Multiple dog licence

Dog owners have to get a multiple dog licence if they have more than two dogs on their property (this does not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area).

If there is more than one dog owner on the property the owners can make a joint application, as the licence is issued to the property.

To apply you will need to complete & return this form [PDF, 180 KB] and pay the $50 application fee.

The licence has standard conditions, such as making sure your dogs are not a barking nuisance. 

Once you have a licence, you only need to reapply if: 

  • You move to another property
  • The number of dogs on your property is higher than your licence allows 

If you move, your new house will need to pass another property inspection. There is no fee for this.

Qualifying criteria

Property inspection

When Southland District Council receives a licence application, a dog control officer will check your property to see if:

  • It is appropriate for the size, breed and number of dogs there
  • The dogs are kept in clean, sanitary conditions and adequate exercise, food, water and shelter (from the wind, rain and sun) is provided
  • the dogs are properly confined to the property
  • the dogs do not pose a threat to the neighbourhood and they are not causing a nuisance (the breed or type of dogs will be considered as part of this and the dog control officer will also check if there is a history of complaints against any of the dogs).

Neighbourhood feedback

A dog control officer may speak with your immediate neighbours, including those at the back of your property and next to your driveway. 

If they raise any concerns, the officer will investigate why and try to resolve them.

Licence removal

Probationary & disqualified owner

If one of the dog owners on a property is a probationary or disqualified owner, Council will not issue a licence to increase the number of dogs.

Southland District Council can withdraw your licence or reduce the number of dogs it applies to if you do not meet conditions. Examples of conditions are:

  • The welfare and care of the dogs
  • Removal of dog droppings
  • Sufficient housing for the dogs
  • No barking problems
  • Containment of the dogs 

There is no right of objection to Council if your licence is revoked, however you can re-apply after 12 months.