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Last modified: 06 Oct 2020 10:05am

A woman in a blue hoodie walks with a labrador among a crowd of chickens and ducks  We want to hear from you on proposed rules for keeping animals, poultry and bees in our towns and townships.

As Selwyn’s population grows, especially in our townships, so does the number of pets and animals we have, so the Council has developed a draft bylaw on the keeping of animals, poultry and bees.

The draft bylaw covers the keeping of animals in townships except dogs, which are covered by separate legislation. It aims to protect the public from nuisance, and address public health and safety issues.

It sets rules on the numbers of hives and poultry allowed, and where and how they can be housed.

It would also mean no stock is allowed on properties under 2000 square metres without written approval from the Council.

It covers issues such as nuisance, odour, and noise and will allow the Council to investigate and act on nuisance complaints relating to animals.

In the previous consultation feedback was sought on whether the Council should require people to microchip and de-sex their cats. The Council has reconsidered its position and these provisions have been removed from the draft bylaw.

Submissions are open until 5pm Friday 6 November, and you can request to be heard at a public hearing on your submission.

The Statement of Proposal (which includes the draft Proposed Bylaw), can be viewed at all Council Service Centres and Libraries.

You can read the draft bylaw, and make a submission online at Or you can download a submission form and email to or post to:

The Regulatory Manager, Selwyn District Council, Bylaw for Keeping Animals, PO Box 90, Rolleston 7643.