Registering your dog
All dogs are required to be registered before they are 3 months of age. Registration must be renewed before 30 June each year. The registration year runs from 1 July to 30 June of the following year.
Each dog must be registered at the address where they spend most of their time. If you are under 16 years of age and own a dog, it must be registered under the name of a parent or guardian.
Any dogs not previously registered before will pay a pro rata fee calculated from the time the dog was three months old.
If your dog was registered with us last year, registration forms will be mailed or emailed to you in June. Please advise us if your address or email changes or you will not receive the re-registration form.
Dog re-registration (renewal) online
For a quick and simple way to renew and pay for your annual dog re-registration using your credit card (Visa or Mastercard) please click on the link below.
Please make sure you have your annual 'Application to Register Dog(s)' form handy. You will need your Contact ID number (which is shown below your phone number and email address details) and any ONE of your Dog ID's from the list of your dogs.
It's important to note there is a convenience fee of 1.22% per transaction for this service.
Update owner or dog details and register your dog
To apply to register a new dog, update owner or dog details or advise if your dog has passed away, please click on the appropriate link below. Please note: To use this service you will need to have a log-in account or create one with us.
If you already have an online services account - Log into your account
If you don't have an online services account - Create an account
It is important to note that BNZ charges a convenience fee of 2.49% per transaction to use this service (with a minimum fee of $1.00 per transaction). Council does not receive any part of this fee.
Council's list of dog breed codes (this will need to be completed on your dog registration form).
If you wish to pay your registration using internet banking please provide the following information:
1st reference field: Contact ID #
2nd reference field: Dog ID #
3rd reference field: "Dog reg"
Council's bank account details are:
ANZ Tauranga, 01 0434 0180600 00
You can also register your dog and request a replacement tag at Council's head office at Barkes Corner, Greerton, or at any of the area offices: Te Puke, Omokoroa, Waihi Beach or Katikati.
Contact the Customer Services team on 0800 926 732 or (07) 571 8008 for more information.
These are the registration prices for the 2019/20 registration year.
|Class of dog||Before 1 August 2019||On or after 1 August 2019|
|*Stock working dogs (solely for herding and driving stock)||$47.50||$71.25|
|Working Dogs (Police, Ministry, security or Search & Rescue)||No fee on application||No fee on application|
|Disability Assist Dogs (certified)||No fee on application||No fee on application|
|Dangerous dogs||Additional 50% increase in dog fee applicable||Additional 50% increase in dog fee applicable|
* Working dogs - All new dogs should apply for working dog status and if approved they will get the reduced fee the next registration year.
- All dogs must be registered before three months of age
- New dogs over 3 months of age must be registered immediately
- Your annual registration expires on June 30th. Payments made after August 1st incur a late fee penalty
- Keeping an unregistered dog is an offence, even if you are not the owner.
Your tag for 2019-20 will be yellow.
If you require a replacement tag during the year, you can get one from our customer service centres in Barkes Corner, Waihi Beach, Katikati, Omokoroa or Te Puke. The cost for a replacement tag is $7.50.
Any dogs not previously registered need to pay an extra fee. This is calculated from the time the dog was three months old, so it pays to pay as soon as you can.
If your dog dies during the year you may apply in writing for a partial refund of the registration fee.
Council can also refund this fee to the dog adoption and fostering programme which supports the rehoming of dogs in our community.
|Dog pound fees||Unregistered||Registered|
|Second impounding (same dog within 24 months)||$160||$80|
|Third and subsequent impounding (for same dogwithin 24 months)||$200||$160|
|Third and subsequent seizure||$200|
Daily sustenance: $12.50 per day
Dog adoption: $250 for a male dog and $280 for a female dog
Application for permit to keep more than two dogs in residential areas and more than five dogs in rural areas
This permit is to ensure the number of dogs kept on any property does not increase to an extent where problems may arise.
There is a $50 application fee and the permit is valid for the number of dogs you have applied for on that property. If you move house or add another dog, you will need to re-apply to add that dog to the permit, this will incur another $50 fee.
Approval for a permit is not immediate. The following factors will be taken into account.
- The size of your property - this does not mean there will be a property inspection in every instance.
- Have there been previous barking complaints.
- Have there been previous roaming/rushing/attacking complaints.
- Have there been any instances where your dog/s have been a nuisance.
Should the permit be granted and there is a substaniated complaint, your permit may be revoked and you will be required to reduce the number of dogs kept on the property.
Change of address within the District or from another area
I've moved within the Western Bay
If you (a dog owner) have moved to a new address within the Western Bay District you need to notify Council of the dog's new address within two weeks of your move. You can do this by calling or emailing the Customer Services team on 07 571 8008 or email@example.com
I've moved to the Western Bay
If you have moved from another Council district to the Western Bay you need to notify the previous council of your change of address, and let us know within two weeks of your move. You can do this by calling or emailing the Customer Services team on 07 571 8008 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You also need to complete a tag swap for your dog's registration tag from your previous council's tag to a Western Bay tag. You can do this by bringing your current year registration tag into one of our area offices. There is no charge for your tag swap.