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I hereby confirm that the above information relating to the dog(s) in my care is correct, and that I do not
own, nor have in my possession, any unregistered dogs over the age of three months. I understand my obligations as a dog
NOTES ON REGISTRATION
DOG CONTROL ACT 1996
- The information form has been designed to gain the
information required to register a dog.
- The information on this form will kept by the Waikato
District Council but may only be used for lawful official
purposes and will not be generally available to the public.
However, section 35 allows the name and address of the
owner of any specified dog to be made available to any
person who has made a written application for that
information. The Waikato District Council must be satisfied
of the ident of that applicant and that the information is
required for one of a limited number of purposes, such as
returning a lost dog it its owner or seeking compensation for
- All dogs over the age of 3 months must be registered.
- It is an offence to keep a dog older than 3 months which is
unregistered. On conviction, a court may impose a fine of up
- The application form properly completed, together with the
appropriate fees payable, may be posted to Waikato District
Council, Private Bag 544, Ngaruawahia or deliver to any area
office of the Waikato District Council.
- It is an offence, making application for the registration of a
dog, to make any written statement knowing that statement
to be false. On conviction, a court may impose a fine of up to
- Replacement discs and collars may be obtained from the
Waikato District Council if the current disc or collar has
been lost or stolen.
- Except for working dogs kept solely or principally for the
purposes of herding stock, any dog registered for the for the
first time on or after July 2006 must be implanted with a
functioning microchip transponder within two months from
the date of registration.
- The owner of a dog registered for the first time on or after 1
July 2006 and implanted with a functioning microchip
transponder must supply an original certificate issued by a
registered veterinarian surgeon certifying the implant, or
make the dog available for verification of the microchip by
the Waikato District Council.
- Any dog not wearing a collar having a current registration
label or disc attached will, until the contrary is proved, be
treated as unregistered.
- On change of ownership of any registered dog, both the
previous owner and the new owner must, within 14 days,
give written notice to the [territorial authority or authorities], of
the change of ownership and the residential address of the
new owner and the address at which the dog will be kept. It
is an offence not to comply with this requirement. On
conviction, a court may impose a fine of up to $500.
- If the owner’s address is changed within the district, the
owner must, within 14 days, give written notice of the change
to the Waikato District Council.
- If any dog is transferred to and kept in the district of another
territorial authority, other than the one in which it has been
kept, for 1 month or more, the owner must, within 6 weeks
of the transfer, give written notice of the transfer to both
territorial authorities, setting out the address at which the
dog will be kept. It is an offence not to comply with this
requirement. On conviction, a court may impose a fine of up
- If the fee for the registration of a dog is paid and that dog
dies, a refund will be made on request as follows:
- Where a dog dies before the commencement of the
year, the full fee will be refunded:
- Where the dog dies during the year, 1/12th of the
annual fee for each complete month remaining in the
registration year after the date of application for a
refund will be refunded.
- If any dog is first required to be registered after 20 July in any
registration year, the fee shall be 1/12th of the annual fee for
each complete month remaining in the registration year after
the date of such registration.
- The registration fees include goods and services tax.
- Owners wishing to claim a reduced fee for neutered dogs
must produce a certificate from a veterinarian certifying that
the dog has been neutered.
- If any dog over the age of 3 months is found not wearing a
collar with a current registration label or disc attached, on
land or premises other than its owner’s land or premises, or
in any public place, the dog may be seized and impounded.
CONTROL OF DOGS
Sections 52, 53 and 54A, Dog Control Act 1996
- The owner of a dog must keep the dog under control at all
times and, when in a public place with the dog, must use or
carry a leash at all times.
A dog will be treated as not being under control
- if it is found at large on any land or premises other than a
public place or a private way without the consent (express or
implied) of the occupier or person in charge of the land or
the premises; or
- if it is found at large in any public place or in any private way
in contravention of any regulations or bylaw.
- You will commit an offence and be liable on conviction to a
fine not exceeding $3,000 if you fail to comply with this
OBLIGATIONS OF A DOG OWNER
Section 54 Dog Control Act 1996
The owner of a dog must
- Ensure that the dog receives proper care and attention and is
supplied with proper and sufficient food, water, and shelter;
- Ensure that the dog receives adequate exercise.
You will commit an offence and be liable on conviction to
imprisonment for up to three months or to a fine not exceeding
$5,000 if you fail to comply with this provision.
OBLIGATIONS OF DOG OWNER ON OWNERS
Section 52A Dog Control Act 1996
- The owner of a dog must ensure, when the dog is on land or
premises occupied by the owner,
- That the dog is under the direct control of a person; or
- That the dog is confined within the land or premises in such a
way that it cannot freely leave the land or premises.
You will commit an offence and be liable on conviction to a
fine of $3,000 if you fail to comply with this provision. In
addition, a dog control officer or dog ranger may seize and
impound the dog.