Otago Daily Times

Rooster racket may lead to by­law re­view

- STAFF RE­PORTER Pets · Hobbies · Cats · Dunedin

THOSE who en­joy keep­ing a rooster in town could be in for a rude awak­en­ing from the Dunedin City Coun­cil.

The coun­cil will de­cide if it will re­view rules on keep­ing roost­ers after a batch of noise com­plaints from not­so­ear­lyris­ers.

It re­ceived 34 com­plaints, mainly about roost­ers crow­ing in or close to res­i­den­tial ar­eas in the past year, prompt­ing staff to sug­gest re­view­ing the coun­cil’s Keep­ing of An­i­mals (ex­clud­ing Dogs) and Birds By­law five years early.

In a re­port for coun­cil­lors to con­sider on Tues­day staff sug­gest op­tions that could be con­sid­ered in a re­view could in­clude ban­ning roost­ers from res­i­den­tial ar­eas or re­quir­ing per­mits for own­ers.

A re­view could also be an op­por­tu­nity to ad­dress is­sues with cats, staff said, not­ing coun­cils were ‘‘some­what lim­ited’’ in their abil­ity to make by­laws for cat con­trol.

But where there was ev­i­dence of nui­sance is­sues with cats and no other leg­isla­tive op­tions for deal­ing with them, some other lo­cal au­thor­i­ties have con­sid­ered lim­it­ing the num­ber of cats per prop­erty, their re­port says.

They also note there had been nui­sance com­plaints about pigs, horses and bees.

The re­port said any re­view would in­volve con­sul­ta­tion.

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