Dog Registration

Public notice

If you missed the news last month, this is a friendly reminder that Council is encouraging and recognising good dog ownership by offering a reduced registration fee for owners that achieve preferred owner status.

Applications for preferred owner status are due by the end of April. If you are granted preferred status, you will be eligible for the reduced fee for the following registration year.

Council is happy to answer any questions you may have regarding Animal Control. You can get in touch with us on 06 374 4080 or 06 376 0110, or email us on

Registering your dog

If your dog was registered last year, you should have received a new registration form in the mail during June. If not, you need to go to your nearest Council Service Centre to collect one or contact us and request it be sent to you.

How much does it cost?

Dogs (Preferred dog status)   $45.00
Working Dogs   $30.00
Rural Domestic Dogs (on properties of 1ha or greater)   $36.00
Domestic Dogs (on properties of less than 1ha)   $82.00
Dangerous Dogs   $123.00 
Preferred Dog Status Property Re-inspection (moved to new property)       $20.00
Rehoming inspection fee   $20.00

Dangerous dogs - 150% of the fee that would apply if dog was not classified as a dangerous dog.

What happens if I don't register my dog by 1 August?

If you don't renew your registration tag by the 1st of August every year, you will be required to pay a penalty fee for each dog. If your dog remains unregistered past the end of August you may receive a fine of $300 per dog as well as the chance of having the dog seized and impounded. You will also lose any preferred dog status and will be ineligible to apply for preferred dog status for 12 months.

Owners are required to register their dogs by 1 August each year, failing which, an additional penalty fee of 50% of the base fee will apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Rural/Working Dog? Rural (working/domestic) Dogs need to be living on more than 1 hectare or farm dogs living in town need proof of ability to work stock. Pig Dogs in Urban areas do not qualify for rural classification.

What is Preferred Dog Status? This is issued to a Dog owner who has complied with certain conditions. You can get the forms from your nearest office or download the forms here (60KB pdf).

What are the benefits of registering your dog? A dog's registration tag offers proof of ownership. It is required under the Dog Control Act 1996 that all dog owners register their dog when it reaches 3 months of age. The details of the owner and the dog are registered on the Council's computer system. If your dog is found and it is wearing its tag, you will be contacted as soon as possible to come and get your dog or it may be returned to you when it is picked up. If you are moving to another district, you can take your Tararua District Council tag to your new local Council and they will exchange it for one of theirs at no charge.

What does my registration pay for? Barking dogs, wandering dogs, dogs causing a traffic hazard, dogs fouling on public/private land, dogs scavenging in rubbish, dogs damaging property, attacks on people/pets/stock/protected wildlife, education for schools, and a 24/7 Animal Control service. Registration pays for 95% of Animal Control's activities, the remaining 5% is collected from rates.

What do I do if my dog has passed away, or if I have sold my dog? If your dog is deceased, you will need to fill out this form and then contact us. If you have left the district, sold or transferred ownership of a dog, you will need to fill out this form and then contact us.

Useful Forms

Below is a list of forms that you may find useful as a dog owner. If you have any queries, or the form you require is not listed below, pop into your nearest Council Service Centre, contact us on 06 374 4080 or 06 376 0110, or send us an email.