Animal keeping and pests

​​Animal keeping

The rules around keeping animals, especially in urban areas, is controlled by the Waipa District Plan

These rules mainly focus on whether animals are likely to cause a nuisance or not. For example roosters are not permitted in urban areas, and the number of chickens is restricted. Larger animals (excluding pigs) can be kept on vacant sections awaiting development. 

  District Plan - Animal Control (page 29)


Pests such as rats or pigeons are usually the responsibility of the land owner or occupiers when on private property.

We will only become involved if there is a public health issue, or if the problem exists on our land. Some wild pests, such as possums and rabbits, may be subject to Waikato Regional Council​ controls.​


We do not have formal control over cats unless a public health issues exists.

If you have concerns for the welfare of feral or stray cats, please pass the information to the nearest SPCA office.

Page reviewed: 24 May 2017 9:26am