Registering your dog with the Council for the first time

If you have a new dog or have recently moved to Wellington, you will need to register it with Wellington City Council.

Dog re-registrations

If your dog is already registered with Wellington City Council, you will receive an invoice in May. Pay by 1 July to avoid the late payment penalty.
You can pay online: Re-register your dog

Register your puppy before it is three months old.
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Register your dog for the first time

All puppies must be registered by the time they are 3 months old. If registration fees are not paid on time, you can be charged a penalty.

If you've taken ownership of an adult dog that hasn't been registered before, you'll need to register it with the Council within 14 days.

If you've moved to Wellington and your dog is registered with another council, you will need to register it with the Wellington City Council to receive a new dog tag, but there will be no fee for this.

Checklist: Before you apply

1. Are you 16 years or older? People under this age can’t register as dog owners.

2. Do you have everything you need to complete your registration? You will be asked to attach documentation if the situations below apply to your dog.

  • Desexing certificate – if your dog has been desexed
  • Microchip number – if your dog has been microchipped
  • Your company name and GST number – if you have a working dog
  • Adoption certificate – if you have adopted a dog from the SPCA or HUHA
  • Customs clearance certificate – if you have imported a dog
  • Certification from an authorised organisation – if you have a disability assist dog
 

Download

Multiple Dog Application Form (65KB PDF)

Register more than three dogs

If you want to keep more than three dogs on an urban property, you will also need to apply for special permission under the Animals Bylaw by downloading this form.

Once you’ve been granted permission, you can register your dogs using the form below.

Checklist: Before you apply

1. Are you 16 years or older? People under this age can’t register as dog owners.

2. Do you have everything you need to complete your registration? You will be asked to attach documentation if the situations below apply to your dog.

  • Desexing certificate – if your dog has been desexed
  • Microchip number – if your dog has been microchipped
  • Your company name and GST number – if you have a working dog
  • Adoption certificate – if you have adopted a dog from the SPCA or HUHA
  • Customs clearance certificate – if you have imported a dog
  • Certification from an authorised organisation – if you have a disability assist dog

How to apply

 

Download

Dog Registration Application Form (65KB PDF)

Use this form if you:

  • have a new dog
  • are new to Wellington and need to register your dog with Wellington City Council.

Use this form, even though it refers to 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020. Dogs registered from mid-May 2019 are registered for the 2019/20 licence year. (You'll get the last bit of the 2018/19 licence period for free.)

Options for getting the form to us

Email to: dogs@wcc.govt.nz

Bring to one of these addresses:

  • Arapaki Library & Service Centre
    12 Manners Street
    Wellington
  • Moa Point Animal Shelter
    73 Moa Point Road
    Moa Point

Post to:

  • Dogs team
    Wellington City Council
    PO Box 2199
    Wellington 6140.

Fees

How much you need to pay depends on the age and type of your dog, and factors like if your dog has been desexed or whether you have Responsible Dog Owner status.

For current prices and ways to pay, see: Dog registration - Fees

If you have any questions on how much you need to pay, phone 04 801 3222.

Dog tags

Once you’ve submitted your dog’s registration form and we’ve received your online payment, you can expect to receive the dog tag within three weeks. 

If you register your dog at the Service Centre or at Moa Point Animal Shelter, you will receive your dog tag on the spot.

Penalties for unregistered dogs

Owners of unregistered dogs face fines up to $3,000 (or an infringement fee of $300) as well as the registration fee. If you receive an infringement, details of how and where to pay are on the infringement notice.

Guide for dog owners

For useful tips on owning a dog in Wellington, see: Capital Canines - A Guide for Dog Owners (806KB PDF)

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More information

Dog Enquiries
Wellington City Council

Phone 04 801 3222 Dog enquiry line
04 499 4444 (urgent after-hours queries)
Email dogs@wcc.govt.nz
Postal Address PO Box 2199
Wellington 6140
Street Address Service Centre
12 Manners Street
Wellington