Dog Registration


Registering Your Dog

All dogs must be registered and kept under control at all times.

Every Territorial Authority keeps a register of all dogs registered within its area. This data is also recorded on the National Dog Database. 

Dogs must be registered from the age of three months old. 

Registration is due annually on 1st July and it is up to the dog owner to apply for registration without first being invoiced.

When you have completed your registration form, please return it to Council with the corresponding payment or payment details.

Dog Registration Information Brochure 2018-19

Application to Register a Dog 2018-19 

(Please note that refunds are only applicable if your dog has died).

Fees

Dog registration fees are set annually and apply from 1 July to 30 June of each year.

It is up to the dog owner to apply for registration without being invoiced.

Fees and Charges

Microchipping

It is compulsory to have your dog microchipped, with the exception of working dogs. This includes any dogs that have never been registered and dogs classed as menacing. Once your dog is microchipped, please ensure that your provide Council with the microchip numbers.

Microchipping Brochure (230KB pdf) 

If you require further information on microchipping, contact your local vet or Council on 06 323 0000.

Change of Details

If you have had your dog desexed, your dog has died or you rehome your dog, please advise Council using the declaration form below. 

Spayed / Neutered / Transferred Declaration Form (85KB pdf)

Achieving Selected Ownership Status

Council rewards owners who provide better care for and control of their dogs. Selected owner status aims to provide an incentive within the registration fee structure that promotes responsible dog ownership.

Applications for Selected Ownership Status will be taken between 1 July and 31 March. If approved, the fee reduction will take effect the following registration year or a date approved by the Inspecting Officer.

A reduced fee applies to neutered or spayed dogs, working dogs and dogs belonging to selected owners. 

The fee structure rewards dog owners who:

  • Adequately fence their section
  • Neuter or spay their dog
  • Have a good record of dog ownership
  • Register their dog before the due date
  • Care for their dogs properly, e.g. provide them with a secure yard and a kennel that is weatherproof, of sufficient size, clean, and sanitary

Selected Owner & Multi Dog Permit Application

Approved applicants who have not registered their dog(s) by 1 August in any registration year, or have on going complaints shall have their approval revoked.

Permission to Keep More Than Two Dogs

The Dog Control Bylaw restricts the number of dogs permitted on properties less than 2000m2. If you wish to keep more than two dogs on a property less than 2000m2 you will need to apply for a multiple-dog permit.

Approved applicants who have not registered their dog(s) by 1 August in any registration year, or have on going complaints shall have their approval revoked. 

Application for Registration as a Selected Owner / Permission to keep more than two dogs