About the policy
The aim of the Council’s Animal Policy is to encourage responsible animal ownership.
It outlines the freedoms all animals deserve, advice on caring for domestic animals, and processes around the hoarding and ill treatment of animals.
The policy also outlines the roles of the Council and the agencies we work with in the animal sector, as well as providing information around the requirements of the Animal Bylaw.
Along with the policy we have drafted factsheets providing information on caring for four animal groups – bees, cats, livestock and poultry– and tips on what you may want to consider before getting any of these types of animals. They also include links to useful sources of information and organisations.
The Council reviewed the Animal Bylaw in 2016. One of the suggestions that arose out of the consultation was to create a supporting policy to provide more guidance and information for people about caring for domestic animals.
Alternatively, the document is available from:
To give the Council your feedback, read the proposal document above and complete the submission form below.
The deadline for feedback is 5pm on Sunday 16 October 2017.
The submission form is also available in a printable version which you can post:
Printable Submission Form
You can also send us your comments:
- by letter to:
Draft Animal Policy (259)
Wellington City Council
PO Box 2199
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Your personal information will also be used for the administration of the consultation process, including informing you of the outcome of the consultation.
All information collected will be held by Wellington City Council, 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington, with submitters having the right to access and correct personal information.
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Drop in sessions
The Council will hold three drop-in sessions where you can ask questions and talk to staff:
- 12 noon–2pm, Monday 18 September, Committee Room 2, Wellington City Council, 101 Wakefield Street
- 1pm–3pm, Sunday 24 September, SPCA, 140 Alexandra Road, Newtown
- 12 noon–2pm, Wednesday 27 September, Committee Room 2, Wellington City Council, 101 Wakefield Street
- December 2017: The final report of the draft Animal Policy will be considered by the City Strategy Committee, with the Council making a decision later that month.
Phone: 021 227 8702