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Dog registrations

Dog registration

The dog registration year runs from 1 July to 30 June every year.

The annual Registration invoice is sent out to dog owners in early June and is due for payment by 30 June.

A late penalty will be added to any unpaid fees on 1 August and again on 1 December

If you do not receive your invoice by the end of June or you have a new dog to be registered, please call us on 06-759 6060 or email enquiries@npdc.govt.nz.

Or come into the Civic Centre in Liardet Street one of our service centres Inglewood, Bell Block or Waitara.

Find out how you can pay your registration here.

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.

Dog registration forms can be returned to any of our service centres or emailed to enquiries@npdc.govt.nz. Note: if you email in your registration form, please do not send in your payment until you have received the invoice from NPDC.

Dog registration form

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Registration fees
Residential dog registration 2024/25
Urban dog - non-select owner   $184
Urban dog - select owner (with entire dog) $143 per dog
Urban dog - select owner (with neutered/spayed dog) $93.50 per dog
Urban dog - select owner (pensioner*/entire dog)  $115.50 per dog
Urban dog - select owner (pensioner*/neutered/spayed dog)  $88.00 per dog
Rural dog registration 2024/25
Full fee (payable for the first two dogs kept by the same owner) $67.00
Reduced fee (payable for the third and subsequent dogs kept by the same owner) $34.00

Penalty/late fees apply (after 1 August 2024), 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.