Preferred Owner Status for dogs

Published 14 Mar 2022

Preferred Owner Status for dogs

To encourage and recognise responsible dog ownership, Tararua District Council offers a reduced registration fee for owners that achieve “preferred owner status.”

Your dog must be registered for at least a year before you are eligible to apply for the Preferred Owner Status.

Applications must be made before the last Friday in April, to be eligible for the reduced fee for the following registration year. All approvals are subject to a satisfactory property inspection and administrative checks.

Council is happy to answer any questions you may have regarding preferred owner status. You can get in touch with the Council team by emailing to or phoning 06 374 4080 or 06 376 0110.