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).
On this page, you will find:
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 your dog with the Council before they are 3 months old.
You can apply to be an Approved Owner by 1 May each year before registration is due.
Approved Owner status entitles you to discounted registration fees. To qualify, you must have:
- adequate fencing
- a 24-month clean history with the Kāpiti Coast District Council Animal Management team (see application form below for details).
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 Council reserves the right to exercise discretion in the final grant of Approved Owner status.
See our Animal management fees and charges page for details around approved ownership.
You must apply for a permit to have more than two dogs (over three months old) on a residential property.
If you need to report a stray or escaped dog OR if your dog has gone missing, please phone us on 0800 486 486.