Dog laws in Lower Hutt

Find out about the laws that apply to dog ownership in Lower Hutt.

The Hutt City Council Dog Control Bylaw 2015 (Part 4 - Dog Control) recognises that the majority of dog owners in Lower Hutt are responsible and that most interaction between dogs and the public is positive.

This bylaw aims to achieve a balance between the control of dogs and recognition of the health benefits of dog ownership.

It also gives legal powers to enforce the bylaw and determines requirements for keeping dogs in a way that:

  • protects the public from nuisance
  • maintains and promotes public health and safety
  • safeguards the welfare of animals.