Owning a dog is a pleasure and a privilege. It also takes care and commitment and comes with many responsibilities such as the training, housing, feeding and exercising of your pooch. There are also legal responsibilities. If you own a dog, it is your legal obligation to:
Registering your dog
How do I register my dog?
How much does it cost to register my dog?
What are registration fees used for?
Application for dog registration late fee waiver
Unregistered dog fines
Registration fee refund on death of dog
Keeping multiple dogs
Working and disability assist dogs
Change of address
Change of ownership
Reporting a stray, escaped or missing dog
Dog access zones
Roaming dogs and dog safety
Annual report on dog control policy and practices 2016/17
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 from this page and bring it into any Council service centre. 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.
You may be eligible for Approved Owner status, which entitles you to discounted registration fees. To qualify, you must have:
Applications must be received by 1 May.
There is a one-off application fee. If your application to be an approved owner gets the green light, this status lasts for the life of your dog (unless he/she breaches any condition set out on the application form below).
The fee must be paid with your application form either in person at a Council service centre or by cheque if posting your form. Payment can also be made by internet banking here – you must use your dog owner number as reference. Ring Council on 0800 486 486 if you don’t know your number!
Council reserves the right to exercise discretion in the final grant of Approved Owner status.
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.
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.
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.
Our Animal Management team has broad experience working with dogs of all dispositions, sizes, and behaviours. Team members are trained and skilled in responding to the varied types of situations that they are called upon to handle.
After working in community for many years with the focus of keeping both people and dogs safe, the Animal Management team has some advice around general dog safety that could serve to help even the most seasoned canine whisperer.
Safe ways to enter properties
How to approach a dog
Why dogs attack or bite
How to recognise dogs that are going to attack or bite
If the dog shows any of these behaviours, assume that it will bite, and back away slowly.
On 17 August 2017, 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.