Register your dog

Dog registration fees help fund a range of services that are designed to help dogs, their owners and the wider community. There is a small ratepayer contribution per year towards the cost of animal management services for stock control on our roads and highways and to recognise public good and education.

When to register your dog

  • When it turns three months old
  • When you first get him/her
  • Thereafter on 1 July of each year


Step 1.What you will need

You will need your Whanganui District Council client number and the tax invoice number from your dog registration form.

Step 2.Register your dog

Visit Online Services

In person

Visit us at 101 Guyton Street, Monday to Friday, 8.30am–5.00pm and a customer service staff member can guide you through the registration process.

Fees 2020/21 (1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021)

You can find the current fees here.




This rebate will be lost for one year for the following reasons:

  • The dog attacked a person or another animal.
  • A justified rushing complaint was lodged against the dog.
  • The dog was impounded.
  • The dog was consistently wandering.
  • The owner failed to notify a change of address or ownership.
  • A justified barking complaint was lodged against the dog.
  • The owner has been prosecuted for an offence or has had an infringement notice issued relating to the dog.
  • An owner was found with an unregistered dog.
  • Response to complaints including:
    • Barking dogs/dangerous dogs.
    • Wandering dogs/rushing dogs.
    • Dogs fouling on public/private land.
    • Attacks on people/domestic pets/stock/wildlife.
    • Mediation between neighbours on animal matters.
    • Regular monitoring of problem areas and rubbish day areas.
    • Dogs restrained by the public/caught in traps.
    • Enforcement of the Dog Control Act and Whanganui District Council bylaws.
    • 24 hour service.
  • Promoting better care and control of dogs:
    • Visits to schools/community groups when requested.
    • Educating owners with problem dogs.
    • Radio/newspaper information.
    • Advice to dog owners and the public.
    • Dog poo bins located in Council approved dog exercise areas.
  • Provides and maintains the Pound facilities:
    • Notifying known owners if their dog is impounded.
    • Impounding wandering dogs/problem dogs.
    • Re-homing suitable dogs to suitable owners.
    • Euthanisation of unclaimed dogs.
    • Accepts all unwanted dogs.
    • The management of dogs with unknown owners.
  • Legal action for:
    • Dogs attacking persons/animals.
    • Bylaw offences.
    • Failing to register dogs.
    • Failing to control dogs.
    • Barking dogs.

Dog registration and microchipping are two different processes. You must register your dog every year, but you only need to microchip your dog once.

The following are required to be microchipped:

  • All dogs registered in New Zealand for the first time (excluding working dogs that are exempt).
  • All dogs that have been classified as dangerous or menacing on or after 1 December 2003 (including working dogs).
  • All unregistered dogs that are impounded.
  • All registered dogs that are impounded twice in the same registration year.

A working dog is:

  • Any guide dog, hearing dog or companion dog (companion dog means a dog certified by the Top Dog Companion Trust as being a companion dog or under training as a companion dog)
  • Any dog: 
    • Kept by the Police, Customs Department, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Fisheries, the Ministry of Defence; or
    • Kept solely or principally for the purposes of herding or driving stock; or
    • Kept by the Department of Conservation; or
    • Kept solely or principally for the purpose of destroying pests under the Biosecurity Act 1993; or
    • Owned by a security guard as defined in Section 4 of the Private Investigators and Security Guards Act 1974.

Please use this form(PDF, 665KB) to apply for change of dog ownership details.