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Registering your dog

All dogs must be registered by three months of age. Dog registration expires on 30 June each year.

Re-register your dog or register a new dog online

Council offers an 'early bird' registration fee of $87 if your dog is registered by 31 July or $130 if registered after this date. Fees to register a dog classified as dangerous are $131 if registered by 31 July and $196.50 after this date. A $300 infringement fee may be issued to an owner or person caring for an unregistered dog. To avoid this, register your dog early.

If you register a puppy, the fee is calculated from the date the puppy turns three months old to take into account how much time is left in the registration year. If your dog was registered with us last year, registration forms will be automatically sent to you in June. 

If you lose your registration tag, you can get a new one from our customer service centre on Willow Street for $7.

What you need to know about registering a dog:

  • all puppies must be registered by the time they are three months old
  • all newly purchased or acquired dogs (over three months olds) must be registered immediately
  • dog registration renewal needs to be done before 1 July each year
  • it’s an offence to keep an unregistered dog
  • you are committing an offence if your dog is found wearing a registration tag issued to another dog
  • a dog not wearing a current registration tag is considered to be unregistered until proven otherwise
  • you will need to provide your date of birth when registering your dog, this helps distinguish you from someone else with the same name
  • every dog that’s registered for the first time must be implanted with a working microchip 
  • if your dog dies or is exported out of New Zealand, you can apply in writing for a partial refund of the dog registration.

Registering your dog with council together with its microchip number allows us to quickly re-unite you with your dog should it inadvertently escape. In most cases, this is a free service if the dog is registered and has no recent animal shelter history.

Microchipping is different to registering your dog. 

Any dog over the age of three months and not registered or re-registered by 30 June of each year is an unregistered dog (even though the discount period continues to 31 July your dog’s registration expires on the 30 June of each year).

Re-register your dog or register a new dog online

Last Reviewed: 04/11/2020

Related information

Information for dog owners (338kb pdf)

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