About dog registration
- All dogs must be registered before they turn three months old.
- Dogs should be registered at the address where they spend most of the time.
- If you are under 16 years of age, your dog must be registered under a parent's or guardian's name.
- If you have an unregistered dog, you may be prosecuted.
- All dogs must wear a colour-coded registration disc (tag) to show it has been registered for that year. If your dog is lost, he or she can be quickly identified using the registration tag.
- Dogs registered for the first time after 1 July 2006 need to be microchipped within two months of first being registered. Find out more about microchipping.
- If you want to own more than two dogs, there are special conditions. Find out more here.
Note that you still need to register certified seeing eye or hearing ear dogs and companion/assistance dogs - however there is no charge to register these dogs.
Exercising your dog
Find out where you can safely exercise your dog - check out our maps online:
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
What is the cost of registration?
How can I get a dog registration pack?
Why must I register my dog?
When does my puppy need to be registered?
All puppies need to be registered by three months of age.
Do I have to microchip my dog?
Is it compulsory as a dog owner to supply my date of birth?
What if I have more than two dogs?
In Hamilton, no more than two dogs over the age of three months can live on individual premises. If you want to keep more than two dogs, you'll need a permit. Find out more about owning more than two dogs here.
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When does the registration period start and finish each year?
When does my dog need to wear its registration tag?
Do I have to advise Council if my registration details change?
What happens if I register my dog late or do not register my dog?
A $300 infringement notice may be issued.
We may seize and impound the dog.
We may prosecute the dog owner.
What happens if my dog is classified as dangerous or menacing?
Dogs can be classified as dangerous or menacing if they act in an aggressive manner bite or attack or behave aggressively towards a person or another animal.
The Hamilton City Council may classify a dog as 'menacing' if it considers that a dog poses a threat to any person, stock, poultry, domestic animal or protected wildlife because of:
- any observed or reported behaviour of the dog, or;
- any characteristics typically associated with the dogs breed or type.
The owner of any dog that has been classified as dangerous or menacing pays 150 per cent of the usual registration fee - see our fees and charges list
If my dog dies, am I entitled to a refund?