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Register your dogRēhita i tō kurī

All dogs in New Zealand must be registered before they're three months old. Here we look at how to get your dog registered and the benefits, along with discounts and refunds. You can also change, cancel or transfer ownership, and organise replacement tags.

Dog Registration

All dogs in New Zealand must be registered before they're three months old. They're then re-registered each year - in Napier this must be by 1 July. 

Reggie Dog Reggo.

Registering your dog

You can print off the Dog Registration Form under the "related documents" at the top of the page, fill it out and bring it in to our Customer Service Centre at 215 Hastings Street if. Or you can do everything online. Right here!

Some important dog rego payment details to note:

  • You need to register your dog before it turns three months old.
  • You're then required to renew your registration annually before 1 July.
  • If your registration fee is not fully paid by 31 July, a late payment penalty will be charged.
  • We offer a deferred payment option. You can set up an automatic payment to pay all your registration fees as long as it is paid in full before 31 July.
  • If you're struggling to pay your dog registration by the due date, please contact NCC and we may be able to provide some guidance.
  • Discounts. We offer a discount to dog owners who have applied for - and received - Responsible Dog Owner status (see below). 
  • Dog Rego Tags. If you pay online we'll automatically send your new dog registration tag to you.
  • View payment options for dog registration.

Register Your Dog online

Changing your details (or your dogs)

Have your contact details changed or do you want to add your email address? Or perhaps you want to update information about your dog? You can do this all online. This form can also be used for adding new dogs, or letting us know if your dog has died, or been sold or passed on. You can also transfer owner details of your dog online.

CHANGE DETAILS ONLINE

Other things we need to know

There are a couple of other questions we'll ask you when you register.

  • Your date of birth. This helps identify you as as an individual and is required under the Dog Control Act 1996. It lets us know we're dealing with the right person - and avoids any confusion between owners who share the same name. We won't accept dog registration without the owner(s) date(s) of birth.
  • This helps identify you as as an individual and is required under the Dog Control Act 1996. It lets us know we're dealing with the right person - and avoids any confusion between owners who share the same name. We won't accept dog registration without the owner(s) date(s) of birth.

Getting a (part) refund of your registration fees

Part of your annual registration fee will be refunded if your dog dies. The amount will depend on how many months are left in the registration year and is applied from the moment NCC receives written notification of the dog’s death.

A dog’s registration applies nationwide. We do not refund registration fees if a dog is lost, stolen or changed owner or district. 

Our Responsible Dog Owner discount

That's far too sad a note to end. We do also offer an incentive for responsible dog owners via a reduced registration fee if you become an official Responsible Dog Owner.

Background to the discount

Up until 2018, we had different discounted charges for:

  • Dog owners who'd undertaken a dog obedience course
  • Licensed dog owners who'd undertaken Council training on dog owners' obligations
  • Dog owners who'd done both of these.

This was pretty confusing and so we've simplified things.

How to get the new Responsible Dog Owner discount

We now offer one discount to all dog owners who have either:

  • Completed an obedience course
  • Completed an obedience course and are a licensed dog owner
  • Are a licensed dog owner but have not completed an obedience course.

If you meet any of the above, then you'll now qualify as a 'Responsible Dog Owner' and get a discount on your annual license fee. If you pay this before Thursday 1 August 2019, your fee (with the discount) will be $74. This compares to the full fee of $110.

To qualify for the Responsible Dog Owner discount, your application must be received and approved before 31 May for the discount to apply for the following year. This includes a one-off application fee of $25 (or $5 for the over-65s).

Anything else?

To apply you must:

  • have been the owner of a registered dog in Napier for a year prior to applying.
  • You need to have paid your registration by the due date.
  • You cannot have committed an infringeable offences or had your dog impounded within the past two years.

NOTE: Your application must be received and approved before 31 May to qualify for the discounted registration fees for the coming year. To find out more on contact us on +64 6 834 4177.

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