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).
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.
If you are registering a dog for the first time you can:
- Register your new furry friend with our Dog Online form
- Request a dog registration pack from our customer support team. See our contact us page for details
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 using our Dogs Online Form. Your first priority is to get your dog registered.
We've merged all of our dog registration and admin forms into one handy, easy-to-complete 'Dog Online' form.
This form covers:
- New registrations (including the new registration of dogs from other councils)
- Fencing rebates
- Neutering rebates
- Submission of microchipping certificate
- Dog registration refunds
A copy of this online form will be sent to your email address upon completion.
Dog Registration Renewals (May to July each year)
All dog registrations in NZ expire 30th June each year, regardless of when they were first registered, and Waipā’s annual renewal process begins 1st May.
Around mid-May all dog owners should receive a renewal notice by post, and payment is due by 30th June.
We allow an extra month to pay your fee, but any unpaid registrations after 31st July will incur a 50% penalty fee.
Renew your dog registration online
Please note: registrations made online will be assigned a strap style tag.
If your dog is already in our system you can simply renew their registration online using your dog's 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.
Remember to attach your dog’s registration tag to its collar. This year’s tag colour is YELLOW.
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.
DOG REGISTRATION FEES 2022/23
Standard Fee if paid by 31 July 2022 (penalty will be applied 31st July)
Fee incl 50% penalty if paid from 1st August 2022
Urban Fee (for full year):
Neutered Rebate ($10)
Fencing Rebate ($15)
Fencing and Neutered Rebates ($25)
Rural Fee (for full year)
IMPOUNDING FEES 2022/2023
Until 30th June 2022
From 1st July 2022 to
30th June 2023
First Impound Fee
Second and subsequent impounding
within the same registration year
(standard fee each time)
(standard fee each time)
Feeding and Care per day
(from 2nd day)
Microchipping Implant Fee
Dog leads for sale
$ 18 - $20
$ 18 - $20
Doggy doo bag refills
Permits – new
Disposal fee for unclaimed dogs