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This page contains information on registering your dog(s) for the first time and renewing registration.
It is important to register your dog every year as part of being a responsible dog owner. If your dog is lost, he or she can be quickly and easily identified using a registration tag.
All dogs over the age of three months must be registered. Each dog should be registered at the address where they spend the majority of time. All dogs registered for the first time (except farm dogs used for stock control) must also be microchipped. The Council doesn't offer a microchipping service, but all the local vets will do this.
Your dog must wear its colour-coded registration tag to show it has been registered for that year. The 2021/22 registration tag colour is red.
If your dog has been previously registered with Waimakariri District Council you should receive a renewal notice by mid-June of each year. When you receive your renewal form you can:
Remember that the registration period is very busy for Customer Services and there may be queues at the service centre. If you haven't received your renewal form by the end of June, please download a Dog registration application form and send the form and payment to the Council.
If your dog has been spayed or neutered, please send us a copy of the vet certificate.
* A convenience fee of 2.2% applies
If you are paying your dog registration by internet banking please follow these simple steps:
Your registration tag will be posted to you within one week of receipt of your registration form. If you have not received it within two weeks, please contact Customer Services.
If you are registering a dog for the first time:
If any details have changed since you last registered your dog, you can notify us online or by downloading and completing a form which will need to be returned to us by post, email, or in person at one of our service centres.
If you are completing a paper copy of these forms, please email this to firstname.lastname@example.org, or send the form and attachments to Waimakariri District Council, Private Bag 1005, Rangiora 7440. Alternatively, visit any of our services centres with your vet certificate and/or a microchip barcode if you have them.
If you change your address or give your dog to someone else to look after, either permanently or for longer than one month, you must tell us. You also need to let us know if any details change or need amending if, for example:
If your dog has died please fill out a Notification of death of dog form. This form is available to be completed online, or you can download a copy to fill out here. You can also visit any of our service centres if you wish to notify us in person. A refund of registration fees will be calculated from the date the written notification is received.
If you and your dog change address but remain in Waimakariri, or if you give your dog to someone else, please let us know as soon as possible by completing a Change of address/owner form. This can be completed online or downloaded and returned to any of our services centres or emailed to Customer Services at email@example.com.
If you or your dog move to another area, you need to inform both the Waimakariri District Council and the council in your new area as soon as possible so new licence tags can be issued.
You can view the current dog registration fees on our Dog control fees and charges page.
Registration fees are the primary source of income to fund dog control services. Rates do not subsidise this activity.
Your dog registration fees pay for:
Want more information? Read the information sheet - Where do your dog registration fees go? (pdf, 165.3 KB).
There are two easy ways you can reduce your dog registration fees: