Ashburton District Animal Control

By: Ashburton District Council  06-Dec-2011

Council provides animal control services to protect public health and safety and to protect the public from nuisances. This means dealing with dangerous dogs, bee keeping, wandering sheep, poultry and pig farming and more..

If you wish to report a lost dog, a found dog, or a dog issue please phone the council on  307 7700 at any time.


Dogs are great pets, but owning one carries many responsibilities. Dogs have to be fed and exercised, registered and kept from becoming nuisances.


Wandering stock can have dangerous and expensive consequences. Everybody who owns or is in charge of stock animals, including cattle and sheep, must keep them from wandering. 

If a council animal control officer is called to impound stock, a call-out fee of $50 will be charged, along with an impounding fee of $50 per animal. A daily sustenance fee for cattle will also be charged.

There are rules which cover the driving of stock from one location to another, especially where main roads or bridges are concerned. If you are planning to move stock across, for example, the Ashburton River Bridge, then you must contact council.

There are also bylaws concerning keeping stock in town.

The information in this article was current at 02 Dec 2011

Contact Ashburton District Council


Print this page

Other products and services from Ashburton District Council


Parking - Ashburton District Council

The Council has 32 free all day parking spaces in the car park located at 344 Burnett Street immediately to the east of the Ashburton Fire Station and 30 parking spaces located at 332 Burnett Street immediately to the west of the Ashburton Fire Station. Parking enforcement is carried out under the Ashburton District Council “Parking” bylaw, the Land Transport Acts and Regulations and the Land Transport Road User Rules 2004.


Water Services

Development Contribution A Development Contribution is a contribution towards future upgrading of the water supply and wastewater schemes treatment facilities. If you need to find out more about the location of the water or sewer connection to your property please contact the department for assistance. Applications for new connections incur an Application and Inspection Fee and water connections also incur a Main Tapping Fee.



Key Facts The open race network has been in existence for over 100 years and uses water taken from rivers, springs the Rangitata Diversion Race and other irrigation schemes within the district. The district council operates a vast network of open races providing stockwater to rural properties in the district. These schemes are used by household purposes and are treated to provide potable water. The water ranger is: Evan Pritchard.


Water Supplies - Ashburton District Council

These schemes obtain water from a variety of surface water or underground sources, provide treatment where necessary and distribute the water through a pipeline network to customers. Operating and maintaining the potable water supply networks and facilities to ensure the systems are reliable, available and provide an acceptable level of service.