Dog Control Bylaw and Policy

The Dog Control Bylaw and Dog Control Policy are due for review. We will do this in two stages:

  • Stage One: Your early input (open now). We first want to hear your opinions on some of the known issues we have in various parts of the District, as well as any other issues that we should be aware of.
  • Stage Two: Formal consultation (later this year). Feedback from stage one will have helped us draw up proposals for the bylaw and policy for you to have your say on.
Note: to read the current bylaw and policy, please click here:

Your early input

The current Dog Control Bylaw and Dog Control Policy regulate the keeping of dogs for the health and safety of the public, including leash-controlled and prohibited areas (which are listed here).

We are already aware of potential dog control issues in a few areas in the district, and we'd like to get your feedback on these as well as any other potential dog control issues that you're aware of. When you have read the discussion points below, please click on the survey link to send us your feedback.

Back Beach

We are aware that there may be some public concern that off-leash dogs can be a nuisance in the beach area near the bottom carpark/Herekawe River mouth at Back Beach during the busy summer months.

At present, dogs are required to be on a leash on the southern side of the Herekawe River mouth (down to Tapuae Reserve) from August to April so that birds aren't disturbed during nesting season. However, there are no restrictions for dogs north of the river mouth.

Our options here include:

  1. Make no changes.
  2. Require dogs in the beach area near the bottom car park to be on a leash from 9am to 6pm during Daylight Saving.
  3. Ban dogs from the beach area near the bottom car park from 9am to 6pm during Daylight Saving (with an exception for walking leashed dogs through to access the rest of the beach).
  4. Other options that the community thinks are desirable.

Other beaches

A number of beaches in the district have limited restrictions that are in place to reduce conflict between dogs and people during the busy summer months.

At present, dogs are banned between 9am and 6pm during daylight saving hours from the following beaches:

  • Parts of Fitzroy and East End Beach.
  • Part of Ōākura Beach.
  • Part of Ōākura River/Corbett Park.
  • Onaero Domain and adjoining beach.

There is a year-round ban for dogs at the following beaches:

  • Ngamotu Beach and reserve.
  • Urenui Domain and beach.

Tongaporutu Domain currently requires dogs to be on a leash.

Options for each of these beach areas and domains are:

  1. Make no changes.
  2. No ban or leash control.
  3. Require dogs to be on a leash from 9am to 6pm during Daylight Saving.
  4. Ban dogs form 9am to 6pm during Daylight Saving.

In addition, we could make no changes to the year-round dog ban at Ngamotu Beach and Urenui Domain and beach, or consider one of the options above.

New Plymouth CBD area

We've received requests to allow dogs on leashes in the New Plymouth CBD area. This request is so people can include dogs as part of their everyday life.

At present, dogs are banned from the New Plymouth CBD area at all times with the exception of leash control for dogs being led to and from a residential address in the CBD and dogs being led along Liardet Street.

Our options are:

  1. Make no changes.
  2. Require dogs to be on a leash.
  3. Other options that the community thinks are desirable.

Lake Mangamahoe

At present, dogs are banned from Lake Mangamahoe and the land within 200m of the water's edge. The intention of this banned area is to protect the wildlife that live in and around the lake. We believe this rule is difficult for the public to understand, so we're looking at other practical options for regulating dogs in this area.

In addition, the ban area means that dog walkers can't complete the lake's circuit route. We would like to provide a circuit route that's fully accessible to dogs with their owners.

Our options here are:

  1. Do not provide a circuit route for dog walkers around Lake Mangamahoe.
  2. Provide a circuit route for dog walkers around Lake Mangamahoe including leash control access along the road next to the lake.
  3. Other options that the community thinks are desirable.