Register Your Dog

How and Why You Need to Register Your Dog

New Zealand has rules around dog ownership to protect our dogs and the general public and you must register your dog with the local council.

If you own a dog, you must register them with your local council.

Dog registration fees help your council:

Ensure all dogs are registered

Respond to reports of dog attacks and complaints about barking and stray animals,

Provide shelter services: impoundment, care for strays and reuniting dogs with their owners,

Re-home dogs through our adoption programmes,

Provide dog safety education for dog owners, schools and the public,

Enforce compliance, issue infringements and patrol beaches and parks,

Prosecute serious dog-related offences (under the Dog Control Act ).

Frequently asked questions

How do I regsiter my dog in NZ?

You must register your dog before it turns three months old.
Register your dog at the address where it spends most of its time.
You must microchip your dog within two months of registering it.
If you are under 16 years old, you must register the dog under your parent's or guardian's name.

Dog owner fines and offences

If you don't keep control of your dog, allow a dog into a restricted area or abuse or neglect an animal, you can be fined or sent to prison — and banned from owning dogs in the future.

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