Dog Registration

This page explains how to register your dog and how much it will cost.

Renewing your dog's registration? You can pay online here 


All dogs over three months of age must be registered.

You can submit your dog registration details online. Please pay once you've received an invoice with your dog's unique animal ID. Our team will contact you with your animal ID and payment details once we have processed your registration. 

To register a new dog, you can fill out our online Registration Form or download our Dog Registration Application form (PDF, 56KB) and return it to:

  • Private Bag 50072, Queenstown, 9348, or
  • Visit us at our Queenstown or Wanaka Council office and complete the application form. 


Once entered into our system you will receive a unique animal ID and your registration invoice for payment. Payment cannot be made without an invoice and animal ID.

You can also pay using any of these following methods (please ensure you have your animal ID and invoice before making payment):

• Online using your credit card (Please note that payments online and over the phone must be processed as credit, and therefore incur a surcharge fee of 1.5%)
• In Person – by visiting our reception at our offices in Queenstown or Wanaka and pay by Cash, Credit Card or Cheque. 
• Direct credit into our bank account 02 0948 000 2000 00 REFERENCE: animal ID number. 
• Post - a cheque to our offices

However you chose to pay for your dog registration, please ensure that you return your signed registration form.

Once your new dog is registered, you will be required to update its registration on an annual basis. A notice of renewal will be sent out prior to the registration period as a reminder that the next annual registration is due.

Payments are due by June 30th. Under the Dog Control Act 1996 any late payments will automatically receive a 50% penalty fee.  It’s also our policy to issue a $300 infringement fee to the owners of dogs still unregistered by 31 August each year. The best way to avoid unnecessary penalties is to register your dog on time.



Dog Control Fees:

The fee structure has been set to recognise and reward responsible dog ownership and to penalises dog owners who have a greater demand on the service. 

In accordance with Section 37 of the Dog Control Act 1996, dog registration fees for the year 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 have been set as follows:

2019/2020 Dog Control Registration Fees

Category Standard Fee Effective Fencing Reduction positive History Reduction Potential Discounted Fee
Guide/Companion Dog* Nil  -   -   - 
Working Dog $70 $20 $20 $30
De-sexed Dog $115 $30 $30 $55
Dangerous/Menacing Dog $245 $40 $40 $165
All Other Dogs $155 $40 $40 $75

Fees are inclusive of GST 

*Please note you will need to provide a certificate to qualify for the Guide/Companion Dog category.

Other fees

Category Fee
Multiple Dog Licence Application $70, Inspection $80
First Impound* $125
Second Impound* $200
Third Impound (or more)* $300
Feeding (per day) $35
Replacement Tag Nil

*The increase of impound costs relate to offences within a period of 24 months from the first offence.


Changing your details

If you or your dog's details have changed, please let us know in writing as soon as possible. A change may include:

  • Change of address of the dog (either with the same owner or new owner)
  • Recent de-sexing
  • The death or loss of a dog
  • Change of owner (PDF, 27KB)
  • Change of phone number or email address

Failing to register your dog

Keeping an unregistered dog is an offence against the Dog Control Act 1996.

Failing to register your dog before or during the month of July will result in a 50% penalty fee being added to its annual fee. This offence will also incur an infringement fee of $300 in addition to the dogs registration

Refund of registration

If your dog dies during the registered year, the unused portion of the fee you paid may be refunded. All applications for refunds must be in writing. To apply for a refund, please fill in the attached form and return to us Refund Form (199KB).

Refunds are only available from the next full month following the date of application and are not backdated. You must return the registration tag or disc (if requested). We will not grant refunds in respect to dogs that have been lost, stolen or have changed owners or districts within New Zealand or if the dog is being relocated overseas.


Legislation introduced in 2006 means that all newly registered dogs must also be microchipped.

Find out more about microchipping