Animals are an important part of many households, but they need to be kept in a way that protects the public from nuisance, maintains public health and safety, and protects the welfare of the animal.

Bees

You can keep bees on your property in Hamilton so long as they do not create a nuisance to your neighbours. The number of hives depends on the size of your section and how well you manage them. Please visit waikatobeekeepers.org.nz or apinz.org.nz for more information.

Livestock

Keeping farm animals on a large scale is not compatible with urban living. Large animals need large areas of space, which is why farming animals for profit in residential areas is prohibited.

For more information about keeping livestock, please phone the Planning Guidance Unit on 07 838 6800.

If you are concerned about the welfare of any animal, please call the Waikato SPCA on 07 847 4868.

Wandering livestock

If you see a wandering animal, or a neighbouring animal is being a nuisance, please report it to us.

The Animal Education and Control Team has the right to seize and impound any wandering stock in Hamilton under the Impounding Act 1955‚Äč.

Fees

You must pay the impounding fees and costs before the stock can be released.

Stock Impounding Related Fees
Cattle $48.00
Pig $33.00
Weaners $14.00
Horse, mule & deer $48.00
Sheep, goats $14.00
Sustenance per stock/day $15.00
Stock-driving and rangers charge stock per hour $80.00

 

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Keeping chickens and roosters

Find out whether you can keep chickens, and apply for a rooster permit.

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Last updated 30 June 2022