Keeping of Animals, Poultry & Bees - Proposed Bylaw

Bylaws are rules made by Council under the Local Government Act 2002 (the “Act”). They are created for the purpose of:

  • Protecting the public from nuisance;
  • Protecting, promoting, and maintaining public health and safety; and
  • Minimising the potential for offensive behaviour in public places.

Bylaws are also made to regulate activities such as solid waste and to manage, regulate and protect Council infrastructure from damage, misuse or loss, including the public water supply network and cemeteries.

We've received feedback from a number residents and ratepayers asking us to consider a new bylaw relating to the keeping of Animals, Poultry and

Bylaws are rules made by Council under the Local Government Act 2002 (the “Act”). They are created for the purpose of:

  • Protecting the public from nuisance;
  • Protecting, promoting, and maintaining public health and safety; and
  • Minimising the potential for offensive behaviour in public places.

Bylaws are also made to regulate activities such as solid waste and to manage, regulate and protect Council infrastructure from damage, misuse or loss, including the public water supply network and cemeteries.

We've received feedback from a number residents and ratepayers asking us to consider a new bylaw relating to the keeping of Animals, Poultry and Bees.

The Mackenzie District Council currently has limited mechanisms to control animals in urban areas. Under the Operative Mackenzie District Plan 2004 there is only one provision in the Residential Zones that stipulates that there shall be no breeding, rearing and/or keeping of pigs or bees. The current provisions do not extend to the keeping of chickens and/or roosters, horses, goats, sheep, cattle etc. The District Plan does however cover catteries and boarding kennels as these are commercial operations.

The keeping of animals in urban areas can have adverse effects if unmanaged including odour, noise, damage to neighbouring property and the attraction of vermin and pests. The keeping of animals in urban areas should therefore only be permitted in a way that is acceptable to the wider community.

To ensure the keeping of animals, poultry and bees is well managed in the Mackenzie District, the Council has determined that a new Keeping of Animals, Poultry and Bees Bylaw is appropriate. Before drafting a Bylaw, the Council are however keen to hear your views on how to best way to manage animals, poultry and bees in urban areas.

Taking the survey below helps us create a draft bylaw that reflects the needs of the community. The draft bylaw will be made available for further comment before it is considered for final adoption.