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Dog Registration

A fee structure has been implemented to reward good dog ownership and the prompt payment of fees.

  • Dog owners who demonstrate through a dog ownership testing scheme that they are responsible owners shall receive a reduction in their registration fees.
  • Dog owners whose dogs attend and pass a dog obediance course above the level of attainment for a puppy course shall receive a reduction in their registration fee for those particular dogs.
  • Grants to help with neutering costs.
  • Two dogs can be registered without a permit, to house more than two a permit is required.

Register your dog online

Pay Dog Registration

Remember to register your dog by 3 months of age and then annually on 1 July.

If you can't pay your dog registration by the due date, ask for the Animal Control Officer at the Council for advice. It is better to ask for help to avoid possible infringement.

Dog registration discounts are received by owners who have passed the dog owner licence and for dogs that have gained a dog obedience certificate above puppy level.

Deferred Payment: You can setup an automatic payment through a nominated bank account to pay all your registration fees over a specified period. Contact an Animal Control Officer to discuss this and to setup a deferred payment agreement.

Online Payments: If you pay online we will automatically send your new dog registration tag out to you.

Note: If your registration fee is not fully paid by 31 July then a late payment penalty will be charged.

View payment options for dog registration

Pay Dog Registration

How do I qualify for Dog Owner Licence status?

The applicant must have been the owner of a registered dog in Napier for a year prior to applying to become a licensed owner, have always paid their registration by the due date and have not committed any infringeable offences or had their dog impounded within the last two years.

The licence tests the owners’ knowledge of good dog ownership by ensuring they have a good understanding of Council’s Dog Control Policy and Bylaw. A booklet is provided upon application and has the test questions included in the back section.

For a standard application a property inspection is also made to ensure:

  • Fencing is suitable to contain their breed of dog.
  • Faeces removal and storage is adequate.
  • Suitability of the kennelling.
  • Professional advice is given for any problem or perceived problem observed on site.

Council’s Animal Control Team undertakes the inspection and checks the test answers at your address after checking each owner and their dog’s record from complaints and service requests received during the year.

Standard DOLT Application Fee

We now offer a reduced application fee for those aged 65 and over. There is no property inspection for this age group but there will be a phone call to go over the questions at the back of the DOLT booklet before issuing the licence.

Note: This Licenced owner status can be removed if the dog becomes a problem, or if the owner commits an infringement offence or is convicted of an offence by the District Court, and is ordered to pay a fine or/and costs. Renewal would be granted after two years of proven responsibility and re-sitting of the test questions at a cost.

NOTE; The inspection and test must be completed before 31st May to be able to qualify for the discounted registration fees for the coming year. Contact us to find out more on +64 6 834 4177.

Why we need your date of birth

Your date of birth helps to identify you as an individual. The information is required under the Dog Control Act 1996. It assists us to deal with the right person and avoids confusion with someone else with the same name.

Dog registration will not be accepted without the dog owner(s) date(s) of birth.

How to save $300

If you fail to register your dog on time you may receive an instant $300 infringement fine, your dog may be seized and impounded and you are still liable for the registration fee. If legal action is taken against you the fine could be up to $3000, and your dog could be removed from your care.

Dog Registration - dog breeds, colours and age of dog

The 2003 Amendment to the Dog Control Act 1996 provided for the setting up of a National Dog Database.

This database will link information about dogs held by all the Council's throughout New Zealand and the breeds and colours of dogs have been standardised. When you register your dog for the current dog registration year, you will need to put the specific breed of your dog on your application form. For example, instead of stating Spaniel you will have to state Cocker Spaniel or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel etc. Remember to select a breed and colour and include the age of your dog.

Please Note

  • If your dog passes away you are entitled to a refund of the unused portion of the registration fee from the time of notification), but you must apply in writing and return your current registration tag.
  • If you change address or give your dog to someone else you need to inform Council in writing within 14 days. - You must include your date of birth and sign your dog registration form.
  • If your dog is allowed to wander in an uncontrolled manner you may receive an infringement notice for $200.
  • A Permit is required to keep more than 2 dogs on any premises. (Even with multiple ownership of the dogs.)
  • Under the Dog Control Act 1996 the 'owner' is defined as any person who has the dog in their possession for a period longer that 72hrs.

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