Animals and stock
Our Animal Control team focuses on minimizing danger, distress and nuisance to the public, as well as educating animal owners about their responsibilities.
Phone us any time on 0800 WAIPA DC (0800 924 723) for our 24-hour, district-wide service for all dog and stock control calls.
For non-urgent queries, contact our customer support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keeping animals in urban areas
Our focus is whether animals are likely to cause a nuisance or not.
For example, the number of chickens you can keep is restricted in urban areas, and roosters aren’t permitted – but larger animals, excluding pigs) are permitted on larger, empty sections.
For the full regulations, see: District Plan - Animal Control (page 31)
Pests like rats or pigeons are usually the responsibility of the landowner 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 don’t have formal control over cats unless a public health issue exists.
If you have concerns for the welfare of domestic or stray cats, please pass the information to the SPCA office.
If you have concerns regarding feral cats we recommend contacting Waikato Regional Council.
Stock can include any horse, cattle, deer, ass, mule, sheep, pig, or goat.
Council will respond to complaints of stock wandering in public places or on roads where they may cause a traffic hazard. To notify Council of wandering stock, contact our Customer Support team by phoning 0800 WAIPADC (924 723).
Council has very limited powers in respect to trespassing stock on private property. Stock trespassing from one property to another is a civil issue. The Impounding Act 1955 outlines the processes available to deal with trespassing stock. It also refers to poultry and other animals.
Need more information? Check out our Stock Brochure
District councils are not approved organisations under the Animal Welfare Act, so have no animal welfare powers (except for some very limited ones related only to dogs).
Concerns regarding animal welfare should be directed to the SPCA or the Ministry for Primary Industries.