Re-register your dog

You can re-register and pay for one or all of your dogs online. Dogs must be re-registered with us by 1 July every year.

Responsible Dog Owner (RDO) applications and courses

Applications open
You can apply for RDO status from 1 September 2022 to 30 April 2023. Find out how to qualify.

Upcoming courses
We have two RDO courses available for Wellington City Council registered dog owners. See the details and how to book.

How to re-register a dog

You can pay for your re-registration fees right now - you just need your Web Reference, which is printed on the 'Application to re-register a dog' notice we've sent you.

Where web ref is located on the dog re-registration application form.

Can't find your reference or pay your fees? Email us at with your details and we'll get in touch with you within 2 business days.

Enter your web reference

Sorry, we don't recognise that web reference - please try entering it again, making sure you have not added any empty spaces. If you still have problems, please phone us on 04 801 3222.

Your web reference can be found on the ‘Application to re-register a dog’ notice sent to you earlier.

Can’t find your reference? Use the link below to find it or email us at with your details and we’ll send it to you.

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When to re-register your dog

If you have already registered your dog (or dogs) with Wellington City Council, you will receive a re-registration application form in May.

If you haven't received this by mid June, email

Re-registration invoices

When you receive your re-registration form and invoice in the mail, carefully check all details. 

If you’re paying by credit card online, you’ll be able to tell us about changes to your address or email.

If you’re paying another way, or you have lots of changes to tell us about, note the changes on the form and send it to us at or post to Dogs, Wellington City Council, PO Box 2199, Wellington 6142.


For current fees, see: Registration - Fees

If there are any changes in your dog’s status that might affect your registration fees, for example your dog dies, contact us on 04 801 3222 or email

Pay on time to avoid a penalty fee

Dog registration fees are due on 1 July each year. You will be charged a late payment if you pay after 31 July. The late payment fee is 50% of the fee charged - so you can save a lot by paying on time.

How to pay

Pay online

You can pay online using your credit or debit card. You will need the web reference, which you can find on the top-left of your reg-registration application form. When you’ve entered your web reference, you’ll be asked to check your address(es). On the next screen, you’ll see your dog’s name and how much you need to pay. You can then pay.

If you have any questions about the amount to pay, please email

Don't want to pay online? 

No worries. You can find instructions for other payment options on the back of the re-registration application form.

New dog tags

You will receive a new dog tag once your fees have been paid and we have received your signed form, or confirmation that there are no changes to your dog's details. 

If you re-register your dog at the Council's Service Centre, we can give you the new dog tag on the spot at the counter.

If you pay for your dog’s re-registration by internet banking, and post or email the re-registration form, you can expect to receive the new dog tag within three weeks.

  • You can get a replacement tag from Wellington City Council if your dog's tag has been lost or stolen.
  • If your dog is not wearing a collar with a current registration tag attached, it will be treated as unregistered.
  • If a dog over the age of three months is found not wearing a collar with a current registration tag attached, on land or premises that is not yours, or in any public place, it may be seized and impounded.