Dog and Stock Control

  • Taz the dog
  • Zoey & Sooti
  • Lab at river
  • Goofy the dog
  • Brawny

Dog Control

For dog control, phone the Council on 03 756 9010 or 0800 474 834. During business hours complaints received by Council will be submitted in our Service Request system and then forwarded to Dog Control. After hours those ringing the Council number will be be prompted with an option to forward your call to Dog Control.

Register Your Dog

All dogs over the age of three months must be registered. It is an offence to own an unregistered dog over 3 months. The fine for this offence is a $300 fine.

If you move to the Westland District part way through the dog registration year, please bring your current registration tag into our office at 36 Weld Street along with any relevant paper work and you will be issued with a Westland District dog registration tag at no cost.

If the registration fee is paid in full and the dog dies, a pro-rata refund or credit will be applied to your account on request.


If your dog is already registered in the Westland District, you will receive a notice for re-registration in the post in June each year. You must register your dog(s) by 31 July every year to avoid late payment penalties.

Methods of re-registering your dog(s)

When you receive your dog registration notice in June, please check that the details are correct. If any information requires updating, please write this on the registration form so that Dog Control records can be updated. Please ensure that your form has been signed before you return it.

You can register your dog by:

Visiting our council office at 36 Weld Street, Hokitika.
We are open Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm

Paying by direct debit into council bank account 03-0850-0110046-00 using your owner ID as reference on your registration form. Please ensure you either post your signed form to council or you can email to,

Posting your signed registration form and cheque to council at Private Bag 704, Hokitika 7842

New dog owners

New dog owners will need to come into council to register a new dog or you can phone council on 03 7569010 or 0800 474 834 to discuss your registration and arrange payment, and a tag will be posted to you.

Feel free to fill in the forms below (as appropriate) and bring them with you, as this will speed up the registration process:
- Blank Dog Registration Form – Standard [PDF]
- Blank Dog Registration Form – Selected Dog Owners and Working Dogs [PDF]

Fees and charges

Description Fee (as at July 2018)
Rural $58.50
Urban $74.00
Selected Dog Owner $45.00
Working Dog – 1st Dog $30.00
Working Dog – 2nd Dog $20.00

Updating your details

As a dog owner you are responsible for advising council of any changes in your details throughout the whole registration year. This applies to any changes in address, phone number, email etc or any changes with your dog such as a change in ownership or if your dog has passed away or moved out of the district. This will ensure our records are kept up to date.
Update your details online


Stock Control

Please report any stock control issue direct to the Council at 0800 474 834.  This number can also be used after hours. 


A government initiative - funding is available for menacing dogs.