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Dog Registration Changes coming very soon

Registration from July 2017

Council is introducing new dog registration fees from 1 July 2017. The new fees are designed to encourage responsible ownership. Discounts will recognise responsible dog ownership and encourage controls on dogs.The proposed fees are as follows: 

Registration fee non-working dog

(before possible discounts)

Possible discounts:


  • The dog is spayed or neutered

- $10 discount 

  • The dog is in a fenced or controlled property

- $20 discount

  • Responsible owner (according to Council's criteria) & microchipped dog

- $30 discount

Registration fee non-working dog if all discounts apply 


Working dog registration


Late registration penalty (for all dogs)

50% of the total registration fee


Dogs neutered after 1 July 2016 

You will need to provide Council with evidence from your vet that your dog has been neutered or spayed, such as a receipt or a certificate.


Fencing or a controlled property

To receive the fencing discount, ensure that your dog is contained on your property in one of the following ways:

  • A fully fenced property; or
  • A fenced or portable enclosure; or
  • A dog motel; or
  • A kennel with an enclosed run attached; or
  • A leash attached to a running wire.


Responsible owner

To receive this discount, you must meet the following criteria:

  • The dog is microchipped as required by the Dog Control Act 1996
  • There has been no written warning, barking abatement notice, seizure or infringement under the Dog Control Act 1996 from 1 July 2016 onwards relating to any dog owned by the person applying for the registration

If you want your dog to be microchipped, you can get it done for free at one of Council’s free microchipping sessions. Have a look on this webpage to see when the next session is near you, or ring Dog Control. 

Council is adopting a clean slate approach to good behaviour. Only incidents of irresponsible dog ownership from 1 July 2016 will be taken into account. From July 2018 onwards, only the previous two years' history will be taken into account with the good behaviour discount.


Download our brochure here [PDF, 2.4 MB]

Dog Registration Changes coming very soon

community conversations

Community Conversations

Council is serious about engaging with our people – and ensuring Council represents the interests of our communities as best it can. We have all been through a considerable amount of change over recent years and to ensure we are all best prepared for our future Council is refocussing its approach.

We believe Council does not need to be the solution, and instead is part of the solution with our communities and other agencies. This multi-agency approach, partnering philosophy and collective understanding of the issues assists in ensuring decisions made today by all involved in our communities and district will prepare us for the future.

We are interested in sharing and hearing your views of the here and now – but also the future.  It is important we don’t shy away from courageous conversations. 

The Southland District Council Mayor, Councillors and staff are set to be out and about again to continue our Community Conversations with you. We are a bit later than planned but thought it was better to get the Annual Plan consultation process and Community Development Area subcommittee elections completed first. Click on the link below to find out more. 

Community Conversations 2017

You can find out more about previous converesations by clicking on the link below. 

Community Conversations 2016: Answers




Community Conversations