Dog Registration

You will need your Animal number, which you can find on your registration document.

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

Here are the simple steps to follow to register your new dog with Southland District Council:

Step one: Compile relevant information

  • Know what breed your dog is
  • If your dog has been de-sexed, have a digital photograph or scan of the veterinary certificate
  • If your dog has been micro-chipped, have the micro-chip number and a digital photograph or scan of the micro-chip certificate
  • Know if your dog is a pet, working or stock droving dog. Find out more about what constitutes a working dog.

Step two: Apply online

The easiest way to register a dog for the first time is to register your new dog online. We will then send you a confirmation email that your dog is in our system, along with a personalised link to the payment portal.

You will be able to pay online using your Visa or Mastercard or pay straight from your bank account. There is no surcharge for this facility.

You can also pay in person at our Council offices: Invercargill, Lumsden, Otautau, Riverton, Te Anau, Winton, Wyndham or Stewart Island. You will need your dog’s registration number which is in your confirmation email.

Once the registration fee has been paid we will issue you with a payment receipt and a dog tag.

You can also apply in person

If you can’t register your dog online, ring our Customer Service Team on 0800 732 732 or visit an area office to have the registration processed.

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 (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.

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