Review of the Keeping of Animals, Bees, and Poultry Bylaw 2010

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In 2021 we review the Kāpiti Coast District Council Keeping of Animals, Bees, and Poultry Bylaw 2010. After 10 years of the current bylaw being in place, and in accordance with legislation.

Reviewing the Bylaw

The draft Keeping of Animals, Bees, and Poultry Bylaw 2021 is designed to help manage the keeping of animals, bees and poultry throughout the Kāpiti Coast District to ensure they do not create a nuisance or become a threat to public health and safety.

The bylaw covers a range of activities, including:

  • Animals (excluding dogs) listed under the Animal Welfare Act 1999, as well as including specific mentions for poultry, roosters, and “stock”.
  • The keeping of animals, not wild animals.

Key additions to the revised Bylaw are:

  • ensuring public health and safety around apiaries (beehives),
  • the prevention of poultry noise nuisance in our urban areas,
  • the discouragement of feral animals in the District; and
  • supporting online information for the Bylaw on Council’s website.

What the draft Bylaw doesn’t cover

  • Wild animals that are free and not ‘kept’.
  • Pest management as this is covered by the Wellington Regional Council Pest Management Plan 2019-2039
  • Dogs are not included because they are covered under the Dog Control Bylaw 2019.
  • Animal welfare is addressed in the Animal Welfare Act 1999.

Read the Draft Keeping of Animals, Bees & Poultry Bylaw 2021.

Statement of Proposal

To help the community understand the Council's responsibilities and the review process you can also read the 'Statement of Proposal - Draft Keeping of Animals, Bees and Poultry Bylaw 2021'. The proposal:

  • explains the challenges we have identified and why we are proposing the changes, and
  • invites the community to make submissions on the draft 2021 Bylaw.


In 2021 we review the Kāpiti Coast District Council Keeping of Animals, Bees, and Poultry Bylaw 2010. After 10 years of the current bylaw being in place, and in accordance with legislation.

Reviewing the Bylaw

The draft Keeping of Animals, Bees, and Poultry Bylaw 2021 is designed to help manage the keeping of animals, bees and poultry throughout the Kāpiti Coast District to ensure they do not create a nuisance or become a threat to public health and safety.

The bylaw covers a range of activities, including:

  • Animals (excluding dogs) listed under the Animal Welfare Act 1999, as well as including specific mentions for poultry, roosters, and “stock”.
  • The keeping of animals, not wild animals.

Key additions to the revised Bylaw are:

  • ensuring public health and safety around apiaries (beehives),
  • the prevention of poultry noise nuisance in our urban areas,
  • the discouragement of feral animals in the District; and
  • supporting online information for the Bylaw on Council’s website.

What the draft Bylaw doesn’t cover

  • Wild animals that are free and not ‘kept’.
  • Pest management as this is covered by the Wellington Regional Council Pest Management Plan 2019-2039
  • Dogs are not included because they are covered under the Dog Control Bylaw 2019.
  • Animal welfare is addressed in the Animal Welfare Act 1999.

Read the Draft Keeping of Animals, Bees & Poultry Bylaw 2021.

Statement of Proposal

To help the community understand the Council's responsibilities and the review process you can also read the 'Statement of Proposal - Draft Keeping of Animals, Bees and Poultry Bylaw 2021'. The proposal:

  • explains the challenges we have identified and why we are proposing the changes, and
  • invites the community to make submissions on the draft 2021 Bylaw.


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