This page contains information about microchipping your dog and our dog rules.
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For information about how to register your dog and the fees, follow the link below.
Microchipping your dog
Inserting a microchip is a harmless and straightforward procedure which is done by your vet. It means that if a dog is lost and is not wearing its registration tag it can be identified by scanning the microchip tag.
All puppies in New Zealand must be microchipped and under the Dog Control Act 2006, microchips will be applied to dogs that:
- are classified as a dangerous or menacing dog
- are registered for the first time on or after 1 July 2006
- are impounded for a second occasion
- are unregistered and are impounded.
Working farm dogs are exempt from microchipping.
Failure to microchip a dog could result in an infringement notice and possible prosecution and a $3,000 fine.
Dog registration and chipping are two separate processes - you must register your dog every year but microchipping needs to be done only once.
Our Dog Management Policy aims to achieve a balance between the control of dogs and recognition of the health benefits of dog ownership. We aim to provide reasonable policies for dog owners and their pets while promoting a safe and healthy environment for the general public.
The policy objectives are to:
- ensure owners comply with their legal obligations such as registering their dog and, if it toilets in a public place, picking up and disposing of its waste.
- prevent potential danger and minimising the risk of distress or nuisances to people and wildlife that dogs could cause.
- promote responsible ownership - making sure all dogs receive proper care and attention, including food, water and shelter.
- provide for the reasonable exercise and recreational needs of dogs and their owners.
The Dog Management Policy and Dog Management Bylaw are currently being reviewed. To find out more information, follow the links below.
Dog Management Policy Dog Management Bylaw