Animal Control

Animal control fees and charges are charged under the Dog Control Act 1996, Impounding Act 1955, and Tararua District Council Bylaws. Dog control infringements are determined by statute and can be found in Schedule 1 (Infringement Offences and Fees) of the Dog Control Act 1996.

  Unit Fee ($)
Animal Control Advice
  Application and compliance advice no charge
Dog Registration
  Urban domestic dog
    Fee if paid on or before 1 August 115.00
    Late fee if paid after 1 August 172.50
  Preferred owner dog
    Fee if paid on or before 1 August 65.00
    Late fee if paid after 1 August * 97.50
    * Preferred owner status may be revoked if paid after 1 August. If revoked, the applicable dog registration fee will apply.
  Rural domestic dog
    Fee if paid on or before 1 August 50.00
    Late fee if paid after 1 August 75.00
  Working dog *
    Fee if paid on or before 1 August 50.00
    Late fee if paid after 1 August 75.00
  * Providing a false statement when registering a dog is an offence subject to a $3,000 fine on conviction.
  Dangerous dog - as classified under the Dog Control Act 1996  
    Fee if paid on or before 1 August Base fee + 50%
    Late fee if paid after 1 August Base fee + 50%
  Disability assist dog with organisation certificate no charge
  Any new dog that is less than 3 months old after 1 August in any calendar year will be charged a pro rata of the dog registration fee for that year.
Other fees
  Dog lead 10.00
  Dog collar - large/extra large 10.00
  Dog collar - small/medium 8.00
  Barking dog collar hire no charge
  Replacement registration tag or disc 2.00
  Application for preferred owner status 72.50
  Application for licence to keep three or more dogs (1ha or less) 115.00
  Application for licence to register a boarding kennel (bylaw) 200.00
  Application for licence to register a breeding kennel (bylaw) 200.00
Impounding
  Dog Pound *  
    First impounding per dog 75.00
    Second impounding per dog 112.50
    Third or subsequent impounding per dog 168.75
    Microchipping (if required) 26.00
    Daily sustenance per dog 15.00
    Costs associated with, but not limited to, vet treatment, supplementary feeding or whelping actual cost including staff time and contractor cost
    Housing dog at other facilities (if required) - veterinary clinics, boarding kennels actual cost including staff time and contractor cost
    Rehoming fee - sustenance, administration, registration, microchip (if required) and property suitability inspection no charge
    Voluntary handover (surrender dog) 40.00
    Euthanise dog 40.00
    * Impounding of dogs with preferred owner status will trigger a review in accordance with Council’s bylaw. Preferred owner status may be revoked.
  Stock Pound  
    Transport of stock actual cost
    First impounding per animal 75.00
    Second or subsequent impounding within 12 months per animal 112.50
    Daily sustenance per animal 12.00
    Costs associated with, but not limited to, tagging (NAIT), vet treatment, inspection, supplementary feeding or animal husbandry actual cost including staff time and contractor cost
    Advertising actual cost including staff time
Dog Control Act infringements statutory fee
Officers Rates
  Administration Officer per hour * 120.00
  Animal Control Officer per hour * 170.00
  Manager per hour * 250.00
  * or part thereof.