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Useful Information for Dog Owners

Council respects the rights of people to own dogs and wants to ensure everyone living and visiting the Waimate District is kept safe and that dog owners take their responsibilities seriously. The Dog Owners Information Brochure has useful information about dog ownership including fees, legal obligations, and dog exercise areas.

Dog Registration

All dogs are due for registration on July 1st each year.

All dogs over the age of 3 months 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.

Dog Registration Form

Click here to download the Dog Registration Form.

Change of Ownership

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.

Change of Address

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.

Death of Dog

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.

Notification of Deceased Dog

Notification of Deceased Dog Form

Selected Owner Status

Dog owners who meet the criteria may apply to Council to have 'selected owner' status.

Selected Owner Status Application Form

Waimate District Consolidated Bylaw - Dog Control

Chapter 6 of the Waimate District Consolidated Bylaw has information about dog control, including dog exercise maps. Read the full Consolidated Bylaw or the Dog Control chapter.


Dogs requiring microchipping:

  1. 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.
  2. Dogs impounded for the second time, or dogs classed as dangerous and menacing
  3. 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. Other definitions of a working dog, can be found on the attached link on the "Declaration of a Working Dog."

Declaration of a Working Dog

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 on the Waimate District Council Bylaws by the attached link.

Annual Dog Control Reports

Subject to Section 10A of the Dog Control Act 1996, Council is required to report annually on dog policy and practices each financial year. Please see below for the latest report.

Contact us

Waimate District Council Animal Control Department
P. +64 3 3 689 0000