Animal Control

Animal Control

We are currently changing how you register your dogs.   If you wish to register your dog please contact Reception at the Council 03 319 5026 and talk to one of our staff.

If you have an issue with a dog or live stock please call the Animal Control Officer on 027 565 9868 or contact Kaikoura District Council.

Annual Dog Registration


The registration year for dogs runs from 01 July to the 30 June each year. You must ensure that your dogs are registered by the end of August for the current registration year.

How to pay for your dog's registration

If your dog is currently registered the Council will send you a registration reminder in July. That will give you about six weeks to register your dog. If you pay before 01 September you will pay the standard fee. If you pay after 01 September you will be required to pay the higher fee. If you are found with an unregistered dog you may be issued with a fine and your dog may be impounded.

You can pay by mail (cheque) or over the counter (cheque, cash, eftpos) at the Kaikoura District Council office, Level 2, 96 West End, Kaikoura .

Please make sure you attach (or have with you) your completed and signed dog registration form showing any changes in dog details since the previous registration.

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 Kaikoura District Council is required by law to ensure that all dogs within the Kaikoura 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 Kaikoura District Councils Dog Control Bylaw 2015.

Registration tags

Registered 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 lose its tag, there is a small charge to replace it. The replacement tag will have a new registration number.

Change of address

If 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 current registration tag for a new one in the new area) at no charge.

If your dog dies

If your dog dies, please notify the Council as soon as possible. Once we receive your notification, we will refund your registration for every full month remaining in the registration year. 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.


Puppies need to be registered by the time they are 12 weeks old (3 months). It is best to apply for your registration well before that date.

Special permits

If 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. You must apply by writing a letter to us.
A Dog Control Officer will visit your property. 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.

Kaikoura’s Dog Control Policy

The purpose of the Dog Control Policy is to provide clear guidance to the public and Council staff involved in the administration of the Dog Control Act 1996. It also outlines your responsibilities as a Dog owner.

 Dog rego 2 Copy

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