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All dogs 3 months and older must be registered

Dog registration is annual and must be renewed before 31 July every year or penalties will be charged.  You may be eligible for a Responsible Owner Licence but your dog must be registered before the due date. Failure to register your dog by 31 July of any year will disqualify your ROL.

Note: Trained Dogs used by the Visually and Hearing Impaired, Police and Army must also be registered, however registration for these dogs is free. 

If your dog is unregistered, you may be fined up to $300 and/or your dog may be impounded. Border collie

All about Dog Registration

Dog Control Policy and Bylaw

Hauraki District Council's Dog Control Policy and bylaws aim to promote the control of dogs and responsible dog ownership.

Two Dogs to a Section

Only two dogs are allowed on a section in an urban area. If an owner wishes to have more, they will need to apply to the Council for Dispensation.

How to Register your dog 

If you’re registering for the first time...

Visit one of our service centres, or download a registration form from our website, complete it and get it back to us with your payment.

If your dog has previously been registered ...

1. We’ll send you a registration form in the post. If your details on the form are correct, simply date and sign it, and return it to us with your payment. Online payments by credit card can also be made. See payment methods.

2. If any of the information on the form is incorrect, make the corrections on the form, sign and date it and return it to us with your payment.

3. If you make corrections on the form that affect your fees, use the fee section below to re-calculate the amount owing. Note: We require a copy of your desexing veterinary certificate with your application.

Registration Fees

Dog registration fees cover one year from 1 July until 30 June. The following fees apply from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.

Dog Owner Classification Registration Fee (incl GST) Penalty fee if paid after 31 July Fee If Paid After 31 July
General Dog   
Entire $100.00 $50.00 $150.00
Desexed (Vet Certificate required) $75.00 $37.50 $112.50
Dogs in excess of three (3) $35.00 $17.50 $52.50
Responsible Owner Licence (ROL) Dog*
Entire $57.00 Loss of licence $150.00
Desexed (Vet Certificate required) $42.00 Loss of licence $112.50
Dangerous Dog
Entire - 150% of general fee $150.00 $75.00 $225.00
Desexed (Vet Certificate required) - 150% of general fee $112.50 $56.25 $168.75

* Responsible Owner Licences (ROL) applications are accepted from 1 June 2020 to 15 July 2020.
Failure to register your dog by 31 July of any year will disqualify your ROL.


To register a dog, the owner will need to fill out and sign an application form and lodge it with the registration fee at any of our Area Offices or by Mailing the Application Form and Payment to Hauraki District Council.

Hauraki District Council accepts Cash, Cheque, EFTPOS and now Online Credit Card payments.

Impounding Fees
Item Fee
First impounding $70.00
Second impounding $100.00
Third impounding $160.00
Sustenance Fee (additional charge) $12.00
per day
Microchipping fee to be paid for unregistered dogs before release from the pound $47.00
Other Fees
Miscellaneous Fee
Consent to keep more than two dogs in an urban area** $52.00
Responsible Owner Licence (ROL) application fee $32.00
Transferred ROL inspection fee  $25.00
Replacement dog registration tag (for lost or damaged tags) $5.00
** Refer to the Hauraki District Council Dog Control Bylaw [PDF, 1.4 MB]  for more information.

Paying dog registration 

Dog registration fees can be paid in the following ways: 

  • In Person - You can pay by Eftpos, cash or cheque at any of the Council offices and receive your tag(s) on the spot.
  • Post - Please check, complete and sign the declaration on the front of the registration form and post with your payment to: Hauraki District Council, PO Box 17, PAEROA 3640.
  • Electronic Banking - Full payment must be received and completed, signed registration form sent back in.

Please credit:
Hauraki District Council - Dog Registration       Account No. 02-0396-0064018-004

Please include the following on your payment:

Particulars Code Reference
(Dog Owner Name) DOG REG (Owner ID Number)

This information can be found on your registration form.

Please note: If you pay by electronic banking, you still need to sign the registration form and return it to the Hauraki District Council. Processing of your payment will not be made until this form is received. Tag(s) will be posted once the payment has processed.

  • Credit Card payments online - The Hauraki District Council can now accept credit card payments for your dog registrations.  To use this service you must have received a dog registration form from the Hauraki District Council. For new or dogs transferred into the district please contact our office for further direction.

Pay by credit card

A convenience fee of 2.355% of your payment amount and 17 cents per transaction (including GST) applies. This applies to all credit card types. This is to cover the costs associated with accepting credit card payments.

Registration forms

To register your dog in the Hauraki District you will need to complete the Dog Registration Form [PDF, 156 KB]  Adobe PDF document and take it with payment into one of our Council Offices to receive a registration tag for your dog.

See also ROL - Responsible Owner Licence

Renewing dog registration

Customers can Renew their dog's registration at any of our Hauraki District Council offices where they will receive a registration tag on the spot.

If you would like to pay by mailing your payment we will post the registration tag to you within 10 working days of receipt of payment.   Dog Registration Form [PDF, 156 KB] Adobe PDF document 

Dog registration rebates

Customers are entitled to a rebate on their dog registration if the dog is desexed.

If your dog is desexed, they must present a desexing certificate (or include a copy by mail) when registering for the first time.

Refunds can not be given on dogs which are desexed after they have been registered. The Rebate will apply the next registration year.

What does dog registration pay for?

Registration fees go towards the cost of Animal Control Services and the requirements of the Dog Control Act.

Some of the services are:

  • Promoting better care and control of dogs 
  • Responding to dog control complaints
  • Impounding of dogs and maintaining Pound Register
  • Provide and maintain shelter/pound facilities
  • Taking legal action against owners of unregistered dogs
  • Implementing dog control policies on dogs
  • Monitoring and enforcing the local Council dog control bylaws


A penalty of 50% applies for all late payment of registration after the 31 July each year.

Replacement tags

Replacement Tags (in cases of loss or damage) incur a fee of $5.00.

To purchase a replacement tag you will need to fill in a Replacement Tag Form [PDF, 60 KB] Adobe PDF document which you can obtain from any Hauraki District Council office. You can then post this form or present it in person with payment to receive a replacement tag. 

Change of details

For customers wanting to change of details such as name or address, please complete and return the following form:

or call into one of our Council offices and we can change these details at any time.

Please note that we will require positive identification to action these changes.

If you’re on the move...

If you change address, we need to know in writing within 14 days. Also, if your dog is sold or given away, you and the new owner need to let us know in writing within 14 days, or you could be fined up to $500.

dog on the move

Part of year registrations

Full registration is required if the dog owner has had the dog in their care for that period.

New Registrations for new puppies or new dog to an owner made after the 31 July will incur a pro rata payment equivalent to the number of months remaining in the current registration year.

Dog new to District / Exchange tag

If a dog is currently registered with another Local Authority the owner must present proof of registration or the current Dog Tag and we will issue them with an exchange of tag for the remainder of the current year of registration, at no cost.

Dog has died

In the event that your registered dog dies you are entitled to a pro rata refund equivalent to the remaining months in the current registration year.

You will need to fill in the following forms Notification of Deceased or Transferred Dog(s) [PDF, 173 KB] Adobe PDF document and Dog Registration Refund Form [PDF, 168 KB] Adobe PDF document

You will need to forward this form with the Dog Tag or a Vets certificate of Euthanasia for us to action your refund request.

Please note that the refund is calculated from the time we receive formal notification. 

Number of dogs allowed

The number of dogs allowed per property in Hauraki District is:4 white shepherds

  • Two(2) dogs for properties zoned URBAN - otherwise dispensation is needed
  • No limit for properties zoned RURAL
  • Fee for Dispensation is $52.00


 To apply for dispensation complete the Dispensation Form [PDF, 151 KB] Adobe PDF document and the Dispensation - Neighbours Consent [PDF, 72 KB] Adobe PDF document that includes signed approval from the adjoining neighbours confirming they are happy for dispensation to be granted.

Once the application and payment is received, an Animal Control Officer will do the following:

  • Check the applicant's details to check if there has been any history of complaints 
  • Then conduct a property inspection to ensure the property is suitable for a number of dogs
  • Finally the Animal Control Officer will make a decision based on his/her findings
  • The Council will then send a letter to the owner confirming dispensation

Please note that a permit may be revoked at any time if believed to be warranted by an Animal Control Officer.

Where more than three dogs are registered to an owner the fourth and subsequent dogs are registered at a reduced fee.

Guide dogs 

Trained Guide Dogs used by the Visually and Hearing Impaired must be registered. 

Registration for trained guide dogs is free.