Keeping Animals other than Dogs
This page outlines the bylaw on the keeping of animals other than dogs in Porirua City.
The keeping of animals is prohibited in certain areas of Porirua City
The keeping of animals other than dogs in Porirua City is controlled by the Porirua City Council General Bylaw 1991 - Part 7.
You cannot keep goats, roosters, cockerels or similar crowing animals in or within 100 metres of the City Centre or Suburban Zones as defined by the Porirua City District Plan.
Poultry, sheep and rabbits are not permitted in or within 100 metres of the City Zone as defined by the Porirua City District Plan. This does not apply to animals kept in an authorised pet shop, animal boarding house or similar animal service premises.
For dog information, use the Council link to Dogs provided below.
The keeping of pigs and bees in Porirua City requires a Council permit. For more information on this, click on the Pig or Bee Keeping links below.
Owners are responsible for controlling their animals
Owners and persons who may have an animal temporarily in their custody are responsible for:
- Keeping the animal under control at all times.
- Ensuring the animal does not create a nuisance.
- Ensuring the animal is properly fed, sheltered and cared for.
Council officers will respond to complaints where animals might be causing a nuisance or danger.
If you live or keep animals near natural bush, native wildlife habitat, protected areas or Department of Conservation controlled land you must take all reasonable steps to prevent your animals from entering onto those areas and destroying or damaging native fauna and flora.
This includes keeping cats locked up indoors at night.
Visit the Department of Conservation website on the link below for more information on this.
Animals must be properly cared for
The Animal Welfare Act 1999 requires animals to be housed, fed and treated in a humane manner.
Report animal abuse to the RSPCA
Report any incident of abuse, cruelty, mistreatment or malnourishment of any animal to the Royal Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) on (04) 389 8044.
Links to more animal information
Porirua City Council links: