RDOs get a discount on dog registration fees
Reduced dog registration fee
For the current discount on dog registration fees for Responsible Dog Owners, see: Registration - Fees
How to qualify
You can become an RDO if you meet the following conditions and requirements:
- You have attended and passed an approved Responsible Dog Owner Education and Obedience course.
Note: Puppy Training certificates are not accepted for RDO applications. The list of approved training courses can be found on the link above.
- Your annual dog registration fees have been paid on time.
- Your dog has free access to a fully-enclosed containment area on your property (this doesn't have to be a fully-fenced garden or yard).
- In the last year, your dog has not been impounded, or been the subject of a substantiated public complaint, or received an infringement notice.
- You have not received any convictions under the Wellington Consolidated Bylaw: Part 2 - Animals; the Dog Control Act 1996; or the Animal Welfare Act 1999.
An Animal Control Officer will inspect your property to check that it is fully fenced and gated. Your dog must have a suitable kennel or be kept indoors (in hygienic and humane conditions).
How to apply
New applications open in September each year, and must be lodged and approved by 30 April to qualify for a reduced fee in the next registration year.
Apply for RDO status
Don't want to fill the form out online?
No worries, just download this PDF and post or drop it in to our Service Centre.
Application for Responsible Dog Owner Status (56KB PDF)
RDO application cost
To apply for RDO status costs $59.50. This fee is on top of the annual re-registration fee for your dog(s), which is reduced for owners with RDO status.
Before you apply, make sure you meet the Responsible Dog Owner (RDO) criteria set out above, as there is no refund if we decline your RDO application.
The Council will notify you of your application results. If you are granted RDO status, the special discount is automatically applied to your next annual registration fee - unless you receive a conviction, infringement or impoundment, or you fail to pay your re-registration fees by the penalty date of 31 July.
Keeping your RDO status
You will lose your RDO status and have to reapply for it in the following circumstances:
Late payment of dog re-registration fees
Responsible dog owners must pay their annual re-registration fees by 31 July at the latest each year to maintain their RDO status.
Re-registration fees are due on 1 July, but an owner loses their RDO status if they fail to pay their re-registration fee by 31 July, when the late payment penalty applies.
Failure to maintain RDO requirements
To keep your RDO status you must continue to meet the care and welfare criteria required by Responsible Dog Owners - see the ‘Responsibilities of a dog owner’ section of our Capital Canines guide for dog owners (794KB PDF).
Change of address
If you move, you will have to reapply for RDO status and have your new home inspected by an Animal Control Officer.