Dog Registration / Microchipping

It is important to register your dog EVERY YEAR as part of being a responsible dog owner. Dog registration provides safety and security for dogs, owners and the community. If you are the owner of a dog, the registration guidelines are:

  • All dogs must be registered before they turn three months old
  • They should be registered at the address where they spend most of the time
  • If you are under 16 years of age, the dog must be registered under parent's or guardian's name
  • If you have an unregistered dog you may be prosecuted.

If your dog is lost, he or she can be quickly identified using the registration tag. If you have lost your dog's registration tag, you can get a replacement. Some areas do not allow more than one registered dog owner; so only one person will show on the form. Legally a person can be the dog’s owner without being the registered dog owner.

Should you wish to keep more than the number of dogs allowed for your property, you need to apply to council for permission. For most Council the maximum number of dogs allowed per property is two.

Every Council has independent policies and procedures with regard to dog registration. To gain information of the rules and regulations surrounding dog registration in your area contact your local council.

Microchipping your dog

Register & Microchip

All puppies have to be microchipped in New Zealand/Australia. Implanting a microchip in your dog is compulsory, and Council recommends microchpping pets to assist with reuniting dogs with their owners. Microchipping is a simple and harmless procedure.

A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected into the scruff of a dog's neck. It has a unique number that can be listed on both council records and the National Dog Database. Once microchipped, your dog can be scanned for his or her microchip number and easily identified through either database.

Dog registration and microchipping are two separate processes. You must register your dog every year, but you only need to microchip your dog once.


Every Council charges registration fees for dog owners in order to fund animal management services such as sheltering lost, wandering and seized dogs, resolving complaints about noisy or aggressive dogs, and educating dog owners about responsible dog ownership.

Reduced fees generally apply for dogs that have been desexed and microchipped.

Every Council has independent registration fees. To see the fee associated with registering your dog visit your local council.

To contact your local council:

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