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Animals and Bees Bylaw review

We invite your feedback on our recommended changes to the city's rules for keeping animals, bees, and poultry.

We're reviewing our Animals and Bees Bylaw. The bylaw allows residents to own animals in a responsible way while minimising impacts on neighbours and protecting public health and safety. 

Earlier this year we asked you whether the current bylaw adequately managed issues arising from keeping animals and bees. Now we've reviewed your feedback, we've drafted a revised bylaw and an administration manual to support its operation (see the downloads at the bottom of this page).

Have we got it right? Fill in the online form below to have your say. Submissions close at 4pm on Thursday 21 December.

Please note, this bylaw does not cover dogs. We'll be reviewing our dog control rules next year.

Key changes to the bylaw

This is an overview of the changes we’re recommending. For full details, please read the consultation document.


Microchipping and desexing cats: Council recommends making it mandatory to microchip and desex cats. However we propose delaying this requirement until 2 July 2019 to give cat owners 12 months to comply with the new bylaw. Cat owners would be responsible for the cost of these procedures.

Permit to keep more than three cats in the urban area: the current rules exempt properties 2000m2 or bigger. We recommend removing the exemption so all urban residents are covered by the same rule.


We propose a new rule that allows people to keep roosters in Ashhurst, Bunnythorpe, Linton and Longburn, or if the owner of the rooster holds a valid permit issued under this bylaw.

A new definition of animal

The draft bylaw aims to remove any confusion by specifying the animals it covers.

Administration manual

We’re proposing to introduce guidance for people wanting to keep more than three cats, or more beehives than stated in the bylaw, and for any other bylaw contraventions.

Tell us what you think by 21 December

  1. Please comment on the specific parts of the draft bylaw. You don’t have to comment on every section, but where you do comment, please indicate whether you support or oppose. Please state the reasons for your views and give precise details about the decision you want Council to make.

  1. Your details

  1. As required by the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987, all submissions will be regarded as publicly available, including their placement on the Council's website. You can request that your contact details (but not your name) be regarded as confidential by ticking the following box:

Timeline of the review process

We're now at the stage of calling for submissions on the draft bylaw. 

  • October: Report to Council to seek approval to consult
  • November-December: Formal consultation period
  • February 2018: Report to Council
  • March 2018: Hearings
  • April to July 2018: Deliberation, adoption

More information

For more information about the draft Palmerston North Animals and Bees Bylaw 2017 and Administration Manual, please contact Ann-Marie Mori, Policy Analyst, City Future: phone 06 356 8199 or email