Dog Control Policy and Bylaw 2016

The Council adopted a new dog control policy and bylaw on 23 June 2016. The Dog Control Policy 2016 and Dog Control Bylaw 2016 come into effect on 1 September 2016.

Dog Control Bylaw 2016

Dog Control Bylaw 2016 [PDF, 210 KB] [PDF 586KB]

1. Short title and commencement

(1) This bylaw is the Christchurch City Council Dog Control Bylaw 2016. This bylaw comes into force on 1 September 2016.

2. Purpose

(1) The purpose of this bylaw is:

    1. to balance the recreational needs of dogs and their owners with appropriate controls to minimise the potential for harm, distress or nuisance that may be caused by dogs
    2. to regulate dog-related matters to enable the enforcement of the Christchurch City Council Dog Control Policy 2016.

(1) The objectives of this bylaw are:

    1. to promote the responsible management of dogs in public places
    2. to provide for the recreational needs of dogs and their owners
    3. to minimise the potential for dogs to cause harm, distress or nuisance to the community, animals and wildlife.

4. Interpretation

(1) This bylaw should be read in conjunction with the Christchurch City Council Dog Control Policy 2016.
(2) Text in this bylaw that is in italics (italics) is not part of the bylaw, but is explanatory in nature.
(3) In this bylaw, unless the context otherwise requires:

Word Meaning
Council means the Christchurch City Council
Disability Assist Dog has the same meaning as section 2 of the Dog Control Act 1996 and generally means any dog certified to assist a person with a visual, hearing, mobility or other disability
Dog exercise area means an area that is recommended and known to be a good place to exercise dogs off-leash. Such areas are generally not fenced and do not have the same equipment or facilities as a Dog Park
Dog park means Council land set aside and designed to allow dogs a space to exercise with other dogs and their owners, in a dog-friendly environment. Such areas are generally fenced, have dog-related equipment or facilities, and display signage indicating they are a Dog Park
Handler means any person who is in control of a working dog, and is not the owner of the working dog
Leash means an adequate restraint, and may include a lead attached to a collar or harness, that allows for the control of a dog when in a public place
Leashed area means any public place specified in clause 8 of this bylaw or in the Christchurch City Council Dog Control Policy 2016 where dogs must be on a leash
Nuisance means anything which interferes with or threatens the health or enjoyment of people, and in this context may involve things such as barking, causing distress via intimidating behaviour (such as aggressive barking or rushing), or attacking people, wildlife or other animals
Owner has the same meaning as in section 2 of the Dog Control Act 1996, and generally means the person who owns a dog, the parent or guardian of someone who is under the age of 16 who owns a dog, or a person who is looking after a dog and is responsible for it
Prohibited area means any public place specified in clause 8 of this bylaw or in the Christchurch City Council Dog Control Policy 2016 where dogs are prohibited
Public place has the same meaning as in section 2 of the Dog Control Act 1996, and generally means a place that is open to the public whether or not it is private property
Road

means any land that is designed to facilitate the movement of motor vehicles from one place to another (whether sealed or not), and includes

  • associated pedestrian areas (such as footpaths);
  • the margins alongside roads, whether sealed or not (such as berms and verges);
  • private ways;
  • state highways; and
  • car parks (whether or not located on land controlled by the Council).

This definition excludes:

  • unformed legal roads;
  • beaches; and
  • any driveway located on private land.
Short leash

means a leash that is no longer than 1.5 metres, and if extendable, is locked at a length of no longer than 1.5 metres.

Explanatory note: This only applies in an area that specifies the use of a short leash, and not in all Leashed Areas.

Summer beach prohibited area means beaches or sections of coastline specified in the Christchurch City Council Dog Control Policy 2016 where dogs are prohibited between 1 November and 31 March, and between 9am and 7pm, to protect swimming and recreation activities from dog-related nuisances
Under effective control

means the owner or person in charge of a dog is aware of where the dog is and what it is doing, and that the dog is responsive to commands and is not creating a nuisance. 

Explanatory note: Having your dog under effective control means you can see it or are aware of what it is doing, and are close enough to prevent issues or quickly bring it to heel.

Working dog

has the same meaning as section 2 of the Dog Control Act 1996, and generally means any dog carrying out functions and duties:

  • relating to farming, such as the herding of stock
  • under the direction of a government department or state employee undertaking responsibilities such as those relating to policing, defence, corrections, customs, security, biosecurity, pest management, emergency management or conservation
  • under the direction of a private security guard in the execution of their duties

5. Control of dogs in all public places at all times

(1) Every dog owner or person in charge of a dog must keep their dog under effective control in all public places and at all times.
(2) Every dog owner or person in charge of a dog must carry plastic bags or other effective means to remove and dispose of any fouling (dog faeces) when in public places with their dog.
(3) Every dog owner or person in charge of a dog must remove and appropriately dispose of any fouling (dog faeces) produced by their dog in public places or on land that is not their own land.

Explanatory note: The Dog Control Act also requires the owner or person in charge of a dog to carry a leash when taking their dog into public places, whether or not it is a Leashed Area. This requirement does not apply to working dogs in public places.

6. Leashed and prohibited dog control areas

(1) Every dog owner or person in charge of a dog must ensure that their dog is kept on a leash in a public place designated as a Leashed Area.
(2) Every dog owner or person in charge of a dog must ensure that their dog does not enter or remain in any public place designated as a Prohibited Area.

7. Specific leashed and prohibited dog control areas

(1) The Christchurch City Council Dog Control Policy 2016 contains tables listing the specific public places where leashed and prohibited dog controls apply.
(2) Dogs are prohibited from specific beaches (Summer Beach Prohibition Areas) during summer (from 1 November to 31 March and between the hours of 9am and 7pm). These beaches are listed in the Christchurch City Council Dog Control Policy 2016.

Explanatory note: You must have your dog under effective control in public places that are not listed as Leashed Areas or Prohibited Areas.

8. General leashed and prohibited dog control areas

(A) All Council children's playgrounds

    1. Dogs are prohibited from being:
      1. within any fenced playground area;
      2. on any specially surfaced playground area;
      3. within one metre of any fenced or surfaced playground area; or
      4. within one metre of any playground equipment where there is no fence or special surface.

(B) All Council skateparks

    1. Dogs are prohibited on skatepark surfaces, and from being within one metre of the perimeter of any skatepark.

(C) All roads

    1. Dogs must be on a leash on all roads.
      Explanatory note: For the sake of clarity, 'road' includes associated pedestrian areas (such as footpaths) and the margins alongside roads, whether sealed or not (such as berms and verges), as well as state highways, private ways and car parks.

(D) All Council swimming pools and paddling pools

    1. Dogs are prohibited from being inside any fenced Council paddling pool area, and from being within one metre of any unfenced Council paddling pool.
    2. Dogs are prohibited from entering any Council swimming pool facilities. 

(E) All Council cemeteries and memorials

    1. Dogs must be on a leash in the grounds of Council-managed cemeteries and in memorial areas.

(F) All Council boat ramps and slipways

    1. Dogs must be on a leash on and in the vicinity of all Council boat ramps and slipways. 

Explanatory note: For the sake of clarity (and as set out above), dogs must be on a leash on all 'roads', which includes those around boat ramps, slipways and other waterfront and marina-related areas where vehicles manoeuvre

9. Exceptions to leashed and prohibited dog control areas

(1) Nothing in this bylaw restricting access to any public place applies to disability assist dogs.
(2) Nothing in this bylaw restricting