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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. 

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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

Keeping more than Two dogs

You can print off the Application for the keeping more than two dogs for under 'related documents' at the top of this page, form fill it out and bring it in to our Customer Service Centre at 215 Hastings Street. Or you can do it online:

Licence to keep more than two Dogs

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

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.

Our Responsible Dog Owners discount

We offer an incentive for responsible dog owners via a reduced registration fee if you become an official Responsible Dog Owner. In 2018 we reviews how the discount was awarded and simplified things. 

Here's how to get the new Responsible Owners discount: 

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

  • Completed an obedience course or K9 Good Citizen certificate or similar, there are so many worthwhile courses you can take to improve your dog. 
  • Or have been the owner of a registered dog in Napier for at least one year, have always paid their dogs registration by the due date and have not committed an infringeable offence under the Dog Control Act, breached a NCC By-Law, been the subject of persistent barking complaints or had your dog impounded within the past two years. 

If you meet the above criteria, then you'll qualify as a 'Responsible Dog Owner' and get a discount on your annual license fee. 

How to apply:

Download the Responsible Dog Owner booklet

  • You can also collect a copy of the Responsible Dog Owner booklet from NCC Customer Service on Hastings St. 
  • Read and complete the self-test at the rear and return the answered sheet to Customer Services.
  • Pay a one-off application fee of $25 (or $5 for the over-65s).

(NCC reserves the right to remove this classification for any breach of the Animal Control Act or NCC By-Laws)

NOTE: Your application must be received and approved before 20 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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