Chatham Islands Council Dog Control Policy and Bylaw 2017

The new final Dog Control Policy 2017 and Dog Control Bylaw 2017 are now effective.

The Chatham Island Dog control Policy 2017 and the Chatham Island Dog control Bylaw 2017 are operative and the aim is to outline how the Chatham Islands Council will address the requirements set out in the Dog Control Act 1996.

Reason for the Policy

The Dog Control Act 1996 requires every territorial authority to adopt a policy on dog control matters and to develop a bylaw to give effect to its policy. The Chatham Islands Council Dog Control Bylaw 2017 has been developed with this policy.

Purpose of the Policy

The purpose of this policy is to outline how the Chatham Islands Council will address the requirements set out in the Act.

This policy balances regulatory controls to allow for the recreational needs of dogs and their owners with appropriate controls to minimise the danger, distress or nuisance that may be caused by dogs.

This policy should be read in conjunction with the Chatham Islands Dog Control Bylaw 2017 and the Dog Control Act.  Some part of the Act are reiterated in this policy for the purposes of clarity.

Copies of the Policy and Bylaw are available to be downloaded below or can be picked up at the Council Office, or emailed or posted to you upon request.

Final Chatham Islands Dog Control Bylaw 2017

Final Chatham Islands Dog Control Policy 2017

This policy comes into force on 1 July 2017. This policy must be reviewed at least every ten years, together with the Dog Control Bylaw, or when applicable.