New Dog Bylaw and Policy for the Hurunui

The council has today adopted a revised Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw after the consideration of all submissions, bringing in various changes to dog control in the district.

The Dog Control Act 1996 requires all councils to have a policy on dogs and enables them to make bylaws to enforce a policy.  The bylaws are required to be reviewed every 10 years, so the previous 2008 policy and bylaw were reviewed concurrently and revised versions of both were developed.

The council’s Regulatory Services Manager, Judith Batchelor, says the adopted bylaw and policy make slight tweaks to important issues such as where dog owners are permitted to take their dog.

“A major feature of the policy is the introduction of a responsible dog ownership programme, which aims to reward responsible dog owners with a 30 percent discount on their dog registration fees, should they meet a set of criteria. 

“It also includes minor updates to the areas where dogs are prohibited, required to be on-leash or able to be exercised off-leash.  To enable dog owners to easily access this information we’ve also developed an innovative interactive online map,” says Judith.

The adopted bylaw and policy will become operative from 1 November 2018, with updated signage planned throughout the district to coincide with this over the coming months.

Mayor Winton Dalley says with over 5000 dogs in the district it is essential we have clear guidelines when it comes to dog control and the new bylaw and policy aim to achieve this.

Dog owners in the district will receive a letter informing them of the changes, stating the qualifying criteria for the Responsible Dog Ownership Programme.  All the information on the new bylaw and policy can also be found on the council’s website.