Dog Registration


Your dog registration notices should arrive with you shortly.
Due to the delay in sending out dog registration invoices this year, we have extended the payment period as follows:
* Selected Dog Owner registrations are due by 31 August 2021.
* All other Dog Owners registrations are due by 30 September 2021.
The additional 50% late registration penalty fee applies from 1 October 2021.
The free microchipping clinic at Leckie Street Dog Park in Timaru, scheduled for Saturday 31 July 2021, is postponed. It will be held on 28 August 2021, from 11.30am to 12 noon.
Please note there has been a misprint, for the community microchip/home visit fee, the fee is $30 and not $25 as stated in the K9 newsletter.

To renew your dog registration online, please visit our dog registration renewal page.

All dogs must be registered at the age of three months and from 1 July every year thereafter. Registration is due on 1 July, to be paid by 31 August. If your dog is neutered or spayed or you have Selected Owner Status, you'll get a discounted fee.

New dog owners will need to fill in a dog registration form.

After your first registration, you are eligible to be considered for Selected Owner Status.

Your registration fee does not just cover the issue of your dog registration tag, but contributes to many aspects of dog control, including:

  • Implementing, monitoring and enforcing dog control policy and law
  • Investigating and resolving dog complaints
  • Promoting better care and control of dogs
  • Education around safety around dogs and bite prevention
  • Upkeep of dog administration (e.g. registration database)
  • Providing care and facilities for impounded dogs

The collar tag will be issued upon receipt of your registration fee and any other charges due.

Council mails out renewal notices in mid June each year to the mailing address contained in your registration records.

If you change your address you must notify Council of this. Check with Customer Services if you do not receive your renewal notice by 30 June to avoid non-renewal.

What happens if I don't pay my dog registration?

Failure to pay your dog registration may result in a penalty fee being added. Continued failure to pay could result in a $300 fine, seizure and impounding of your dog or prosecution under the Dog Control Act.

Where a dog owner with a "responsible dog owner" status under the Selected Owner Policy fails to pay their registration by 31 July of any year, the registration fee will revert to the standard fee for the classification of dog and the owner will lose Selected Owner status for that year.

Transferring registration

If you get a dog that is registered under someone else's name or you give the dog to someone else, you need to advise the Council in writing within 14 days.

If your dog has died

We understand that this can be a very difficult time, but you need to notify Council if your dog has died or has been put down. You may be eligible for a refund of part of your dog registration fee if it is part way through the registration year. Simply let us know by phone if there is no refund being sought, or by email or coming in to see someone at the Council if you are seeking a refund. Please be advised that it is an offence to state that your dog is dead, knowing that statement to be false.

Update your details

If you leave the area or change your contact details, you need to let the Council know in writing within 14 days.

Last updated: 20 Jul 2021