Registration fees are paid annually and used to maintain and enhance dog safety, management and enforcement. We do not profit from dog fees.
The fee structure is designed to reward good dog ownership. You can reduce your fees by neutering or spaying your dog (desexing).
Registering your dog pays for:
- enforcing the Dog Control Act and related bylaws
- education programmes and campaigns for schools and community or business groups
- dog management, including law enforcement, patrols and attending to complaints and incidents
- administering the animal management offices and kennels (dog pound)
- administering our dog management programme.
An infringement of $300 may be issued if you are found to have an unregistered dog. All dogs must wear a current registration tag so they can be identified.
Registered after 1 August
If any puppy, or dog entering New Zealand, is to be registered after 1 August, the fee shall be 1/12th of the annual fee for each month remaining in the registration year, after the date of such registration.
Discounted fees for desexed dog
Owners wishing to claim a reduced fee for dogs desexed in the last 12 months must produce a certificate from a veterinarian at the time the dog is registered certifying that the dog has been desexed.
If the dog has been registered, the reduced fee won’t apply till the following registration year.