|Residential dog registration||2023/24|
|Urban dog - non-select owner||$167|
|Urban dog - select owner (with entire dog)||$130 per dog|
|Urban dog - select owner (with neutered/spayed dog)||$85 per dog|
|Urban dog - select owner (pensioner*/entire dog)||$105 per dog|
|Urban dog - select owner (pensioner*/neutered/spayed dog)||$80 per dog|
|Rural dog registration||2023/24|
|Full fee (payable for the first two dogs kept by the same owner)||$61 per dog|
|Reduced fee (payable for the third and subsequent dogs kept by the same owner)||$31 per dog|
Penalty/late fees apply (after 1 August 2023), 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 rural dog is any dog on a property that has a rating code* of three or four or other approved rural property. (*Rating code three: small holdings 1ha to 4ha. Rating code four: farmland greater than 4ha.)
*A pensioner is aged 65 and over. Evidence of age to be produced for the first application only.
Penalty of 25% applicable after 1 August 2023 until 30 November 2023. Penalty of 50% applicable after 1 December 2023 until 30 June 2024. Failure to register your dog may result in an infringement fine of $300 and/or seizure of the dog.
Owner registration is transferable for free anywhere in New Zealand. Just fill in the form (above) and bring in the dog’s current tag/disc or registration form. We'll then give you an NPDC tag/disc at no charge. Remember to let your previous council know that you have moved.
Please bring in evidence of your previous select ownership if you have this available, e.g. past registration accounts.
A select dog owner is a person who has demonstrated their obligations as a dog owner by:
When registering a new dog, tick the ‘select dog owner’ box on the registration form and we will arrange a time for an Animal Control Officer to visit your home address to assess the property and establish that you are aware of your obligations.
If you have previously owned a dog and have recently obtained a new one, please contact NPDC on 06 759 6060 or firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm you are eligible to become a select owner. This confirmation can also be done at the time of registration at the Civic Centre or any of the service centres in Waitara, Inglewood or Bell Block.
Yes. Complete a deceased dog advice form (above) and take or send it, along with either a vet’s certificate or the dog’s tag/disc, to us. Refunds are only available during the current financial year (1 July to 30 June) and are calculated from the remaining complete months of that year from the date we receive your signed refund form. Registration fees are not refundable if your dog has been sold or given away.
This is a lifelong registration tag – you won't have to update the tag every 12 months anymore. We'll send out your One Tag when we receive your registration payment.
From next year onwards, you’ll receive your re-registration invoice as usual but will keep using the same tag.
One Tag is made from lightweight, durable metal and comes in two sizes: 25mm for small dogs and 35mm for larger dogs. The back is blank so you can get it engraved with your dog’s name or your contact details if you wish.
If you move out of New Plymouth District, you’ll need to swap this tag for a new tag at the council you move to.
An added benefit is that by replacing our usual tags with a One Tag, we’ll cut the amount of plastic waste going to the landfill! (Nearly 12,000 tags every year.)
Yes, we can replace tags at the Civic Centre or any of the service centres for a small fee.
To be able to keep more than two dogs on an urban property (less than 1 ha) you must apply for consent (form above). This application will require a property inspection (at no charge).
If your dog is classified as menacing or dangerous, you will lose your select dog ownership status.
We have powers to declare a dog menacing or dangerous in certain circumstances, including if the dog is considered a threat to any person, animal or protected wildlife. We must also classify a dog as menacing if there are reasonable grounds to believe it belongs wholly or predominantly to one or more of the four restricted breeds/ types: American pit bull terrier, dogo Argentino, Brazilian fila and Japanese tosa. It is illegal to import any of these restricted breeds/types.
Stricter requirements apply to menacing or dangerous dogs including being muzzled and leashed in public, being neutered and being kept securely fenced on the owner’s property (without blocking access to the house for visitors).
A dog that is required to be muzzled, must wear a muzzle at all times in any public place or private way, unless it is confined completely within a vehicle or cage. The muzzle must prevent the dog from biting but allow it to breathe and drink without obstruction.
If you receive a dangerous or menacing dog notice please contact us for more information.
It’s great to have a guard dog, but any person with a legitimate reason for visiting must have unrestricted access to at least one door of the house. A good guard dog will alert you that someone is on or near your property - but it should never harm or intimidate someone who is lawfully there.
If your dog is unfriendly to visitors, you may need to fence the path to your front door securely. If someone is bitten by your dog, you may be fined and your pet could be euthanised.
Do not leave your dog to run freely on your property – they are more likely to attack if the owner is absent from the property.
We issue fines (infringement notices) to encourage responsible ownership and control of dogs. The use of fines is used in addition to, or in place of, court action alternatives.
Infringement fees are set out in Schedule 2 of the Dog Control Act 1996.
Instalment payments can be made at any Council office or service centre, or by internet banking. If you are paying via internet banking, please use the owner ID number as your transaction reference.
If you get your dog part way through the year you may pay part year fees. These are charged for the number of complete months left in the registration year and must be paid in one sum. We can also back-date fees if needed.
Your fee contributes to the following activities:
The National Dog Database, run by the Department of Internal Affairs, holds information on all registered dogs including registration details, microchip number (if applicable), breed and year of birth. Contact details of the owners are also recorded. Local councils supply and maintain information held on the database. The information is not available to the public.
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