Poultry, Pigs and Bees


Walking tracks closed to high fire danger

The hot, dry summer has forced the closure of upper tracks in Victoria Domain, and Wither Hills Farm Park.

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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 must have a properly constructed poultry house.

The poultry house must be at least 3 metres from the property boundary. Every poultry house shall be enclosed as to confine the poultry and must be kept clean and dry.

Chapter 7 - Keeping of Animals, Poultry and Bees of the Marlborough District Council (MDC) Bylaw 2010 contains requirements for poultry houses and their construction and maintenance and rules relating to noise and nuisance from poultry.


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