We send out annual registration invoices to all registered dog owners before 1 July each year and it must be paid by 31 July. A 25% late penalty fee will be added to all fees paid after 31 July.
How to pay your dog registration
Re-registration - pay online to re-register your dog when you receive your invoice in June. Pay online on our website with a debit or credit card
Quickpay Your Registration
Internet banking - quote the code on your invoice. Here's our bank details
Pay in person at our customer service counter.
To register a new dog, you need to complete the dog registration form.
Once they're registered you can renew their registration each year online.
All dogs registered for the first time must be microchipped within 2 months of registration.
How do you want to receive your annual invoice?
Tell us your preference to receive your annual dog registration invoice and any communication regarding registration. Do you prefer email or post? Complete the form to tell us.
Changed your details?
If you or your dog's details have changed, please let us know as soon as possible. A change may include:
- change of owner for the dog
- change of address of the dog
- recent desexing
- the death or loss of a dog
Dog tags - new smart tag
New metal dog tags will be rolled out as part of this year's dog registration renewals. The first 6000 dogs to register will receive a new smart tag. Next year a further 6000 tags will be available so every dog in the region will have one.
The new metal smart tags replace the plastic tags that needed to be replaced each year. This means dog owners will only need to pay their registration each year and not have to wait for the tag to arrive in the mail.
The smart tag has a QR code on it, generated by Tag King. You can add your dog's name for free, or pay a small one-time fee for their VIP options. The benefit is if your dog goes missing, anyone who finds the dog will be able to scan the QR code for the dog's details.
Gisborne District Council will only be recording your dog's unique registration number on the tag.
Replacement tags are available on request.
What registration fees pay for
We provide a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week service that includes:
- 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
- an education programme and materials
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 fee takes 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.
Refunds and transfers
You just need to register your dog with us, there's no charge if they were registered with another council.
If your dog dies during the registered year, the unused portion of the fee you paid may be refunded.
Please let us know. Refunds are calculated from the date you notify us that your dog has died. You must return the registration tag if requested.
We will not grant refunds for dogs that have been lost, stolen or changed owners or districts.
If my dog died, can I use the same tag for my new dog?
No you need to register your new dog and we'll issue you with a new tag, there's no cost for the new tag.
Failure to register a dog is a $300 infringement fine.