Dog Registration

About Dog Registration

It is important to register your dog every year as part of being a responsible dog owner.

The registration period is from 1 July - 30 June each year. You can now register your dog online. For more information on how to register online with a credit card payment, see Dogs Online.

See Registration Fees and Requirements for information on costs for registering your dog.

If you are the owner of a dog, the registration guidelines are:

  • all dogs must be registered before they turn three months old.
  • they should be registered at the address where they spend most of the time.
  • if you are under 16 years of age, the dog must be registered under a parent's or guardian's name.
  • if you have an unregistered dog you may be prosecuted.
  • a dog must wear a colour coded registration disc to show it has been registered for that year ( The 2013/2014 colour is red, the 2012/2013 colour was blue). If your dog is lost, he or she can be quickly identified using the registration tag.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get a dog registration pack?

A dog registration pack has been mailed to all owners of previously registered dogs. If you haven't received a pack, pick one up from Animal Education and Control at 217 Ellis St (next to the SPCA) or at Council reception in Garden Place, or download a pack (PDF, 234KB). You can now register your dog online using our Dogs Online Registration Form.

Alternatively, you can call us on 07 838 6632 and request one to be posted to you.

Why must I register my dog?

It is a legal requirement that all dogs must be registered. The registration information about your dog goes onto a national register and this helps in the location and identification of owners in the case of wandering, lost or stolen dogs. It also helps keep track of dogs who have changed owners or districts, or who have a history of complaints. All dogs registered for the first time have to be microchipped and this greatly strengthens the ability to locate and identify dogs, and to confirm their ownership.
Register your dog online now.

When does my puppy need to be registered?

All puppies need to be registered by three months of age.

Is it compulsory as a dog owner to supply my date of birth? 

Yes it is compulsory. Your date of birth is required to enable you to be distinguished from other people with the same name. Certainty of identification is required in the enforcement of the provisions of the Dog Control Act 1996.

When does the registration period start and finish each year?

The registration year is the same across all Councils and runs from 1 July to 30 June every year. Registration renewal fees are due by 15 July each year.

When does my dog need to wear its registration tag?

Dogs need to be wearing a collar with current registration tag at all times. It is important that your dog is wearing its tag so it can be clearly identified.

Do I have to advise Council if my registration details change?

Yes, if you or your dog change address, or if your dog changes ownership, you need to advise Council within 14 days by using the Dogs Online Registration Form. You can also notify Council in writing. It is an offence, which carries a fine of $100 if you do not notify these changes within 14 days. All other changes of details also need to be notified using the Dogs Online Registration Form or in writing. However, if the dog is moving into or out of the Hamilton City Council district notification must be made within 6 weeks. Visit Dogs Online or download achange of address form (PDF, 8KB) orchange of ownership form (PDF, 8KB).

What happens if I register my dog late or do not register my dog?

Dog registration renewals that are unpaid at 1 August will incur a 50% penalty fee. Late registrations create additional administrative costs in reminders and postage as well as staff time. The implementation of a penalty encourages dog owners to register on time.

If you do not register your dog any or all of the following may occur:

  • $300 infringement notice may be issued;
  • Seizure and impounding of the dog;
  • Prosecution of the owner.

(Fees are incurred whereby an unregistered dog is seized, sustenance fees apply and your dog must be registered prior to its release).

If my dog dies, am I entitled to a refund?

Yes you are. If your dog passes away, you need to notify us using our Dogs Online Form and specifically request a refund. It is important that you do this as soon as possible, as the refunds are calculated on the number of full months left in the registration year, from the date we receive your written notification. Refunds are only provided in this circumstance. Refunds are not available if your dog changes ownership or you sign your dog over to the Animal Education and Control Centre. You can also notify us in writing. Visit Dogs Online or download aDeclaration of Death Form (PDF, 32KB).

What is the cost of registration?

Page reviewed: 28 Jan 2014 8:36am