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.
Registering your dog
You can print off the Dog Registration Form at the bottom of this 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 passed their Dog Owner Licence and/or whose charges have obtained a Dog Obedience Certificate above puppy level.
- Dog Rego Tags. If you pay online we'll automatically send your new dog registration tag to you.
- View payment options for dog registration.
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.
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.
Getting a reduced registration fee
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 get a Dog Owner Licence.
How do you get one?
- You must have been the owner of a registered dog in Napier for a year prior to applying to become a licensed owner.
- You need to have paid your registration by the due date.
- You can't have committed an infringeable offences or had your dog impounded within the last two years.
Then you'll need to pass a short test which covers NCC's Council’s Dog Control Policy and Bylaw. We'll give you a booklet when you apply: the test questions are at the back. One of our animal control officers will also inspect your property to check your fencing and kennelling is suitable.
We also offer a reduced application fee for those aged 65 and over. There's no property inspection for this age group but we call to run through the questions at the back of the DOLT booklet before issuing the licence.
NOTE: The inspection and test must be completed 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.