Proposed changes to dog rules
Dog rules Proposed changes to dog rules will be out for public consultation this April. Photo Peter Rees

Proposed changes to dog rules are worrying some owners, and the Waiheke Local Board has requested discretion from council to determine local time and season rules.

Time and season rules are used in public areas such as beaches and parks during busy periods to avoid conflict between dogs and other users. Auckland Council’s regulatory committee is proposing to standardise the time and season definition 10am to 7pm from Saturday of Labour Weekend to 31 March.

“Local boards can choose what rules apply during different time slots where a time and season rule is used,”according to a council media liaison.

“Seven local board areas currently have time and season rules in place which allow dogs on a leash during the day in some of their time and season areas.

“The recommended changes in the Statement of Proposal are not changing this, it just standardising the definition of time and season used.”• Sophie Boladeras

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