Dog Registration

Registration - Need to know

  • Dog owners must make application to register their dogs before the dog attains the age of 3 months
  • You must register your dogs by 1 July every year

  • Any dog not wearing a current registration label or disc will be treated as unregistered. Replacement tags may be obtained from Council

  • Anyone found in possession of an unregistered dog is liable to receive a $300 infringement fee, so all dog owners are encouraged to ensure that their dog is registered

  • When a dog changes ownership, both the new and old owners must give written notice to Council within 14 days of the change and include the address where the dog will be kept

  • If a dog owner moves, they must give written notice of the new address to Council within 14 days

How to register a dog for the first time

1. Compile relevant information

A copy of the veterinary certificate if your dog has been de-sexed.
The micro-chip number if your dog has already been micro-chipped.
Know whether your dog is pet, hunting/sporting, working or stock droving dog.
Know what breed your dog is.

2. Give us your details

  • Ring our Customer Service Team at 0800 732 732 or visit an area office and supply the details;

We will then email you a form with the details added, for you to check. Once you have checked the details please return the signed form to one of our area offices or email it to ContactCS@southlanddc.govt.nz .

3. Payment

You can do this several ways:

  • Online registration. Once the dog is in our system you will be able to pay for the registration online by going to Pay It (external link) on the front page of our website. You will need the animal number which you can find below the name of your dog on the front of the form. You can pay straight from your bank account or by Visa and Mastercard. There is no surcharge for this facility
  • Pay at our Council offices: Invercargill, Lumsden, Otautau, Riverton, Te Anau, Winton, Wyndham, Stewart Island. Please check all information on your registration form is correct and signed
  • Postal registration Please check all information on your registration form is correct and signed. Incomplete forms will be returned. Post to Southland District Council: PO Box 903, Invercargill 9840.

How to renew dog registration

We will send you a renewal form in early June each year.
Check that the details are current.

You have the options of:

  • Renew online here (external link) . You do not need to return your form if you renew online; and we will post you out the tags. You can pay straight from your bank account or by Visa and Mastercard. There is no surcharge for this facility
  • Deliver to Council offices: Invercargill, Lumsden, Otautau, Riverton, Te Anau, Winton, Wyndham, Stewart Island. Please check all information on your registration form is correct and signed
  • Postal registration Please check all information on your registration form is correct and signed. Incomplete forms will be returned. Post to Southland District Council: PO Box 903, Invercargill 9840.

Council’s dog registration discounts are for the purpose of encouraging responsible ownership, reducing the number of unwanted dogs in the District, and reducing the incidents of aggression/attacks.

 

Registration fee non-working dog

$90
(before possible discounts)

Possible discounts:

 

  • The dog is spayed or neutered

- $10 discount 

  • The dog is in a fenced or controlled property

- $20 discount

  • Responsible owner (according to Council's criteria) & microchipped dog

- $30 discount

Registration fee non-working dog if all discounts apply 

$30

Working dog/ stock droving dog registration

$30

Late registration penalty (for all dogs)

50% of the total registration fee

Dogs neutered after 1 July 2016 

You will need to provide Council with evidence from your vet that your dog has been neutered or spayed, such as a receipt or a certificate.

Fencing or a controlled property

To receive the fencing discount, ensure that your dog is contained on your property in one of the following ways:

  • A fully fenced property; or
  • A fenced or portable enclosure; or
  • A dog motel; or
  • A kennel with an enclosed run attached; or
  • A leash attached to a running wire.

Responsible owner

To receive this discount, you must meet the following criteria:

  • The dog is microchipped as required by the Dog Control Act 1996
  • There has been no written warning, barking abatement notice, seizure or infringement under the Dog Control Act 1996 within the last two years relating to any dog owned by the person applying for the registration

If you want your dog to be microchipped, you can get it done for free at one of Council’s free microchipping sessions.Our Dog Microchipping page has information on where and when you can get your dog microchipped in the District.  

Council is adopting a clean slate approach to good behaviour. Only the previous two years' history will be taken into account with the good behaviour discount.

Download our brochure here [PDF, 275 KB]