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Dog Registration


Registration fees are used to maintain a safe and healthy environment for residents, dog owners and their pets. The Council does not profit from dog fees.

Fees pay for:

Dog control and law enforcement campaigns and education in schools, community groups and businesses signage for exercise areas and canine promotional materials administering the dog pound Kaimoana Road administering the dog register, application forms and tag distribution

You must register your dogs by August 31 every year. All dogs must be registered by three months of age. Owners of unregistered dogs face fines up to $3,000 (or an infringement fee of $300) in addition to the registration fee. Registrations can be applied for and are payable at Wairoa District Council.

The current fees are:

  • Class D - Dogs classified Dangerous
  • Class Q - Dogs classified Menacing ($10.00 discount if registered before 31 August, 2017) $130.00
  • Class W - Working Dogs ($10.00 discount if registered before 31 August, 2017) $50.00
  • Class S - being all other dogs ($10.00 discount if registered before 31 August, 2017) $80.00

If you want to keep more than two dogs on an urban property, you also need to apply for a special bylaw licence.

You can obtain registration application forms and bylaw licence forms from the Council office on Queen Street.


If your dog dies and you have paid for current registration, you can make a written request for a refund. The Council will give you whatever remaining portion of the yearly rate remains after notification. You must also return the tag and/or provide proof from your vet.


For more information please contact the Wairoa District Council.

+64 6 838 7309

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