Dog Registration

Register Your Dog

All dogs living in the Westland District must be registered with the Westland District Council. The registration period runs from 1 July to 30 June.

It is an offence to own an unregistered dog three months of age or over. The fine for this offence is a $300 fine. Statistics suggest that fewer welfare and roaming complaints are received about registered dogs.

There are four classes of dog registration: Urban, Rural, Working and Selected. Please refer to the Dog Control Policy 2016 for information about qualifying for ‘Selected’ registration.

If your dog is registered in another district and you move to Westland, you can register it free of charge during the dog registration year. 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.

You can register your dog by:

  • Visiting our council office at 36 Weld Street, Hokitika.
    We are open Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Phoning the council on 03 756 9010 or 0800 474 834

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]

Re-registration

Re-registration notices are sent in June each year. You must register your dog(s) by 31 July every year to avoid late payment penalties. You must still re-register your dog(s) even if you do not receive a notice.

You can re-register your dog(s) by:

  • Visiting our council office at 36 Weld Street, Hokitika.
    We are open Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Paying by direct debit into the Council bank account 03-0850-0110046-00 using your owner ID and the suffix ;DG (i.e. 1234:DG) as reference to your transaction and your registration form. Either post your signed form to Council or you can email to dogs@westlanddc.govt.nz,
  • Posting your signed registration form and cheque to Council at Private Bag 704, Hokitika 7842

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.

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

If a registered dog dies during the registration year, you can request a pro-rata refund or credit to your account

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