Permits to keep animals

Applying for a permit to keep animals

The Keeping of Animals, Poultry and Bees Bylaw 

Council’s Keeping of Animals, Poultry and Bees Bylaw (the Bylaw) regulates the keeping of animals in the district. 

If you want to do something that isn’t permitted in the bylaw, you will have to apply to Council for a permit. To do this, you need to:

  • Complete and return this form [PDF, 157 KB]
  • pay the one-off application fee 
  • ask all your neighbours within 50 metres of the property boundary to sign an affected approvals form [PDF, 159 KB]
  • provide a plan of the location showing its boundaries
  • provide a written statement from your local member of your Community Board advising there is no objection to the application (space provided in application form).

Qualifying criteria

Once you have made your application, an animal control officer may inspect your property and assess it against these criteria:

  • It is appropriate for the type and number of animals proposed
  • steps to ensure sanitary conditions
  • arrangements for exercise, food, water and shelter
  • the animals are properly confined to the property
  • the animals are prevented from damaging neighbouring properties

Granting of permits

Permits are granted if Council is satisfied that the keeping of animals will not create more than a minor effect on the neighbourhood. A permit may be granted even if you are unable to get all neighbour approvals.

A permit is issued to the property, and is transferable in the event that there is a change of ownership of the property.

There is no right of appeal to the decision to grant or decline an application.

Permits are granted with no time limits. A person who is granted a permit can keep the animals at the property indefinitely, provided they continue to comply with the conditions in the permit.

Permit conditions

All permits are granted with conditions. Examples include:

  1. Animals must not cause any noise problems for neighbours
  2. animals receive adequate food and water
  3. sufficient and proper housing must be provided if required by a Code of Practice from the Ministry for Primary Industries.
  4. removal of animal droppings regularly so that they do not cause a nuisance to others
  5. animals must not cause any damage to neighbouring property
  6. animals must not create a nuisance. Examples of nuisances are offensive conditions, or an accumulation of material that may harbour vermin.

When a permit becomes invalid

Once you have a permit, you will need to reapply if:

  • You move to another property and wish to keep animals at your new property, and the animals are not permitted at the new property under the bylaw; or
  • you change the number or type of animals that were granted under the permit.

If you do not meet the conditions in the permit then you may need to remove the animals from the property

More information

Contact an Environmental Health Officer on 0800 732 732 if you have any queries

Permit Forms

Application for permit to keep animals [PDF, 157 KB]

Affected person(s) written approval [PDF, 159 KB]