Your dog must be registered by the time it is three months old. From the age of three months, fee rates are calculated proportionally for the year.

Dog registration is then due for renewal by 1 July each year. All dogs registered from 1 July 2006 are also required to be microchipped. The dog register is kept to help us and you as it provides us with contact information, which can help us and you if your dog goes missing. The register is also used to keep a record of any dog incidents, including attacks, for us to help keep Upper Hutt a safe place to live.

Read full and complete information on policy and fees associated with dogs and dog control in Upper Hutt [PDF 227 KB]

Registration form

Registration forms are posted out by mid-June and your payment is required by the 1st of August. If you register on time, you will be charged at a discounted rate.

To register your dog, you can come into the Council building at Upper Hutt. If you wish to pay via internet banking or online, please refer to the fees and payment information and link to online payment below. Once payment is made your dog/s tag will be posted to you. Please allow up to 2 weeks to receive your tag/s.

View/download a Dog Registration Application Form 2018–2019  [PDF 14 KB]

When you register your dog the following information about the dog and the dogs owner will be required:

Owner details
Dog details
  • Name
  • Address
  • Contact details
  • Breed
  • Colour/s
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Name
  • Spayed/neutered (Council requires proof such as a veterinary certificate for you to claim a discount on your registration fee)
  • Microchip number (you must microchip your dog and supply the number to Council within two months of registering your dog)

Dog Tags

Dog tags are issued after we have received your completed registration form and payment. You will be sent out a disc or tag, depending on what your received last year if you would like to change your preference let us know by calling (04) 527 2169 or email Replacement discs can also be purchased for $4.00.

Fees and payment information

If you are a new dog owner, you may be eligible for a pro-rata rate, depending on when your dog needs to be registered by. Please contact us on (04) 527 2169 to find out how much it will cost you to register your dog if part way through the dog registration year.

Registration fees vary and are based on the following factors:

  • where you live (rural or urban)
  • dog is neutered or not (council requires proof such as a veterinary certificate)
  • if you have responsible owner status
  • if you have a dog that is classified as ‘menacing’ by deed (Section 33A of the Dog Control Act 1996)
  • if you have a dog that is classified as ‘dangerous’ (Section 31 of the Dog Control Act 1996)
Dog Registration Class Discounted Fee
(if paid by August 2018)
Standard Fee
(payable from 2 August 2018)
Disability assistance dog GD $nil $nil
Police dog PD $40.00 $60.00
Rural dog RD $69.00 $103.00
Responsible owner 1 SO $80.00 $175.00
Responsible owner with neutered dog 1 SN $69.00 $157.00
General registration J $117.00 $175.00
General registration, with neutered dog N $105.00 $157.00
Classified Dangerous Dog (section 31) 2 K $157.00 $235.00
Classified Menacing Dog (section 33A) 2 QD $130.00 $195.00


  1. ‘Responsible owner’ status cannot be claimed if paying after 2 August 2017. Fee classes SO and SN will change to J or N at that time.
  2. A ‘classified’ dog is one that has been declared ‘dangerous’ or ‘menacing’. Read more about this in the Dog Control Policy [PDF 227 KB]

View/download the full Schedule of Fees and Charges [PDF 1.18 MB]

Pay it online

Click here to go to pay your dog registration online

Internet banking

If you would like to pay your dog registration fee via internet banking, please type DG before your Account ID Number to enable us to enter the fee against your account.

You will find your Account ID Number either above the ‘Dog details section’ or at the very bottom right side of your registration form.

Please sign, date and return your registration form to:

Upper Hutt City Council
838-842 Fergusson Drive
Private Bag 907
Upper Hutt 5140

Refer to the Resource & Links section for more information on ways to make a payment to Council.

Applying to have more than two dogs on a property

If you live in an urban area with a property less than 1,000m2, you are able to own up to two dogs on your property. If you wish to have more than two dogs on your property, you must apply to Council requesting approval for this. The administration fee for a permit to keep more than two dogs on a property is $45.00.

Permit application to keep more than two dogs on an urban property [PDF 101 KB]

Once your application has been received, the Animal Control Officers will contact your neighbours for their consent. The application is forwarded to the Director of Planning and Regulatory Services with the neighbour consent forms.

If you have not had previous complaints against your current dogs, and if your neighbours agree, approval should be given. If your application is declined, you will have a right of appeal to a Council hearing, which will make the final decision on the application. Read more about this in the Dog Control Policy [PDF 227 KB]

Exercise areas

Dogs may be exercised at large, provided that the dogs do not cause a nuisance, or annoy any other users of these areas and are under the control of their owners or a responsible person who has the owner’s permission to walk and/or exercise that dog in all Upper Hutt Parks, except:-

  • all playgrounds at all times; and
  • all sports fields while a sporting event is in progress; and
  • all parks while Council approved activities are in progress; and
  • Birchville Park and Te Haukaretu Park at all times.

Read more about this in the Dog Control Policy [PDF 227 KB]

Fouling in public places

Every person, while having in his or her care or control, any dog which fouls any public place with faecal matter, is required to remove such faecal matter immediately. The faecal matter is to be disposed of responsibly.Read more about this in the Dog Control Policy [PDF 227 KB]

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Last updated on 05 Jul 2018