Under the Dog Control Act 1996, all dogs in New Zealand must be registered once they reach three months of age (that’s only 12 weeks).
When registering a dog for the first time an owner needs to provide their:
- full name
- address (postal and physical)
- phone numbers
- date of birth
This is a legal requirement and is also a very good way of ensuring you are not confused with someone else with the same name. In addition to your own information, you must supply all of your dog’s details:
- breed (sorry 'mongrel', 'cross' and 'mix' are not recognised breeds)
- whether the dog is desexed or not
- microchip number (if it already has one).
- Address of where the dog will be kept
All of the information on your registration form is completely confidential and may not be given out to anyone else.
Dog registrations are due on 1 July of each year and cover the 12-month period to 30 June of the following year. Renewal notices are mailed early in June for all dogs currently registered with the Council to give owners plenty of warning. If you are renewing your dog’s registration you only need to check that the information we have on record is correct.
The only dogs exempt from registration fees are Seeing, Hearing and disability assist dogs. Once we have been provided with confirmation from the training organisations for these animals, the owners will automatically receive a free tag each year. While the animals are exempt from fees, a registration form still needs to be completed.
Canine COVID-19 Relief for South Taranaki dog owners (for 2020/21 financial year)
In recognition of the effects of COVID-19 on our community, Council has decided to extend a two-month grace period to dog owners before penalties are applied for late registration.
What that means is that dog registrations are still due by 31 July 2020, but owners won’t be penalised for late registration (50% penalty) until 1 October 2020. The normal registration timeline will revert back to 1 August for the 2021/22 registration next year. If you have any concerns about paying your dog registration, please contact the Regulatory Services Team on 0800 111 323 to discuss options. Registrations can be paid at the Hāwera Administration building or any LibraryPlus, in person, by internet banking, or in instalments as automatic payments direct from the owners bank.
Dog Registration Fees (if paid on or before 1 October 2020)
|Rural (first 2 dogs) per dog||$59.00|
|Rural (3 or more) per dog||$49.00|
|Selected Owner Policy||$92.00|
|Selected Owner Policy - spayed/neutered||$71.00|
|Seeing Eye Dog||Free|
|Dangerous Dog||Base Fee + 50%|
Dog Registration Fees (if paid on or after 1 OCtober 2020)
|Rural (first 2 dogs) per dog||$88.50|
|Rural (three or more) per dog||$73.50|
|Selected Owner Policy||If late, taken off SOP and normal dog registration rate applies|
|Seeing Eye Dog||Free|
|Dangerous Dog||Plus 50%|
Owners with queries about registration or anything else to do with dogs are most welcome to contact Animal Management Officers on 0800 111 323 for advice at any time.
It is important that you let us know in writing within 14 days of any changes regarding your dog. If you move out of South Taranaki, you need to make sure you let us, as well as your new Council, know. Click here to inform us of any change of address.
It is important that you let us know in writing within 14 days of any changes regarding your dog.
The maximum number of dogs allowed to be kept in an urban area is two. If you want to keep more than this, you can apply for a permit to do so. Click here to find out more.
If you have moved from another district to South Taranaki you need to notify the previous council of your change of address, and let us know within two weeks of your move. You can do this by calling or emailing the Customer Services team on 0800 111 323 or email.
You also need to complete a dog registration tag swap from your previous council's tag to a South Taranaki tag. You can do this by bringing your current year registration tag into our Administration Building or one of the LibraryPlus centres. There is no charge for your tag swap. Failure to advise change of address can result in an $100 infringement.
Yes you can get another tag free of charge from the Contact Centre or any LibraryPlus throughout South Taranaki.