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Dog registrations

Under section 42 of the Dog Control Act 1996:

  • all dogs over the age of three months must be registered
  • it is an offence to keep a dog older than three months which is unregistered
  • you could be liable to an infringement fine of $300 or on conviction a court may impose a fine of up to $3,000 for failure to register your dog(s)
  • if any dog over the age of three months is found not wearing a current registration tag on land or premises other than its owner’s land or premises, or in any public place, the dog may be seized and impounded.

The dog registration form has more details about:

  • registration requirements and the obligations of dog owners
  • control of dogs
  • change of ownership
  • microchipping
  • payment, rebates and refunds
  • select dog owners.

An application fee is required to be paid at the time of submitting the dog registration.

Dog registration forms can be returned to any of our service centres or emailed to enquiries@npdc.govt.nz.

Dog registration form


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Registration fees
Urban Dog - Non Select Owner   $160
Urban Dog - Select Owner (with entire dog) $130
Urban Dog - Select Owner (with neutered/spayed dog) $104
Urban Dog - Select Owner (pensioner/neutered/spayed dog)  $83
Select Owner Application Fee $52

Penalty/late fees apply (after 1 August 2021), please see 'Penalty for late registrations' heading below for more details. 

An urban dog is any dog on a property that has a rating code of one or two.

A pensioner is aged 65 and over. Evidence of age to be produced for the first application only.