Dog Control Policy and Bylaw

Council is reviewing its Dog Control Policy and Bylaw and, we want to hear from you.

The aim of the Policy and Bylaw is to strike a balance between the wishes of dog owners, the welfare needs of dogs and the wider public, and to determine such things as which public places dogs should be allowed to run free or be on a leash and areas where dogs are not allowed.

We'd like feedback on a list of proposed changes but submissions on any aspect of the Policy and Bylaw are also welcome.

Proposed changes to the types of access available to dog owners include:

  • Grazed reserves — on-leash at all times on grazed land owned by Council, excluding the grazed area at Paremata Flats Reserve.
  • Monaco Reserve — off-leash (excluding the playground, where dogs will continue to be prohibited).
  • Titoki Reserve — on-leash.
  • Whakatū Drive Foreshore Reserve — on-leash.
  • Paremata Flats Reserve and Delaware Estuary — change to dogs prohibited on the Paremata Flats planted area and the Delaware Estuary margins and islands.
  • Boulder Bank — on-leash at all times. This is in addition to dogs continuing to be prohibited from the Cut towards Boulder Bank Drive for 4 kilometres, from October to February each year.

These areas are shown in the maps available below. Other proposed changes include:

  • Multiple dogs —remove the ‘Number of Dogs’ section of the Dog Control Policy and instead rely on Council's authority to reduce the number of dogs on premises where they have become a nuisance or may cause injury.
  • Good Dog Owner Policy — remove the Good Dog Owner Policy.
  • Enforcement approach — amend the enforcement provisions to align with current practice.

Submissions have closed.

Submissions closed 28 February 2020.


Council is holding a hearing on 24 March 2020, for those who wish to speak to their submission. Please indicate if you wish to speak on your submission.


Paper copies of these documents are available at Council’s Customer Service Centre and at Nelson Libraries.