Dog Control Bylaw & Policy

We'd like to hear your thoughts on changes to the Porirua City Dog Control Bylaw and Policy

What's it all about?

In recent years the Porirua City Council have seen an increase in serious dog attacks causing injury to people. We are proposing amendments to the dog control bylaw and policy which aim to improve safety in our city while also recognising that regulation and controls for dogs and dog ownership, including fairer fees for responsible dog owners, will improve dog management and mitigate potential adverse aspects of dog ownership in Porirua City.

What are we changing?

We are updating the Porirua City Council Dog Control Policy and Bylaw for the purpose of:

  • changing the dog owner categories from responsible dog owner to selected owner category
  • revising the dog registration fees,
  • clarifying rules for dog control areas,
  • introducing mandatory neutering for dogs classified as menacing.


The Dog control policy and bylaw outline the Council’s regulations and management plan for dog ownership and recreational dog activity for Porirua City. They are intended to provide for the positive aspects of dog ownership and management while recognising the contribution made to the community and economy of Porirua City.

The Dog Control Act 1996 (the Act) also sets out the legal requirements and controls in place for dog controls and ownership. The Act also outlines what council must include in a dog control policy (s10), dog control bylaw (s20), and the public consultation requirements for both documents.

This proposal provides information to the public on the updates made to our proposed Dog Control Policy, Dog Control Bylaw, and the schedule of registration fees.

Supporting Documents

CTA Public Consultations

Key dates

When What
18 January 2021 Submissions open
21 February 2021 Submissions close
4 March 2021 Submitters present to Te Puna Kōrero
24 March 2021 Te Puna Kōrero deliberates, changes are agreed, and a recommendation made to the Council
15 April 2021 Council adopts the Dog Control Policy and Bylaw

Have your say

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Write to us

  • You can find copies of this proposal at all Porirua City libraries, at our Customer Services Centre at 16 Cobham Court, Porirua 5022, and also on the public consultation page of our website.

    You can have your say in a number of ways:
    • Download a submission form here.
    • Email your submission to: [email protected], with “Dog Control Submission” in the subject line
    • Hand in your submission to our Customer Services Centre at 16 Cobham Court
    • Post your submission to:
      Strategy and Policy
      Porirua City Council
      PO Box 50218
      Porirua City 5240
    • Give us a call

If you don’t have access to a computer, please call our contact centre on 04 237 5089 to request that a hardcopy be posted out to you

Submissions close on Sunday 21 February 2021.

The hearing will be held on Thursday 4 March 2021.

Have your say online - online Portal

CTA Public Consultations

Want to know more

If you have any questions, or would like a little more information, please email [email protected] with "Dog Control Query" in the subject line.

Your Privacy

All submissions are public information. This supports our drive to be as transparent as possible, but, if there are any personal details you don’t want made public, please let us know.