Annual Dog Registration
The registration year for dogs runs from the 1 July to the 30 June each year. During the month of July every year you must ensure that your dogs are registered for the coming year.
How to Pay for your Dog's RegistrationIf your dog is currently registered the Council will send you a registration reminder in June. That will give you about six weeks to register your dog.
If you pay before 1 September you will pay the standard fee. If you pay after 1 September you will be required to pay the late fee.
If you are found with an unregistered dog you may be issued with a $300.00 fine and your dog may be impounded.
You may pay by mail (cheque) or over the counter (cheque, cash, eftpos) at the Kaipara District Council offices in Dargaville or Kaiwaka.
Please make sure that you attach (or have with you) your completed and signed dog registration form showing any changes in dog details since the previous registration. PLEASE DO NOT DETACH THE END PORTION OF THE REGISTRATION FORM.
Where Does the Registration Money Go?Your dog's registration fee helps fund the activities of the Council's animal management services.
This means that the cost of providing a professional dog management service is shared between all dog owners.
What are the Benefits of Dog Registration?The Kaipara District Council is required by law to ensure that all dogs within the Council District are registered. Registration indicates to the Council that the owner is aware of their legal responsibilities as a dog owner. These responsibilities are contained in the Dog Control Act 1996 and the Kaipara District Policy on Dogs and Dog Management Bylaw.
Registration TagsRegistered dogs receive a colour-coded tag that must be worn at all times on their collar. The colour changes each year. With this tag, your dog can be easily identified and returned to you if he is found wandering. Other registered dogs that may be upsetting your pet or causing you a problem to your family or property, can also be identified and incidents followed up with their owners.
If you dog loses its tag, there is a small charge to replace it. The replacement tag will have a new registration number.
Change of AddressIf you change your address or give your dog to someone else to look after, either permanently or for longer than 14 days, you must tell us. If you and your dog change address but remain in the same Council area, please contact us within 14 days.
If you or your dog move to another area, find out what you need to do to transfer your registration by contacting the Council in that area (usually you will go into the new Council and simply swap your currently registration tag for a new one in the new area) at no charge.
If your Dog DiesIf your dog dies, please let Kaipara District Council Animal Management know. If possible attach a certificate from your vet before sending us notification. You must actually request a refund in writing. Forms are available from either the Dargaville or the Kaiwaka Council offices. Once we receive your notification, we will refund your registration for every full month remaining in the registration year (excluding June). For example if your dog is currently registered and dies in September, provided that we have received notification during that same month the registration fee will be refunded from October until the end of the financial year which is 30 June annually.
PuppiesPuppies need to be registered before they are 12 weeks old. It is best to apply for your registration well before that date.
Special PermitsIf you live in a residential zone and own, or are keeping, more than two dogs you will need to apply for a permit for that property. Application forms may be downloaded from the website or you may telephone the Customer Services Team on 0800 100 388 to have one sent to you.
You will need to get signatures off neighbours and your landlord if you rent your house. The history of you as a dog owner and that of your dogs will be taken into consideration; also the cleanliness and size of the kennelling facilities on your property.
If you move address or acquire a different dog, you will need to re-apply for another permit.