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New Direction for Dog Control

Southland District Council has approved its new Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw.

Mayor Gary Tong said with 136 submissions received, it was good to see such a strong response, and these views were taken into account.

“Council has a delicate balancing act in terms of ensuring public safety while also providing the ability for people to own and adequately exercise their dogs. A number of really good points came out of the submission process and so some changes were made to the policy and bylaw to reflect these,” he said.

Changes include retaining the status quo at beaches in Riverton, including Riverton Rocks and Taramea Bay, where dogs are allowed on the beach if wearing a leash, removing a proposal for a dog exercise area at Moores Reserve in Winton and continuing to allow dogs on rural roads to be walked off-leash.

Under the bylaw a new discount dog registration scheme will be introduced from 1 July 2017. It will provide financial incentives for fencing and neutering, and responsible ownership behaviour such as good history and microchipping.

Discounts will not apply to working dogs, whose registration fee will be set at the fully discounted fee for non-working dogs.

Another change is the introduction of a multiple dog licence. By the end of June 2016, dog owners will need to have a multiple dog licence if they have more than two dogs on their property (this does not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area).

Council will get in touch with people who will need a multiple dog licence and talk to them about the change. 

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New Direction for Dog Control


Southland District Libraries

Council has eight main libraries and a mobile book bus, and membership is free to all Southland District residents.

You can borrow a book several different ways:

Southland District libraries have material in a variety of formats, including large print, audio, dvd, e-books and e-audiobooks.  Most items are loaned free of charge although a small charge is placed on services such as reserves and interloans, and to borrow dvds.

Our branches offer free wi-fi access and computer use.

As a member of Southland District Libraries you may download e-books and e-audiobooks at no charge (external link)

Southland District Libraries


Southland District Road & Water Works

Southland District Council is responsible for public water and waste infrastructure in the Southland District.

This means Council will be required to undertake repairs and maintenance work from time to time. View emergency & planned works here

Council is also responsible for managing nearly 5000km of roads throughout Southland. This means road works to repair and maintain our roads. View current road works & closures here



Southland District Road & Water Works

Manapouri lake freedom camping sign

Freedom Camping Bylaw Make a Submission

Southland District Council’s draft 2015 Freedom Camping Bylaw is open for consultation.

The draft bylaw was written with input from a public survey last month. The results of that survey are available here

Under the bylaw some towns will prohibit non self-contained freedom camping in selected areas, and some will have new designated sites for self-contained camping. The bylaw addresses the Waikawa Domain freedom camping issue, introduces new default rules and is in line with the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association Model Bylaw.

The Freedom Camping Bylaw relates to camping in public places and does not apply to camping grounds or back country camping.

Submissions will be considered by Council on 27 October. 

Download the draft bylaw here [PDF, 4.1 MB]

Make a submission

Freedom Camping Bylaw Make a Submission