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:
It is a legal requirement in New Zealand to register your dog annually, for which there is a fee.
If you’re new to the Kāpiti Coast District or have a new and/or unregistered dog, you’ll need to register the dog with the Council immediately.
If you don’t register your dog, you may be liable for fines of up to $3,000.
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 or escaped dog OR if your dog has gone missing, please phone us on 0800 486 486.