Dog registration and microchipping

Register your dog

To help keep dogs safe and enable us to reunite lost dogs with owners, all dogs are required by law to be microchip and register with their local council from the month that the dog turns three months old, or arrives in New Zealand.

​​​​​​​​​To apply, your pet needs to be microchipped and the microchip number must be included on your application form.

 

Register your dog 

What you need to complete the application form:

  • Dog details
  • Previous registration details
  • Microchip number
  • Desexing certificate.

Renewing your registration 

You must renew your registration by 20 July each year.

If your details have changed, you no longer live in the Waikato District, or your animal is no longer with you, please notify us.

We will send you a renewal form in the mail in early June each year.

To pay your animal registration renewal online have your renewal notice ready and refer to your animal reference number (not your animal tag number).

Make online payment

Dog registration fee discounts 

Desex your dog

Attach written proof or a copy of your dog’s de-sexing certificate when you register your dog and you will get a year’s free dog registration.

This is subject to the following condition:

The dog is not classified as a dangerous dog that has been required to be neutered or spayed under provisions set out in the Dog Control Amendment Act 2003.

Written proof is provided by a certified veterinary surgeon who has adequately described the dog involved.

To be eligible for this, please sign your registration renewal notice and return to us with your desexing certificate.

Become an approved, selected and farm owners

If you are a “good dog owner” and your dog has not been reported to Council or impounded for the past two years then you should already be classed as an approved dog owner and receive a discounted dog registration fee.

If you meet the approved dog owner criteria then you can also apply to become a selected owner or farm owner. If you meet our criteria for either of these then your dog registration fee will be further discounted.

To learn more or to apply visit our Dog owner classifications details below.

Dog owner classifications 

Our general approach when setting the fees is to presume that all owners are classified as ‘approved’ unless breaches to the classification are made within a 12-month period. If you are unsure what owner classification you have please phone 0800 492 452.

The Waikato District Council classifies dog owners according to the following criteria:

Approved owner

Approved dog owners receive a discounted dog registration fee of $76.

The approved owner classification applies to all new dog owners who have not previously owned a dog, or current owners who have not been subject to any of the following offences:

  • impounded dog
  • registered complaint
  • prosecution
  • infringement fine
  • non-notification of changes to ownership details
  • repeated non-payment of registration fee.

A dog owner moving to the district will be given consideration for the approved owner classification if proven evidence of previous history relating to the above criteria is presented.

Any owner who breaches two or more of the above criteria within a 12-month period will lead to immediate cancellation of the approved owner classification and will be reverted to the general owner classification for a period of two years.

To requalify for the approved owner classification the owner must remain offence-free for two consecutive years.

 

Selected owner

Selected dog owners receive a discounted dog registration fee of $47.

The selected owner classification applies to a dog owner who lives on a property that is less than 20 hectares and complies with the following conditions:

  • currently meets the approved owner classification
  • meets the minimum standards for accommodation of dogs (as set out in the Code of Animal Welfare) provides a fully fenced dog-proof section or area of the premises, appropriate for the size of the dog/s kept. A property inspection is required to meet this criteria.

Any breach of these conditions will lead to the immediate cancellation of the selected owner classification.

Note: Property inspections, which are required to meet these conditions, cost $65.

Apply online

 

Farm owner

Farm owners receive a discounted dog registration fee of $47

The farm owner classification applies to a rural dog owner who lives on and farms a property of 20 hectares or more, and who:

  • currently meets the approved owner classification
  • meets the minimum standards for accommodation of dogs (as set out in the Code of Animal Welfare). A property inspection is required to meet this criteria
  • ensures that all home killing and the disposal and or treatment of offal and trimmings, including the heads of sheep and goats, are carried out in an approved dog-proof enclosure or killing facility
  • does not fed or allow the dog/s access to any raw offal or untreated sheep or goat meat
  • will undertake voluntarily treatment for hydatids and sheep measles as part the regular dog worming programme with the local veterinarian.

Any breach of these conditions will lead to the immediate cancellation of the farm owner classification.

Note: Property inspections, which are required to meet these conditions, cost $65.

Apply online

 

General owner

A general owner has generally breached one or more of the offences listed under the approved owner classification and is recognised as follows:

  • cannot supply evidence of a dog previously registered or has kept unregistered dog under another local authority
  • has had a dog impounded
  • has been the subject of a registered complaint
  • has been prosecuted for a dog offence
  • has received an infringement fine.
  • To qualify for approved owner classification the owner must remain offence-free for two consecutive years.

Update or cancel your dog’s registration 

If your details have changed, you no longer live in the Waikato District or your pet is no longer with you please notify us by completing the following form.

Update your details online here

Registration and renewal fees 

 

Description Charge 2017/2018 ($)
Payment by 20 July (discounted rate)
General owner 102.0
Approved owner 76.00
Farm owner - 47.00
Selected owner 47.00
Guide dogs 5.00
Hearing dogs 5.00
Dogs neutered in previous year
(special conditions apply)
Free registration
before 1 August
Dangerous 153.00

 

Basic registration fee (after 20 July) (full rate)
General owner 122.00
Approved owner 96.00
Selected & farm owner 67.00
Selected & farm owner 67.00

 

Other charges
Application for selected owner 65.00
Application for permit to keep more than two dogs 65.00
Disposal/surrender 48.00
Implanting of microchips 40.00

 

Collars & tags
Small 7.00
Medium 12.00
Large 13.00
Exchange tags Free of charge
Replacement tags 6.00

 

Registration of pups age 3 months
General owner  
July 122.00
August 111.80
September 101.60
October 91.40
November 81.30
December 71.10
January 61.00
February 50.80
March 40.60
April 30.50
May 20.30
June Free of charge

 

Approved owner

July 96.00
August 88.00
September 80.00
October 72.00
November 64.00
December 56.00
January 48.00
February 40.00
March 32.00
April 24.00
May 16.00
June Free of charge

 

Selected/farm owner

July 67.00
August 61.40
September 55.80
October 50.20
November 44.60
December 39.10
January 33.50
February 27.90
March 22.30
April 16.70
May 11.20
June Free of charge

 

Failure to renew registration 

The fine for not registering your dog is $300.

 

Microchipping

Microchipping and registration make it easier to identify and return lost and/or impounded dogs.

Microchipping is compulsory for all dogs which are being registered for the first time from 1 July 2006; and for any dog which has been classified as dangerous or menacing on or after 1 December 2003.

Microchipping is not compulsory for farm dogs and working dogs; however it becomes compulsory if they end up in one of our pounds and are either unregistered, or registered but it's the second time they've been impounded.

Your dog must be microchipped before it can be registered. Ask your local vet about microchipping or our Animal Control staff offer microchipping at either our Ngaruawahia or Pukekohe pounds from Monday to Friday during pound hours - 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

Permits

In the Waikato district, no more than two dogs over the age of three months may be housed on individual premises in urban areas; and in country/lifestyle areas which are not zoned ‘rural’. Multi-unit housing and Papakaainga housing areas are restricted to one dog per household.

If you wish to keep more than the maximum number of dogs in either of the above situations, you will need a special permit to do so. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis and will require permission from your neighbours.

Permit conditions

All requirements of the Dog Control Act 1996  and Waikato District Council Dog Control Bylaw 2015 MUST be met at all times:

Dog owner complaint history shall be reviewed and considered on an individual basis.

The owner must meet the 'approved owner' and 'selected owner' policy criteria (see dog registrations for more information).

You must have written consent from neighbours who live on adjoining properties. If you are renting you must have written consent from the landlord or property owner.

Your property's fences must be able to contain and retain all dogs on the property.

You must provide adequate kennelling or other housing that is sited as to ensure adequate shade, warmth and dry conditions.

Permits declines and revocations

Any application to keep a dog which has been classified as menacing or dangerous under the Dog Control Act will be declined.

If you are granted a permit but breach its standards conditions - or (if applicable) its special terms or special conditions as set by the Council, your permit will be cancelled. You will have to re-apply for a permit and redress any situation which contributed to the breach.

Your permit is also specific to the number of dogs applied for at that time, so if you obtain any additional dogs without advising us, your permit will be cancelled and you will have to re-apply for one under the new situation.