A fee structure has been implemented to reward good dog ownership and the prompt payment of fees.
In order to register your dog, you need to visit Napier City Council to have a form printed.
Remember to register your dog by 3 months of age and then annually on 1 July. Please pay your dog registration on time to avoid late penalty fees.
The applicant must currently own a dog and have demonstrated over the last 12 months that they are responsible owners, ie. Their dog has not been impounded, they have not committed any infringement offences and that the dog is registered over that entire period and has not been the subject of justified complaints during that time.
A property inspection will determine if the property is suitable for the type of dog.
There is an application fee and it is non refundable. The test must be sat and passed before 31 May to obtain discounted fee for the next registration year . When these two conditions have been met the new license holder will attract the discounted registration fee.
Please Note: The licence will be cancelled if the owner is convicted of any offence under the Dog Control Act 1996, the Napier City Council Bylaw 2004, or if the dog has been impounded more than once in any registration year, or has committed an infringement offence, or has been ordered to pay costs or a fine and costs by the District Court.
Your date of birth helps to identify you as an individual. The information is required under the Dog Control Act 1996. It assists us to deal with the right person and avoids confusion with someone else with the same name.
Dog registration will not be accepted without the dog owner(s) date(s) of birth.
If you fail to register your dog on time you may receive an instant $300 infringement fine, your dog may be seized and impounded and you will still have to pay the registration fee. If legal action is taken against you the fine could be up to $3000, and your dog could be removed from your care.
The 2003 Amendment to the Dog Control Act 1996 provided for the setting up of a National Dog Database.
This database will link information about dogs held by all the Council's throughout New Zealand and the breeds and colours of dogs have been standardised. When you register your dog for the current dog registration year, you will need to put the specific breed of your dog on your application form. For example, instead of stating Spaniel you will have to state Cocker Spaniel or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel etc. Remember to select a breed and colour and include the age of your dog.