Animal Control

If you have an issue with a dog/ livestock or other animal please call Animal Control 027 668 8780. This is the only number that can be used to contact Animal Control.

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Do's and Don'ts

What to do:

  • Do call (not text) 027 668 8780 if you find a lost/loose animal/dog.
  • Do call (not text) 027 668 8780 if you lose or need help with controlling an animal/dog


What not to do:

  • Do not visit the homes of our Officers looking for your dog. Dog's are kept at the Council Pound, not at the home's of our Officers
  • Do not call any other number (including the personal numbers of our Officers) to contact Animal Control.


We impound all roaming dogs for public and the dog's safety. Payable fees for the dog's release are:

  • $80 for the first impoundment 
  • $110 second impoundment
  • $160 third impoundment
  • $25 sustenance fee per night
  • An investigation fee of $135 per hour is also applicable for finding and uplifting the dog(s).


The dog(s) will not be released until all fees are paid. If your dog(s) are unregistered when they are impounded they will not be released until registration is also paid.

All required fees must be paid at the Council office. Our Regulatory Officer will then arrange to meet with you to reunite you with your dog (s).

Phone 027 688 8780 to report an issue.  Our Regulatory Officer may contact to discuss and seek further information from you.

How Animal Control Works

KDC is responsible for registering and generally keeping an eye on dogs in our District. As part of this our Dog Control Officers are called out to deal with stray or loose dogs on a regular basis. 

Our Regulatory Enforcement Officers (Animal Control) work weekly shifts. The Officer on duty changes from week to week. 

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.

Please share this information with anyone you know who has questions about Dog Control. If your questions aren’t answered here fell free to contact us and  we’ll get you the information you need.


 All dogs registered in New Zealand for the first time after July 2006, except working farm dogs, need to be microchipped.

Microchipping helps us identify lost or stolen dogs and reunite dogs and owners. It is a simple and relatively painless procedure done by the vet. 

Over 80% of the lost pets in the Christchurch Earthquake were re-united with their owners due to information contained on the microchip

A microchip lasts the lifetime of your dog. It has a unique number that can be listed on both council records and the National Dog Database. Once microchipped, your dog can be "scanned" for his or her microchip number and easily identified through either database.

Once your dog is microchipped, make sure we have a record of the chip number by giving us a copy of the microchipping certificate. 


From the 1st August 2019 if your dog is picked up by animal control and is not microchipped an infringement notice of $300 will be issued to the owner. Talk top your vet about the simple procedure of microchipping your dog if it has not already been done.


See links below for more information on microchipping. 

Department of Internal Affairs - Microchipping 

Microchipping Questions and Answers

Better Dog Control = Safer Communities

Department of Internal Affairs - Dog Control

Dog Owner Fines and Infringement Notices



Dog Registration

All dogs in Kaikōura must be registered. Dog registrations won’t be issued until Council has received a completed registration form and payment. If you are found with an unregistered dog you may be issued with a fine and your dog may be impounded.

The dog registration year runs from 01 July to the 30 June each year. Dog registration forms and payment are due by July 31. Registered dog owners will receive a reminder letter, payment opens on July 1st.

Register your dog online


Download and print a Registration Form

Registration costs

If you are not sure what charges apply to you, call us.

Fees below are cost per dog per year.

Type of Fee:

Standard: $80

Neutered or spayed dogs: $60

Menacing/dangerous dogs: $100

Working dogs (less than three): $60 each if desexed or $80 each not desexed (standard rate)

Working dogs (three or more): $160 total

Guide dogs: No charge


Licence fee (applies if keeping more than two dogs in a residential area): $40

Late registration penalties:

In  accordance with the Dog Control Act, a 50% late registration charge is added to all payments received after 1 August. 

For example: Single dog registration received after the 1 August is $120 ($80+50%)


* Charges can be adjusted proportionally for new dogs registered part way through the year - call us for more information.

Dog Control Reports

Do you have any questions/comments about animal control? If so, get in touch by sending an e-mail to