Our role

We provide a range of services for situations involving animals in New Plymouth District. We are responsible for enforcing regulations for animal owners. Some of these services and regulations are outlined below. For complete information on our role see the bylaws section. There is more information for dog owners in the dogs section

Contact us when

  • An animal is causing a problem. If the animal belongs to a neighbour, discuss any concerns with them directly first then contact us. The types of problems that are considered an annoyance or nuisance include excessive noise, strong smells, dust or an accumulation of animal dung that attracts pests and/or insects.
  • There is stock effluent on the road.
  • You are moving stock. You may also need to notify the Police and state highway contractor (MWH ph: 06-349 1139) if the stock will be on a state highway for any length of time.

You can contact us by phoning 06 759 6060 (24 hours a day 7 days a week) or online.

Keeping animals in urban areas

Beekeeping - Bees can only be kept in urban areas if, in the opinion of a Council officer, keeping bees won’t or is not likely to become a nuisance or annoyance to any person or be dangerous to people’s health.

Cats - No more than three cats or kittens over the age of six months can be kept per house in an urban area without Council consent.

Cattle - Cattle may be kept in urban areas provided they are kept no less than 2m from a boundary of any adjoining premises and are not, in the opinion of a Council officer, causing an annoyance.

Pigs - Pigs may be kept in urban areas providing they don't cause a nuisance, aren't a health risk or offensive. Pigstys must comply with the Building Act 2004 and any discharge from a piggery must comply with the RMA and requirements from Taranaki Regional Council.

Poultry - A maximum of 12 poultry are permitted to be kept in urban areas. The poultry must be adequately housed within a secure run and should not cause a nuisance to neighbours. No poultry house or run should be located within 10m of a dwelling or 2m from a boundary. Roosters may not be kept in an urban area if they cause a nuisance.

Dogs - you can keep two dogs in the city. To be able to keep more than two dogs on an urban property (less than 1 hectare) you must apply for consent which requires a property inspection. There is no charge for an inspection.

Ferrets and Stoats - These are not allowed. Under the Bio-security Act it is illegal to buy, breed or keep ferrets.

Read the Animal Bylaw for more specific information and rules.

Horse riding

Horses may be ridden in most areas, but riders need to be able to fully control their horses around people. In urban areas, horse owners are required to remove horse manure.

Horses are not allowed to be ridden:

  • Along any footpath, grass berm or other grassed area in an urban area unless it is a designated horse riding area.
  • Ngamotu Beach (includes the reserve, beach and playground area) at all times.
  • East End Beach to Fitzroy Beach (including the foreshore and beach area located between the Te Henui river mouth to the west and Waiwhakaiho river mouth to the east) from 9am to 6pm daily during daylight savings.
  • Oakura Beach (including the foreshore and beach area located between Ahu Ahu Road to the west and the Oakura river mouth to the east) from 9am to 6pm daily during daylight savings. 

New Plymouth has two areas specifically for riding your horse:

  • Lake Mangamahoe Bridle Path (north side of the lake).
  • Audrey Gale Reserve (right hand side only). 

Removing bees and wasps

To remove unwanted bees or wasps on your property check the Yellow Pages for a registered beekeeper. Contact us to report bees and wasps on public property.

Impounding stock fees (2020/21)

Under the impounding Act 1955 (stock control) the following fees apply:

  • Fee per impounding per owner - $167 plus $7 per stock unit (SU).
  • Poundage fee per impounding per owner (repeat impounding) - $244 plus $9.50 per stock unit.
  • Sustenance fee per stock unit per day - $3.90 per stock unit per day.
  • Moving stock to pound or other place - actual costs.
  • Charges assume a sheep or goat = 1SU, calf or deer = 2SU, dairy or beef cattle = 5SU.