The Dog Control Act 1996 requires that all dogs in New Zealand be initially registered by three months of age, and annually after that (by 30th June each year).
Dog registrations are now open for the 2020/2021 year with fees due by 30th June. A 50 per cent penalty fee will be added to any unpaid fees from 1 August.
There are many ways you can register your dog. You can do it online, over the phone or by popping into one of our offices in Cambridge or Te Awamutu.
Renew your dog registration online
If your dog is already in our system you can simply renew their registration online using your dogs’ unique ID numbers, which you'll find on your re-registration notice.
Renew your dog registration online here using Account2Account, credit card (surcharge applies) or debit card. You can add multiple Dog IDs to your shopping cart and make a single secure transaction.
Want to know more about other available payment options? Visit the Make a Payment page for more details.
If you are registering a dog for the first time you can:
- Register your furry friend online.
- Request a dog registration pack from our customer support team. See our contact us page for details, or
- Download a registration form here: Application to register your dog 2020-2021.
When registering your dog for the first time you may also:
- Provide a copy of a neutering certificate from your vet - urban dogs receive a discount
- Provide a copy of the microchip certificate provided by a vet or Council Animal Control Officer
- Complete a fencing rebate application if you have dog-proof fencing (urban dogs only)
…or you can follow up with these requirements at a later time. Your first priority is to get your dog registered.
Remember to attach your dog’s registration tag to its collar. This year’s tag colour is BLUE.
Your registration fees help pay for Council’s 24-hour dog control service, maintaining pound facilities, dog exercise areas and signage, doggy doo bins and public education activities.
Dog registration fees vary in cost depending on where in the district you live. Failure to register a pup by three months of age or any adult dog within 14 days of new ownership can also incur a penalty fee of 50% on top of the relevant fee.
Check out our Fees and Charges for the current registration year below.
Council offers rebates for urban dogs if:
- You can provide a vet certificate confirming your dog is desexed,
- Your dog is contained behind dog-proof property fencing, subject to inspection by an animal control officer. The cut-off date for fence rebate applications is 1 April each year, to allow enough time for all properties to be inspected prior to dog registration notices being posted.
You can save time and apply for a fencing rebate application completely online.
Or download the form here: Apply for a fence rebate.
Dog registration refund
If your dog passes away, you can apply for a refund of the registration fee (pro rata rate). You can choose to credit your rates or water account or donate to pooches in need (options are detailed on application form).
You can now save time and process a change in your dog's registration refund completely online.
Or download the form here: application for dog registration refund.
It’s important to let us soon as a dog owner’s details change, or if you move to a new address. You can update your dog's address details online or at a Council office.
Applying for more dogs
The Dog Control Bylaw 2015 restricts the number of dogs kept on urban properties to two dogs, and five dogs at rural dwellings.
Use these forms to apply to keep more dogs: