Register your dog for the first time

Photo shows a woman plays with her dog at Kauri Mountain Beach.

All puppies must be registered by the time they are three months old. If registration fees are not paid on time, you risk an infringement of $300.

If you've taken ownership of an adult dog that hasn't been registered before, you'll need to register it with us within 14 days.

If you've moved to Whangārei and your dog is registered with another council, you will need to register it with us to receive a new dog tag, but there will be no fee for this.   

Online

Step 1.Gather relevant documents

Ensure you have the relevant documents and certificates such as proof of microchipping and desexing (if applicable).

Step 2.Submit registration online

Fill in the online registration form and upload any proof documentation required.  You can register up to five (5) dogs.

Register your dog for the first time

Step 3.Dog registration form

We will check that the registration form is complete.

Step 4.Pay invoice

We will send you an invoice for the registration fees, the animal ID(s) and the various ways you can pay for your dog registration. 

Pay for dog registration

Step 5.Receive dog registration tag(s)

Once the registration fees have been paid, we will send you the physical dog registration tag(s) to put onto your dog’s collar and a payment receipt, via the post.

By email

Step 1.Gather relevant documents

Ensure you have the relevant documents and certificates such as proof of microchipping and desexing (if applicable).

Step 2.Email application to us

Complete the following form and scan. 

Dog Registration Form(PDF, 806KB)

Email your completed registration form along with the relevant documents to:

Email:  mailroom@wdc.govt.nz

We will check your application and will contact you with any queries.

Step 3.Pay invoice

We will send you an invoice for the registration fees, the animal ID(s) and the various ways you can pay for your dog registration. 

Pay for dog registration

Step 4.Receive dog registration tag(s)

Once the registration fees have been paid, we will send you the physical dog registration tag(s) to put onto your dog’s collar and a payment receipt, via the post.

In-person

Step 1.Gather relevant documents

Ensure you have the relevant documents and certificates such as proof of microchipping and desexing (if applicable).

Step 2.Bring application into us

Print and complete the following form. 

Dog Registration Form(PDF, 806KB)

Bring in your completed registration form along with the relevant documents to one of our Customer Service centres and we will check your application.

Forum North customer service centre
7 Rust Avenue, Whangārei
Monday to Friday - 8:00am to 4:30pm
Closed public holidays

Ruakākā service centre 
9 Takutai Place, Ruakākā
Monday to Friday - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Closed public holidays

Step 3.Pay fees

You can pay the fees by cash, eftpos, Visa or MasterCard.

Step 4.Receive dog registration tag(s)

You will receive the physical dog registration tag(s) to put onto your dog’s collar and a payment receipt.

By post

Step 1.Gather relevant documents

Ensure you have the relevant documents and certificates such as proof of microchipping and desexing (if applicable).

Step 2.Post application to us

Print and complete the following form. 

Dog Registration Form(PDF, 806KB)

Post your completed registration form along with the relevant documents to:

Whangarei District Council 
Private Bag 9023
Whangārei 0148

We will check your application and will contact you with any queries.

Step 3.Pay invoice

We will send you an invoice for the registration fees, the animal ID(s) and the various ways you can pay for your dog registration. 

Pay for dog registration

Step 4.Receive dog registration tag(s)

Once the registration fees have been paid, we will send you the physical dog registration tag(s) to put onto your dog’s collar and a payment receipt, via the post.