Dog owners have until 1 July 2016 to get a multiple dog licence if they have more than two dogs on their property (this does not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area).
If there is more than one dog owner on the property the owners can make a joint application, as the licence is issued to the property.
To apply you will need to complete & return this form [PDF, 32 KB] and pay the $50 application fee.
The licence has standard conditions, such as making sure your dogs are not a barking nuisance.
Once you have a licence, you only need to reapply if:
If you move, your new house will need to pass another property inspection. There is no fee for this.
When Southland District Council receives a licence application, a dog control officer will check your property to see if:
A dog control officer may speak with your immediate neighbours, including those at the back of your property and next to your driveway.
If they raise any concerns, the officer will investigate why and try to resolve them.
If one of the dog owners on a property is a probationary or disqualified owner, Council will not issue a licence to increase the number of dogs.
Southland District Council can withdraw your licence or reduce the number of dogs it applies to if you do not meet conditions. Examples of conditions are:
There is no right of objection to Council if your licence is revoked, however you can re-apply after 12 months.