Poultry, Pigs and Bees


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Poultry, Pigs and Bees



You can keep up to 12 heads of poultry in a residential zone. If you want to keep more than 12, you must have the written consent of Council.

You cannot keep any roosters in a residential area.

The Marlborough District Council (MDC) Animals Bylaw 2017 contains general obligation of animal owners.


Keeping of pigs

You cannot keep pigs in a residential area unless you have the written consent of Council.

Bee keeper tending to honey bee hives.


You can keep bees on any land within the Marlborough district so long as the bees do not cause a danger, nuisance, annoyance to neighbours or to the public or cause a risk to health. The sale of honey from bees is regulated by Council's health protection team (for domestic sales) and by the NZ Food Safety Authority (for honey exports).

The NZ Food Safety Authority has information on labelling and packaging requirements. It also has information on tutin risks. Marlborough is a high risk area for tutin in honey. The NZFSA Standard for tutin can be viewed on the NZFSA website.

Go to New Zealand Food Safety Authority

If you have seen a swarm of bees on private property or on public land, the Marlborough Beekeepers Association has designated members who will remove swarms at no cost. Refer to their website for contact details.

Go to the Marlborough Beekeepers Association website

Go to Apiculture New Zealand website