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. Please email through any new information to us to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't forget you can always pay online. If you do pay online, we will mail out the tags to you.
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.
Early Bird Dog Registration Fees (if paid before 1 August 2022)
|Rural (first 2 dogs) per dog||$62.00|
|Rural (3 or more) per dog||$51.00|
|Selected Owner Policy||$95.00|
|Selected Owner Policy - spayed/neutered||$74.00|
|Seeing Eye Dog||Free|
|Dangerous Dog||Base Fee + 50%|
|More than 2 Dogs Permit (application fee per property)||$80.00|
Dog Registration Fees (penalty applied if paid on or after 1 August 2022)
|Rural (first 2 dogs) per dog||$93.00|
|Rural (three or more) per dog||$76.50|
|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 Quality Assurance Team on 0800 111 323 for advice at any time.
What if I change address?
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.
What if there is a change in dog owner?
It is important that you let us know in writing within 14 days of any changes regarding your dog.
I live in an urban area and want to keep more than two dogs at my property - what can I do?
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.
I've moved to South Taranaki
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.
Can I get another tag?
Yes you can get another tag free of charge from the Contact Centre or any LibraryPlus throughout South Taranaki.