It's a legal requirement in New Zealand to register your dog annually, and there is a fee associated with this.
If you're new to the Kāpiti Coast District or have a new and/or unregistered dog, you'll need to register your pooch with the Council immediately.
If you don't register your dog, you could be liable for fines of up to $3,000.
If you're already registered as a dog owner with the Council, you can now also register your dog through our new Online Services Account portal. Please note that you'll need your registration form and either a debit or credit card to do this. Please also read our Online payment Terms & Conditions before proceeding with this service.
You are eligible for a discounted fee if you:
You may be eligible for Approved Owner status, which entitles you to discounted registration fees. To qualify, you must have:
Applications must be received by 1 May.
Please note there is a one-off application fee for this. If your application gets the green light, your Approved Owner status lasts for the life of your dog (unless he/she breaches any condition set out on the application form below).
The fee must be paid with your application form either in person at a Council service centre or by cheque if posting your form. Payment can also be made by internet banking – you must use your dog owner number (printed on your registration form) as reference. Give our Customer Services team a call on 0800 486 486 if you don’t know your number.
Council reserves the right to exercise discretion in the final grant of Approved Owner status.
Your registration fee contributes to the cost of our Animal Management Service and meeting the requirements of the Dog Control Amendment Act (2003).
Your fee helps us:
Any dog not displaying a current registration tag on its collar may be deemed as unregistered and the dog owner may have to pay fines as set by the Dog Control Act 1996. Replacement registration tags can be obtained from the Council for the appropriate fee.
If your dog dies, you are entitled to a proportionate refund of your registration fee. You must return the tag and/or provide proof of death from your vet, or sign a Deceased Dog Declaration Form. The refund is for the number of months left in the registration year following notification.