog must be implanted with, and where and how it must be implanted. These requirements are based on the guidelines issued by the New Zealand Veterinary Association and the World Small Animal Veterinary Association.
  • Dog Control (National Dog Control Information Database Levy) Order 2006 (link to external website, new window) This order imposes a levy on territorial authorities in each financial year to fund the costs of maintaining the national dog control information database.
  • Impounding Act 1955 (link to external website, new window) This Act outlines the regulations relating to the impounding of stock and the rights of the stock owner.
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