Dog Owners Information
Dog and Animal Control Fees and Charges
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
If you need a Dog Registration Form, you can download one here.
Change of Ownership
On change of ownership of any dog, both the previous owner and the new owner, must within 14 days, give written notice of the change to the Waimate District 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
Selected Owner Status
Dog owners who meet the criteria may apply to Council to have 'selected owner' status.
There is also a copy of the Waimate District Council Bylaws which set out where dogs can be exercised, where dogs are prohibited along with many other matters on dog control. The policy is available at the Waimate Local Government Centre at no cost.
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.- Other definitions of a working dog, can be found on the attached link on the "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 the Waimate District Council is required to report annually on dog policy and practices each financial year.
Reports can be read below:
Further information on the Waimate District Council dog Bylaws can be obtained by speaking to the Animal Control Officer.
Waimate District Council Animal Control Department
Phone 03 6890000