Register Your Dog
The Dog Control Act requires all dogs over the age of three months to be registered each year.
If your dog lives in the district and is 3 months old or more, then you must register your dog with us. Please use the Dog Registration Form below to:
- Register your dog(s) for the first time or;
- Register a dog that was previously registered in another district.
Ways to register
You can register up to three dogs at a time online. If you would like to register four or more dogs, we recommend using the "do it over e-mail" or "do it in person" methods.
If your dog has previously been registered in our district, use our renewel form here instead.
You should ensure your dog wears its registration tag at all times.
It’s also a good idea to have your name and phone number on a dog tag so you can be easily contacted if your dog gets lost.
All newly registered dogs also need to be microchipped. For more information see our Microchipping your dog section.
Once the registration fee is received, your dog will be issued with a tag which must be worn by the dog at all times. The registration tag belongs to the dog, not the owner. If you sell or give away your dog, the tag must go with it as proof of registration.
Payment can be made via internet banking, click here for instructions. Registration tags will be posted out to you once we have received the completed form and proof of payment.
Cost of registration
We have a flat fee structure which means we don’t charge different rates for urban and rural or sexed or desexed dogs, the only exceptions being guide dogs and dogs classified as dangerous.
All fees and charges are inclusive of GST.
|All dogs except guide dogs and dangerous dogs
|Working farm dogs in excess of three registered to the same owner. (For the first three working dogs, standard dog fees apply, for the fourth and additional dogs, there is no charge. A statutory declaration must be provided with application)
|Penalty fees shall be charged at an additional 50% of annual dog registrations that remain unpaid as at 1 August of each financial year.
Pro Rata dog registration fee
Where the following applies a Pro Rata dog registration fee can be charged by discretion of a Dog Control Officer
- Where a dog has been imported into NZ after August 2nd of the current registration year.
- Where a dog older than 3 months has been in possession of the owner for less than 3 months within the current registration year*
*Pro Rata fee - determined by dividing the registration fee payable for a full year by 12; and multiplying that amount by the number of complete months remaining in the registration year.
The only exceptions to the flat fee are:
- Guide/hearing ear dogs which are not charged a fee for registering; and
- Dogs classified as dangerous, which are charged an extra 50% of the normal fee.
A working/stock dog is any dog kept by any person earning their main income from sheep or cattle farming, solely or primarily for the herding or driving of stock.
You can get a rebate on fourth and subsequent working dogs. To apply, fill in the statutory declaration form(PDF, 71KB). Once completed and signed by a notified individual, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be in touch.
Registration for the 1 July to 30 June year can be paid from 1 June.
Penalty fees shall be charged at an additional 50% of annual dog registrations that remain unpaid as at 1 August of each year
Owners of unregistered dogs are liable for a $300 instant fine.