Registration fees help keep our community safe from dog nuisance, and aids the welfare of dogs. Dog registration fees help us to investigate dog nuisance complaints, maintain our dog database, and provide dog safety education for children and workgroups.

What your dog registration fee funds

Dog control activities

Dog control activities in Christchurch are funded totally from dog registration and other dog licence fees. Your registration fees pay for the service and the registration revenue can be used for no other reason.

The services include the investigation, monitoring and resolution of dog nuisance complaints and assisting communities to be safe from dog-related risks or nuisance e.g. dangerous, aggressive, wandering and barking dogs.

Free dog microchipping for all registered dogs in the city

For free microchipping dogs must be resident in the Christchurch area, and registered with Christchurch City Council. Free microchipping takes place on Wednesdays from 11am to 1pm at 10 Metro Place, Bromley – not including public holidays.

Once updated in the Council system, microchip numbers are updated with other dog and owner details to the National Dog Database (NDD), which records details of all registered dogs in New Zealand.

Dog registration database 

The dog registration database and information systems are a legal requirement of all Councils and record the details of every known dog and owner within the city.

This database also enables the re-registration of dogs each year and the production of reminder notices for owners. All dog and owner details held on the Council's dog register are uploaded to the National Dog Database (NDD).

NDD serves a number of purposes, such as to assist in the recovery of lost dogs, provide accurate information about a dog and its owner, and provide a national record of all known dogs and their movements.

Free education programmes

These programmes include:

  • DogSmart School Programme,  an educational programme used to advise school children on how to avoid and prevent dog attacks, and how to become good dog owners in the future.
  • Adult education courses based on bite prevention in the workplace.
  • Provision of information around dog care, welfare and responsibilities of dog owners
  • Reading to dogs programme(external link), an exciting venture that helps children improve their reading ability by reading to dogs in a non-judgmental situation.

Dog shelters

    Dog shelter facilities for the care, welfare and return of lost dogs.

    Dog parks

    In conjunction with the Council Parks department, development of new parks and the review of the existing dog parks and exercise areas, throughout the city.


    Patrols and enforcement of dog law (Dog Control Act 1996) and current Council Dog Control bylaw for dogs in public places, and to assist with the safety of people and animals around leashed, prohibited, beach and wildlife areas.