The due date for your standard dog registration payment is 31 July. Dog owners who hold Responsible Dog Owner (RDO) status must pay by 30 June to receive the responsible dog owner discount.

When you receive a registration reminder, please check that your details and those of your dogs are correct. If any details are incorrect please update us before making payment:

Updates to the records should be made within 3 days at which time you can return to make payment online.

Pay your dog registration

To pay online, you'll need a credit/debit card, your customer number and your payment reference. These can be found on your registration reminder.

You'll receive your dog tag approximately 15 working days after you make payment.

All credit/debit card payments are processed, managed and completed by a secured and trusted third-party vendor, Windcave. Windcave is compliant with PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards) and subject to the Privacy Act 2020, and evidence of compliance is available on the Windcave website(external link).

Christchurch City Council only receives transaction data that enables your payment to be made and processed.  If your payment is not successfully processed due to credit/debit card or other issues, your payment liability to us will remain outstanding. Further information can be found in the Council’s Privacy Statement(external link).

Other ways to pay

  • Phone 03 941 8999 or 0800 800 169 to pay by credit card over the phone.
  • Visit a Service Desk(external link) (listed on the back of your invoice) and pay over the counter.

Please note that you can no longer pay by direct bank transfer.

To register a new dog

To register a new dog please contact us or complete our online form. Your details will be loaded for online payment within three working days.

To avoid additional penalties, dog owners should register their dogs prior to 31 July each year. 

An infringement notice, which carries a $300 penalty, may be issued where the dog is found to be unregistered after 31 July. This infringement fee does not include the dog's registration fee.  Unregistered dogs may also be seized and impounded, and you would then be liable for impound fees as well as the dog registration fee before the dog could be released.

Dog control activities

Dog control activities in Christchurch are funded totally from dog registration and other dog licence fees. 

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 Christchurch City Council Area

For free microchipping, dogs must reside in Christchurch and be registered with the Christchurch City Council.  This free service takes place on Wednesdays from 11am to 12noon at  the dog shelter, 10 Metro Place, Bromley – not including public holidays.

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.
  • DogSafe, an adult education course based on bite prevention in the workplace.
  • 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.