The Waimate District is a dog friendly area, with approximately 3,000 registered dogs. Here you will find everything you need to know about keeping a dog within the Waimate District, covering basic rules, where you can take your dog for exercise and how to make sure you and your dog have a great time out and about, and at home.
Registering my dog
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.
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 by visiting the Pay Online section, or in person at Council's Main Office (125 Queen Street, Waimate).
Registration costs, other fees and charges
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.
To change ownership, please complete the Change of Ownership form, here.
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.
To change address, please advise Council on 03 689 0000, or email email@example.com
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.
To register the death of your dog, please complete the Deceased Dog Notification form, here.
Dog control bylaw
Chapter 6 of the Waimate District Consolidated Bylaw has information about dog control, including dog exercise maps. Read the full chapter here.
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.
- 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.
Dog exercise areas
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:
Selected owner status
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.
To apply for selected owner status, please complete the application form, here.
Keeping three or more dogs
A license is required to keep three or more dogs in an urban zoned area.
Selected Owner Status is required before a three or more can be considered. Both can be applied for at the same time.
To apply for a license to keep three or more dogs, please complete this form.
Annual dog control report
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.
2021-22 Annual Dog Control Report
2020-21 Annual Dog Control Report
Need to get in touch?
Waimate District Council Animal Control Department
P. +64 3 3 689 0000