Microchipping is a free service for dogs registered and living in the Christchurch City Council area.

No appointment is necessary.  Just visit the Christchurch City Animal Shelter (10 Metro Place, Bromley) on a Wednesday between 11am to 12noon.

We strongly discourage owners from bringing any unvaccinated dog to the Animal Shelter for microchipping. It is very risky to bring dogs to the shelter that have not been vaccinated against parvo virus.

If you have your dog microchipped at a vet, remember to let us know the microchip number. 

If you have any questions about the microchipping process please feel free to contact us on 03 941 8999.

Dogs that do not need to be microchipped:

  • Farm working dogs are exempt from the requirement to be microchipped, however, owners may still choose to have this done.
  • Other types of working dogs, such as Police or Aviation dogs, or other rural working dogs, must still be microchipped.

The requirement to microchip is under S36A of the Dog Control Act 1996(external link). Your Council or veterinarian can give you more information about microchipping. 

It is an offence not to comply with the requirement to have a dog microchipped, and an infringement offence notice fee may be issued to owners who don’t comply.