The Council is responsible for setting dog control fees and for carrying out dog control functions in the Christchurch area.

Our Animal Management Team enforces the Dog Control Act 1996 and the Council’s Dog Control Policy and Bylaws within Christchurch district.

Animal control fees

Animal Management services operate independently of rates – all operating costs come from registrations and fees of animal ownership. These fees pay for the many services offered, including Animal Management Officers, micro-chipping of dogs, education programmes and the operation costs of the Animal Shelter, which houses stray dogs and impounded livestock.

Remember, if you own a dog and qualify for Responsible Dog Owner Status, you can get discounted registration renewal fees.

The Dog Control Act 1996(external link) sets the infringement fees for various breaches of the Act, which the Animal Management Officers can issue in situations where these infringement offences create problems for the public and/or other animals including native wildlife.

View the fee schedule for dog registration, impounding, seizure and infringement offence fees.

Dog registration information

Your can now register your dog online.

Un-neutered dogs are dogs that have not be spayed or neutered and are not dogs that may be registered under the specific categories of Responsible Dog Owner Status, Working dogs, Dangerous dogs, or disability assist dogs.

No separate fee is set for the registration of dogs classified as menacing.

Spayed/neutered dogs: Evidence in the form of a veterinary certificate, or a declaration from the owner may be required. This will be held on record for subsequent registration years.

Owners granted Responsible Dog Owner status are required to register all dogs in their possession or care by 30 June each year in order to obtain the rebate (discount) offered by  the Council on the dog registration fee.
Note: Where the Responsible Dog Owner status is held by an owner, failure to register by 30 June each year may cause the status to be lost, and the owner may then be ineligible to obtain the status again for two years. Responsible Dog Owner fee concessions do not apply after 30 June each year.

Working dog will generally be a dog kept solely or predominantly for the herding of stock, or a dog kept by a government agency or the Police for carrying out the functions of that organisation. Some other dogs may qualify under certain circumstances. If you feel your dog may qualify as a Working dog, contact the Animal Management team for verification.

Disability assist dogs: Dogs trained for a person with a disability by one of the following organisations: Hearing Dogs for Deaf People New Zealand, Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust, New Zealand Epilepsy Assist Dogs Trust, Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind or Top Dog Companion Trust.
Note: There is no fee for registering disability assist dogs