Dog Policy Review

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Thank you to everyone who gave their feedback in our pre-engagement period. We are currently analysing your feedback and will be in touch once we are at the next stage of drafting the policy. There will be more opportunities to provide feedback as this policy develops.

Why do we have a Dog Policy?

We recognise that dogs can play a positive role in society and provide enjoyment and health benefits for individuals and families. The main purpose of the Dog Policy is to:

  • make sure dog owners meet their obligations under the Dog Control Act 1996
  • make sure dogs are well cared for and Wellingtonians are able to enjoy owning dogs
  • prevent dogs from causing any danger to the public, wildlife and natural habitats
  • actively promote responsible ownership of dogs
  • provide for the reasonable exercise and recreational needs of dogs and their owners.

Why are we reviewing the policy?

The Dog Policy was last reviewed in 2016. There has been an increase in dog ownership over the past few years, especially following the COVID-19 pandemic. This growth means we need to assess whether our dog exercise areas meet current and future demand. It is also an opportunity to check the policy is still relevant and effective for our city.

What next?

Once we have collated your feedback, we will start drafting the policy changes. You will be able to provide feedback on this draft policy when we carry out formal consultation in early 2023.

If you have any questions on the policy you can always reach us at policysubmission@wcc.govt.nz.

Thank you to everyone who gave their feedback in our pre-engagement period. We are currently analysing your feedback and will be in touch once we are at the next stage of drafting the policy. There will be more opportunities to provide feedback as this policy develops.

Why do we have a Dog Policy?

We recognise that dogs can play a positive role in society and provide enjoyment and health benefits for individuals and families. The main purpose of the Dog Policy is to:

  • make sure dog owners meet their obligations under the Dog Control Act 1996
  • make sure dogs are well cared for and Wellingtonians are able to enjoy owning dogs
  • prevent dogs from causing any danger to the public, wildlife and natural habitats
  • actively promote responsible ownership of dogs
  • provide for the reasonable exercise and recreational needs of dogs and their owners.

Why are we reviewing the policy?

The Dog Policy was last reviewed in 2016. There has been an increase in dog ownership over the past few years, especially following the COVID-19 pandemic. This growth means we need to assess whether our dog exercise areas meet current and future demand. It is also an opportunity to check the policy is still relevant and effective for our city.

What next?

Once we have collated your feedback, we will start drafting the policy changes. You will be able to provide feedback on this draft policy when we carry out formal consultation in early 2023.

If you have any questions on the policy you can always reach us at policysubmission@wcc.govt.nz.

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Dog Exercise Areas

2 months

Did you know that Wellington currently has 58 dog exercise areas? The current areas where dogs are allowed to be off-leash under the control of their owner are highlighted in purple on the map.

With dog ownership on the rise, and the forecasted population growth, we are investigating where dog exercise areas could be most beneficial in our communities.

Please "add a pin" on the area where you would like to see a dog exercise area and your reasons why. 

Page last updated: 06 Oct 2022, 10:23 AM