Our Keeping of Animals Bylaw 2018 enables Tauranga residents to keep animals (bees, poultry, pigs, goats and other stock) on their property as long as they don’t cause a nuisance to neighbouring residents.
We are proposing some minor changes to the bylaw to ensure the current rules are easier to understand, to provide clarity around where you can keep poultry in relation to a dwelling and property boundaries, and to give guidance on the number of beehives allowed in urban neighbourhoods.
Have your say by 5pm on Monday, 17 September 2018
Keeping of Animals Bylaw 2018 (324kb pdf) Statement of proposal (89kb pdf)
This is a formal consultation. Hearing of submissions will take place on 1 October 2018. We’ll use your feedback to propose a final revised bylaw for adoption by Council by the end of the year.
If you have any questions please contact the strategic policy and planning team on 07 577 7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This formal consultation process is the last opportunity to have your say before the changes become law.
Proposed changes to the bylaw, and why we want to make them
Proposed rule: Amend current wording to: Pigs and goats are only permitted in areas zoned rural in the Tauranga City Plan.
Why: To make the current rules easier to understand, and to clarify that pigs and goats are not allowed in urban residential zones.
Proposed rule: Amend current wording to: Bees may be kept on private property unless, in the opinion of the authorised officer, the keeping of bees is causing a public safety or nuisance issue.
Why: To clarify that bees are welcome in Tauranga.
Proposed rule: The maximum number of hives in a residential zone (excludes rural residential) is two.
Why: To give guidance on the maximum number of hives people can keep. Beyond this number, we deem the hives could cause a public safety or nuisance issue.
Note: Alternatively, we could restrict the number of hives based on the size of the section – tell us if you would prefer this approach.
Proposed rule: Chicken coops can be constructed along the boundary line but must not be within five metres from any neighbouring dwelling.
Why: To allow residents who live on smaller sections to keep chickens, but to still maintain a distance that minimises potential nuisance.
Note: these restrictions have been reduced from 10 metres from a neighbourly dwelling and the requirement to be three metres from the boundary has been removed.
Proposed rule: A licence is required if a person would like to keep more than 12 poultry on their property.
Why: To minimise the potential nuisance, and to clarify that no matter your section size, you are required to apply for a licence from council.
Proposed rule: Horses or cattle must be at least five metres from any dwelling, shop, warehouse, factory, workshop, church or school.
Restrictions no longer apply to adjoining premises.
Why: To allow residents who live on smaller sections to keep horses or cattle, but to still maintain a distance that minimises potential nuisance.
Note: this restriction has been changed from three metres from an adjoining premises, and 10 metres from any dwelling, shop, warehouse, factory, workshop, church or school.
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