Dog registration - Fees and requirements

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  • ​​Category One - Minimum Fee

You are eligible as a dog owner for this category if you have had:

    • no substantiated complaint(s), no impounding, no infringement notices, be prosecution and offence free for a 24 month period; and
    • you meet your legal requirements to register your dog.
  • ​​​​Category Two - Full Fee

If you are not eligible for Category One ownership as outlined above, you will be classified as a Category Two dog owner and you will have to pay the full fee to register your dog/s. 

Discounts and penalties​

This $15.00 discount is for renewal accounts. To receive the prompt payment discount, the renewal fee must be paid before 30 June each year. 

The following table shows fee payment dates and the discounted, standard and penalised fees:

By 30 June
(discount included)
 From 1 July 
(standard fee)
 From 1 August 
(penalty included)
Category 1
Category 2
$150.00 $165.00

Pro rata registrations

If your dog is less than three months old (or has been imported into New Zealand, regardless of its age) and you are registering it after 1 August in any registration year, we'll calculate your fee for the remaining months of the current registration year only. We do this at one-twelfth of the annual fee for each complete month remaining in the registration year after the date you register your dog/s.  

If your dog is older than three months old after 1 August (and has not been imported into New Zealand) and you are registering it for the first time, you will need to pay the full year's registration fee.  

See the table below for details.

Dog age/import  Pro-rata fees - new registrations after 1 August Category One Category Two

​When you register your dog for the first time, if it is less than three months old after 1 August then you pay a pro-rata fee based on how much of the registration year is left at the time your dog turns three months e.g. if your puppy was born in July you would pay the October fee even if you come into register your puppy for the first time in December.

Imported dogs that have arrived after 1 August, pay the pro-rata fee for the month of their arrival e.g. if your dog lands in New Zealand in February you pay the February pro-rata fee.

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July $95.00 $165.00
​​August ​$79.16​​$137.46
September $71.25
October $63.34
$55.41 $96.24
December $47.50
$39.59 $68.76
February $31.66 $54.99
March $23.75 $41.25
April $15.84 $27.51
More than three months old after 1 Aug No pro-rata fee
$95.00 $165.00

If you own more than two dogs a permit is required. An initial fee of $85.00 is payable with a $40.00 renewal fee annually.

For further information on number limits see owning more than two dogs.

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.  

In line with the Dog Control Act 1996 dogs who are classified as dangerous must pay 150% of the level that would apply if the dog were not classified as dangerous. 

Replacement tags

Replacement tags may be obtained from the Hamilton City Council for a minimal fee if the current tag has been lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed. Any dog not wearing a collar having the current registration tag attached will, until proved otherwise, be treated as unregistered.  

Get in touch with us to request a replacement tag, this will be charged at a small cost - check out our Animal Education and Control Team's contact details and our location here .

​Dog registration requirements

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

    • 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.
    • All dogs must wear a colour-coded registration tag to show it has been registered for that year. 
    • 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.​
Page reviewed: 29 Jul 2021 4:16pm