Dog ownership

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:

  • keep your dog under control (fines of up to $3,000 apply if you fail to comply)
  • ensure your dog receives proper care and attention and is supplied with proper and sufficient food, water and shelter (fines of up to $5,000 apply if you fail to comply)
  • ensure your dog receives adequate exercise (fines of up to $5,000 apply if you fail to comply). 

Registering your dog

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.

  • The annual registration period runs from 1 July to 30 June with payment due by the end of July.
  • All dogs must be registered by three months of age.

If you don’t register your dog, you may be liable for fines of up to $3,000.

Keeping multiple dogs

Keeping three or more dogs aged three months or more on an urban property requires a permit.

Working and disability assist dogs

Change of address

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.

Change of ownership

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.

Reporting a stray, escaped or missing dog

If you need to report a stray or escaped dog OR if your dog has gone missing, please phone us on 0800 486 486.


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