Keeping of other animals and bees

Whether you own an animal or are just looking after it for a short time, you must keep it under control at all times and inside the boundaries of your property, and make sure it doesn’t create a nuisance.

Prohibited areas

Pigs, goats, roosters, cockerels or similar crowing animals aren’t permitted within 100 metres of the city centre or suburban zones. Poultry, sheep and rabbits aren’t permitted within 100 metres of the city zone (except if they’re in a pet shop, animal boarding house or another authorised animal service premises).

The rules for keeping animals in Porirua City are set out in the Porirua City Council General Bylaw 1991 – Part 7 Keeping of Animals

Keeping bees

You don’t need a permit to keep bees in Porirua if you live in an urban area, but you do need your neighbour's permission before setting up hives.  To avoid issues with your neighbour don’t stack hives on your boundary. Your hives may be removed if we get complaints about your bees causing a nuisance or danger. See an example of what you could use to get neighbours’ permission in writing

All apiary sites must be registered with the American Foulbrood Pest Management Agency ( under clause 17 of the Biosecurity (National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan) Order 1998.

All keepers of bees in Porirua are encouraged to join Apiculture New Zealand.

Click here to see our full list of fees and charges for Animal Control in Porirua