The law requires all dogs over three months of age to be registered.
Dog registration is due for renewal on 1 July each year. If your dog is registered, you will be sent a re-registration form to the most current postal address you have listed. If you get a new dog you need to ensure it is registered with Council. Owners who do not register their dog may be issued with an infringement and fined.
Waimate District dog owners are reminded that it is the responsibility of the owner or person having control of a dog in public areas, to remove and dispose of any dog faeces immediately.
Dog walkers should carry suitable receptacles when walking a dog. Dogs must be kept on a leash and under control at all times, when they are in a public place - further information on dog exercise areas and requirements can be found below.
Refer below to download a Dog Registration Form and further reference to Council's Fees and Charges.
All dogs are due for registration on July 1 each year.
All dogs over the age of 3 months must be registered, that typically reside in the Waimate District must be registered.
It is an offence to keep a dog older than 3 months which is unregistered and you may be issued with an infringement if you do not comply with this requirement. Where any dog is first required to be registered after 1st August in any registration year, the fee shall be 1/12th of the annual fee for each complete month remaining in the registration year after the date of such registration.
Payment can be made via internet banking, or in person at Council's Main Office (125 Queen Street, Waimate).
When the ownership of a dog changes, both the previous owner and the new owner, must give written notice of the change within 14 days to Council.
On the change of address of any dog or owner, the owner must, within 14 days, give written notice of the change to the Waimate District Council.
Where the fee for the registration of a dog is paid and that dog dies, a refund will be made on request as follows:
- Where a dog dies before the commencement of the year, the full fee will be refunded.
- Where the dog dies during the year, 1/12th of the annual fee for each complete month remaining in the registration year after the date of application for a refund will be refunded.
Dogs requiring microchipping:
- Any dog(s) registered for the first time on or after 1 July 2006, unless the dog(s) are kept solely or principally for the purpose of herding or droving stock.
- Dogs impounded for the second time, or dogs classed as dangerous and menacing
- You may be required to complete a Declaration of a Working Dog
A "Working Dog" is that which is kept, solely or principally, for the purpose of herding or driving stock. Refer to Forms for further information.
There are a number of areas within the Waimate District where dogs can be taken.
Dog Prohibited Public Areas
Dogs are not allowed in these areas at any time.
Dog Exercise Areas
Public places identified as areas where dogs may be exercised at large without necessarily being controlled on a leash. All dogs must be under control of the owner or person in charge of the dog at all times.
Means that the dog is not causing a nuisance or danger and that the person in charge of the dog has the dog under continual surveillance and is able to obtain the desired response from the dog by use of a lead and, when not on a leash, by use of voice commands, hand signals, whistles or other effective means.
Here's a quick overview of permitted and non-permitted dog exercise areas. The maps below show where dogs can be exercised off the lead. Within the green areas are designated dog exercise areas, however, you'll see certain areas marked in red - dogs are not allowed in these areas. They must, however, be under control at all times:
Dog owners who meet the criteria may apply to Council to have 'selected owner' status.
Please check with Council on 03 689 0000 for further information.