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Dog Registration

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This page contains information about registering your dog in the Whangarei district.
Updated: 15/06/2020 2:18 p.m.

If you keep a dog then it must be registered.

Dogs are required to be registered before they reach the age of 12 weeks and after that, on or before 31 July each year.

How to register your dog

Your dog must be registered during July each year and we customarily send out registration invoices in mid-June as a reminder and to allow people to register early.

Complete the Dog Registration Form and send it together with payment to us.

Follow the link below to download a copy of the form.

Dog Registration Form [286kb]


Payments for dog registration invoices and dog infringements can be made online using our secure online payments area.

For details of other payment methods, follow the link below.

Registration fees

Registration fees are used to maintain a safe and healthy environment for residents, dog owners and their pets. We do not profit from dog fees.

The fees structure is designed to reward good dog ownership. You can reduce your fees by neutering or spaying your dog. Registering your dog pays for:

  • enforcing the Dog Control Act and bylaws 
  • education programmes and campaigns for schools and community or business groups
  • dog management including law enforcement, patrols and attending to complaints and incidents
  • administering the animal management offices and kennels
  • administering our dog management programme.

Fees are GST inclusive. For details of all our fees for dog registration, follow the link below.

Late registration

If you do not register your dog before 1 August, a $300 infringement notice may be issued and/or your dog may be seized or impounded.

Fees for feeding and caring for your dog may also apply and your dog must be registered and microchipped before its release. 

You may also incur a penalty fee. Late registrations create additional administrative costs in reminders and postage as well as staff time. The implementation of a penalty encourages dog owners to register on time.

The dog register

The government requires us to keep a database of dogs registered in the Whangarei district. Information shown on the register includes:

  • name, address and date of birth of the owner of the dog
  • address at which the dog is kept
  • description of the dog eg breed, colour, distinguishing markings
  • the age and sex of the dog (including whether the dog is neutered or not)
  • whether the dog is classified as a dangerous or menacing dog
  • description of any tattoo or microchip transponder that provides other permanent identification on the dog
  • the registration number of the tag or disc issued for the dog.

It is compulsory to supply your date of birth when you register your dog. This detail is required to enable you to be distinguished from anybody else with the same name.

So that the dog register can be kept up to date, please advise us of any changes about your dog as they occur.

If you move to another council's area, you must notify us and the other council, in writing, of your new address within 14 days of the change. You may be liable for a fine of $100 if you do not notify within the 14 days.

Dog ownership

For further information about the responsibilities of owning a dog, follow the link below.

Responsible Dog Ownership

Contact us

For any queries on the topics covered on this page or if you wish to make a complaint or enquiry, please contact us on our main number +64 9 430 4200, which operates 24/7.

Please click on the link below for our full contact details.


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