Dog Registration


​​​​​Central Otago District Council is required by law to keep a register of all dogs in the district. As a dog owner, you are required to ensure your dog is registered by the time it is three months old.

Once your dog is registered, you are also required to re-register each year (each July). A notice and invoice will be sent to the registered owner with the contact details you provide prior to the registration period as a reminder that the next annual registration is due.

Online dog registrations

Dog owners will receive their dog registration renewal email and text in June.  The notice includes a reference number that will allow access to the Reg the Dog website - - to renew your dog registration. You will be able to renew your dog from 1 July.

Customers who have a new puppy or a new dog to be registered in the Central Otago district can also use the Reg the Dog website to register.

Simply enter your email address and the address of where your dog is kept and follow the step by step instructions. It’s quick and easy, but if you do get stuck please call the Council on 03 440 0056.
There are also options to register your dog by phone and in person at any Council service centre for those without access to the internet. ​

Change of address or ownership

If you change address you need to notify Council to enable us to reunite you and your loved one (if they were to take themselves for a walk), but also to avoid any fines for not updating your details. If you buy or sell a dog you must also notify Council within 14 days. This can be via the online means or by phone.



​Dog Registration Fees​Cost
Non Working Dog (Pet)* please see pro-rata table below for accurate price$55.00
Working Dog*$12.00​

​* A working dog is one kept solely for herding or driving stock, or a disability assist dog. Other specific classifications for working dogs are detailed in the Dog Control Act. If you consider your dog meets the definition contact Council and we will verify this.​ Please note working dogs does not include those that 'go to work with you' or are 'used for hunting' etc. Any working dog status will be checked to ensure it meets the Dog Control Act definitions.

​Pro-rata Rate Calculator
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Non Working Dog  ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
​July $55​Aug $50​Sept $45​Oct $42​Nov $37​Dec $32
​Jan $28​Feb $23​March$18​April $14​May $9​June $5
​​Working Dog ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
​July $12​Aug $11​Sept $10​Oct $9​Nov $8​Dec $7
Jan $6​Feb $5March $4​April $3​May $2​June $1

​Got a question?

Phone: 03 440 0056

Page reviewed: 19 Jun 2020 4:02pm