Owning a dog is a pleasure and a privilege - and it takes care and commitment.
There are many responsibilities that come with owning a dog, such as training, housing, feeding and exercising it. There are also legal responsibilities. If you own a dog, it is your legal obligation to:
The information on this page has been prepared with reference to the Dog Control Amendment Act (2003).
It is a legal requirement in New Zealand to register your dog annually for which there is a fee.
If you are new to the Kāpiti Coast District or have a new and/or unregistered dog, you will need to register the dog with the Council immediately.
If you do not register your dog, you will be liable to fines of up to $3,000.
Complete your dog registration application form and bring it into any Council service centre or Postshop to pay your fees. Or you can do this by:
You are eligible for a discounted fee if you:
Your registration fee contributes to the cost of the Animal Management Service and meeting the requirements of the Dog Control Amendment Act (2003).
The services your registration fee provides include:
Any dog not displaying a current registration tag on its collar may be deemed as unregistered and the dog owner may have to pay fines as set by the Dog Control Act 1996. Replacement registration tags may be obtained from the Council for the appropriate fee. View more information about these charges here.
You may be eligible for Approved Owner status, which entitles you to discounted registration fees. To qualify, you must have:
Council reserves the right to exercise discretion in the final grant of Approved Owner status.
The Approved Owner Application Form can be found here. Applications must be received by 1 May every year.
If your dog dies, you are entitled to a proportionate refund of your registration fee. You must return the tag and/or provide proof of death from your vet, or sign a Deceased Dog Declaration Form. The refund is for the number of months left in the registration year following notification.
Keeping three or more dogs aged three months or more on an urban property requires a Permit, the application form for a Permit to Keep Three or More Dogs is available here.
Your dog's registration is valid throughout the country. If you move away from the Kāpiti Coast District you must notify the Council in your new area. You will be required to exchange Kāpiti Coast District Council dog tags for dog tags from the Council in your new area. There is no charge for this service.
If you move to the Kāpiti Coast District, you need to notify the Kāpiti Coast District Council within 14 days. Animal Management will record the details of you and your dog and exchange your old dog tags for free.
If you sell or re-home your dog the registration remains valid, but both you and the new owner must inform your respective Councils within 14 days. Dog tags will be exchanged free of charge.
You can find the Change of ownership - Dog Transferred Out of District Form here.
If you need to report a stray, barking or escaped dog OR if your dog has gone missing, please phone us on 0800 486 486.
There are a number of Dog Access Zones identified throughout the District.
On 8 September 2016, Kāpiti Coast District Council adopted the Annual Report on Dog Control as required under Section 10 of the Dog Control Act 1996.
Hard copies of this report are also available at Council's Civic Building and Service Centres at Waikanae and Ōtaki libraries.