Animal factsheets

Following on from the 2016 review of the Wellington Consolidated Bylaw 2008, Part 2: Animals, we have developed a Domestic Animal Policy and factsheets on four animal groups to encourage responsible animal ownership in Wellington.

These factsheets provide advice on caring for poultry, bees, livestock and cats in urban areas. They also include information on responsibilities and requirements under the bylaws.

Caring for bees

Beekeeping is becoming more popular in Wellington. Bees are important for pollinating crops and gardens but can cause problems in urban areas, so good hive management is important. Find out more about being a responsible owner of these pets from our factsheet.

Caring for Bees  (122KB PDF)

Caring for cats

Cats are a popular choice of companion pet for Wellingtonians , WCC supports responsible pet ownership. Cats are not commonly confined to their owners’ properties and this raises the potential for nuisance behaviours and conflict with people and other animals including wildlife.

Find out more about being a responsible cat owner from our Caring for Cats factsheet (113KB PDF) and our Caring for Cats information page.

Caring for livestock

Livestock includes sheep, pigs, llamas, alpacas, donkeys, goats, cattle, and horses. In urban areas it’s easier for these four-legged friends to create a nuisance for your neighbours and other residents. Find out more about being a responsible livestock owner our factsheet.

Caring for Livestock  (104KB PDF)

Caring for poultry

Wellingtonians may keep chickens and other poultry in urban areas for their eggs, and as pets. Poultry includes chickens, ducks, geese, roosters, swans, quails and peacocks. Find out more about being a responsible poultry owner from our factsheet.

Caring for Poultry (123KB PDF)