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Dogs must be registered from 3 months of age.
We post annual registration invoices to all registered dog owners before 1 July each year.  Registration must be paid by 31 July.  A 25% late penalty fee will be added to all fees paid after 31 July. 
All dogs registered for the first time must be microchipped within 2 months of registration.

Pay your dog registration

Dog registration is an annual fee.  Each year you get a new tag, make sure your dog wears the tag. 
Ways you can pay your dog registration:Pay online now

  • here online(external link) with a debit or credit card
  • internet banking - please quote the code on your invoice
  • in person at customer service 

Registering your dog for the first time

All dogs registered for the first time (except working farm dogs) must be microchipped within 2 months of registration.

Register a new dog by completing the Dog Registration Form [PDF, 458 KB]

Changed address?

Let us know if you change your address or the dog's ownership changes. 

Q. Do I need to tell you if I've transferred from another district

A. Yes. You need to register your dog with us, there's no charge if they were registered with another council.

If your dog has died

Let us know. You're entitled to a refund of the current year's registration.  We calculate the refund from the date you notify us that your dog has died. 

Q. If my dog dies can I use the same tag for my new dog?

A. No.  You need to register your new dog and we'll give you a new tag, there's no cost for the new tag.

What annual registration fees pay for

All councils are required under the Dog Control Act to keep a register of all dogs in their district. And to make sure owners comply with the dog control laws.

The registration fees pay towards the cost of providing dog control services. We have 6 officers based at Gisborne and Te Puia Springs who look after dog and stock control across the whole district. Fees also help to pay for:

  • promotion, tools and maintaining registrations
  • investigation of complaints and non-compliance
  • the dog pound and caring for offending and stray animals
  • prosecutions of people responsible for dogs that attack
  • providing information to the DIA National Dog Database
  • education programmes and materials

The fee amounts take into account the balance between all owners bearing the costs of dog control, and the benefits to ratepayers of having safe and well controlled dogs in the community.

Responsible dog owners are recognised in our fee structure and pay a lower cost as a Selected Owner. 

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