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.

The below fees are for the 2019/2020 year adopted by council on 29 May 2019. 

  Unit Fee ($)
Animal Control Advice
  Application and compliance advice no charge
Dog Registration
  Urban domestic dog
    Fee if paid on or before 1 August 95.00
    Late fee if paid after 1 August 142.50
  Preferred owner dog
    Fee if paid on or before 1 August 50.00
    Late fee if paid after 1 August * 75.00
    * 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 40.00
    Late fee if paid after 1 August 60.00
  Working dog *
    Fee if paid on or before 1 August 40.00
    Late fee if paid after 1 August 60.00
  * 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 150% of the applicable registration category
    Late fee if paid after 1 August 150% of the applicable registration category
  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 prorate 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
  Replacement registration tag 2.00
  Application for preferred owner status no charge
  Application for licence to keep three or more dogs on a property less than one hectare (bylaw) no charge
  Application for licence to register a boarding kennel (bylaw) no charge
  Application for licence to register a breeding kennel (bylaw) no charge
Impounding
  Dog Pound  
    Impounding charge * per dog 100.00
    Microchipping (if required) 26.00
    Daily sustenance per dog 12.00
    Surrender impounded dog 40.00
    Rehoming inspection fee 20.00
    * 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  
    Impounding fee per animal 60.00
    Daily sustenance - to feed, water and where necessary exercise animals
      Horses, cattle, pigs per animal 10.00
      Sheep, goats, calves, other per animal 7.00
Other Impounding Charges
  Advertising actual cost
  Transport of stock to pound actual cost
  Any further reasonable costs incurred actual cost
  Call-out 66.00
  After hours call-out actual cost
  Travel per kilometre 0.74
Dog control infringements statutory fee
Officers Rates
  Administration Officer per hour * 100.00
  Animal Control Officer per hour * 150.00
  Manager per hour * 200.00
  * or part thereof.