Control of Dogs Policy and Bylaw

Consultation is closed.

We last reviewed our Control of Dogs Policy & Bylaw in 2018 and it’s now due for review. We’ve made a few changes and need your feedback so we can make sure our policy and bylaw meet the needs of the wider community as well as the needs of dogs and their owners.

The objective of the policy is to enable people to enjoy the benefits of dog ownership and provide for the exercise and recreational needs of dogs and their owners, while minimising danger, distress and nuisance to the community. The purpose of the bylaw is to support and give effect to our Control of Dogs Policy.

The statement of proposal and draft policy and bylaw are available here.

Tell us what you think before 4.00pm on 3 September 2023 by:

  • filling in our online feedback form
  • emailing your feedback to
  • dropping your feedback form at the Council Office at 19 Kitchener Street Martinborough or any of the district libraries
  • posting your submission to: Policy and Governance Team, South Wairarapa District Council, PO Box 6, Martinborough 5741
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