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.
When to contact us
You should contact us if:
- An animal is causing a problem. The types of problems that are considered an annoyance or nuisance include excessive noise, strong smells, dust or an accumulation of animal waste that attracts pests and/or insects. If the animal belongs to a neighbour, please discuss any concerns with them directly then contact us.
- 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.
Keeping animals in urban areas
There are rules for keeping some types of animals in urban areas. The main regulations are outlined below, for more specific information and rules please see the Animal Bylaw.
You can keep bees on your property if they are not a nuisance to others and are not dangerous to people's health. There are limits to the number of hives you can keep on an urban property. They are:
a) three hives on a lot size less than 600m2
b) five hives on a lot size between 601m2 and 750m2
c) seven hives on a lot size greater than 750m2.
If you want to have more hives on your property you will need to request permission from NPDC.
Horses may be ridden in some 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.
- Ōākura Beach (including the foreshore and beach area located between Ahu Ahu Road to the west and the Ōākura 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.