Auckland livestock numbers discussed

23:57, Aug 21 2014

Auckland's urban animal owners have their chance to comment on the council's proposals to limit the number of chickens or other livestock they can keep.

The council's proposed animal management bylaw, which aims to bring in a single approach to managing animals other than dogs, has opened for a period of public consultation.

Among the proposals are a requirement to have a licence to keep more than six chickens or other stock, such as a rooster, goat, pig or sheep on an urban property.

That would halve the number of unlicensed chickens urban residents of the former Franklin, Manukau, Papakura and Rodney councils have been allowed to keep.

Minimum standards, including containment and cleanliness of coops, are spelled out.

Bees are also covered with hive-management standards and good-practice guidelines that the council says are aimed at minimising common problems caused by bees, including swarming and the nuisance from bee excrement.

A licence will be required for keeping bees on public land but not on private property.

Submissions on the proposed bylaw close on September 15.