How do I register my dog?

It’s easy! You can register your dog by using this form. Once you have filled in the form, you can take it to one of our service centres at the Greytown or Featherston library or bring it in to our Martinborough Office. Please note that all dogs must be registered by 3 months of age. 

If you wish to pay online, please click here

Where can I find the dog fees?

Notice is hereby given pursuant to section 37 of the Dog Control Act 1996, that the South Wairarapa District Council has set the following dog control fees inclusive of GST for all dogs within the South Wairarapa District.  The fees cover the financial period commencing 1 July 2020 and ending 30 June 2021.

All dogs of or over the age of 3 months must be registered, including all rural dogs.  Applications to register dogs should be made by 1 July 2020 to the South Wairarapa District Council, 19 Kitchener Street, Martinborough.

A late registration fee of an additional 50% will be imposed for all dogs registered after 1 August 2020.

All dogs that were first registered on or after 1 July 2006 must also be microchipped.  Working dogs kept solely or principally for herding or driving stock and wearing current registration tags are exempt from this requirement.


Fees due 31 July 2020

Fees before 31 July 2020

Late fee after 1 August 2020

Urban Desexed



Rural Desexed



Urban Entire



Rural Entire



Flat fee for up to 10 Rural Dogs


plus $21.50 per additional dog


plus $32.00 per additional dog

Permit application to keep more than two dogs in an urban area including breeder



Re-homing fee for impounded dogs



Costs and expenses relating to impounding and securing impounded dogs

Actual costs plus 10%


Replacement registration tag (if tag lost or damaged)




Actual cost plus 10%


Impounding Fees


First Impounding


Second Impounding


Third Impounding


Feeding (per day)


What happens if I don’t register my dog?

If you are in the possession of an unregistered dog for longer than 72 hours, you are deemed the owner of that dog Under the Dog Control Act 1996.  You will be given time to provide the dogs details and pay the registration. If the registration is not paid by the time given, you will receive an infringement in the mail for failure to register a dog. the infringement is $300 per dog.  Failure to register after this may result in your dog being seized and impounded.  You will need to pay impound fees plus registration and microchipping (if not already done) to get your dog back.

How do I transfer a registered dog in from another area?

There is no cost to transfer a registered dog in from another area.  You can fill in the form below and take it to one of our service centres or the Council offices in Martinborough.  You can also scan and send to and you will be sent a tag in the mail.  Proof of registration will be required and if emailing please provide ID for yourself.

Transfer Dog Form

My dog has died. Can I get a refund of my registration fees?

Yes, Council can refund you the amount of full remaining months of the current registration year from the date they are notified of the dog’s death. You must fill in the declaration form and provide evidence to prove your dog is deceased and the date of which it occurred.

Deceased Dog Declaration Form

I have rehomed my dog and am no longer responsible for registering it, what do I do?

You will need to fill in the form below so that you are not charged for the dog. We do require proof that the dog is no longer in your care by supplying the contact details of the new owner.

Can I pay part of my yearly fees?

Council does not take part payments, however, if you have a new pup that is registered for the first time, you will be charged for the amount of full remaining months in the year. If you are registering a new adult dog you will need to pay for a full year of registration.

What do I need to know when registering and Microchipping my dog?

Dog registrations are due by 31 July every year. A 50% penalty will apply after that date.

  • All dogs over 3 months must be registered with Council.
  • Registration tags must be attached to the dog’s collar at all times.
  • Dogs found with no registration tags will be taken to the pound and owners will be charged a fee.
  • All dogs registered for the first time must be micro-chipped (except working dogs).
  • The microchip number must be given to Council so we can add it to your dogs details.

If you see dogs (or any other animals) wandering in public places, please contact Council on 06 306 9611 (24 hours).

What are the rules and regulations for dogs in South Wairarapa?

  • All dogs MUST be registered with the council.
  • Keep your dog under control at all times.
  • Dogs must be contained on their property and not be allowed to wander.
  • Dogs must be on a leash in urban areas.
  • Carry a leash when you are in rural areas.
  • Ensure your dog receives proper care, food, water, shelter and exercise.
  • Clean up after your dog in public areas.
  • Make sure your dog does not injure, endanger, intimidate or distress anyone.
  • Accept liability for any damage your dog does.
  • Muzzle your dog in public if it is known to be aggressive.
  • Comply with Councils dog bylaw

Dog obedience

Puppy classes are a great way to socialise your dog and important for their behavioural learning. We highly recommend dog obedience classes for puppies and adult dogs. You will also learn tips on how to control your dog. There are several providers in the Wairarapa for classes or individual lessons.

Where can I take my dog to exercise?

Dogs must be leashed while walking on urban streets, and under control at all times in any off-leashed dog parks or rural areas. There are 3 off leash dog parks listed below for you and your dog to enjoy.

Featherston: On the corner of Harrison Street West and Johnston Street.
Martinborough: On Weld Street, opposite Robert Street.
Greytown: Corner of Pierce and Cotter Streets Greytown. Access is via West Street.

Places where dogs are prohibited: All children’s play areas, sports grounds, and coastal camping areas.

Why has my dog been impounded?

Dogs that are roaming, waiting to be re-homed, or have been seized for any reason are taken to the pound by Council’s Bylaw Officers who will ensure the dogs are cared for while in the pound. If your dog is seen wandering often, unregistered is not wearing its current registration tag, or is not microchipped, it will be impounded. All dogs must wear their current registration tag to show they are registered.

The South Wairarapa District Impound facility is on Johnston Street in Featherston.

How do I report a dog attack?

Contact us confidentially at 06 306 9611 (24 hours).  You will be asked to provide further information regarding the incident:

Time and date
Your details
Exact location of the incident
A description of the offending dog (colour, breed, size, sex, tag number)
Address of dog if known
Where did you last see the dog?
Details of any witnesses
Did the dog cause injury to a person or animal?
Is a vet or doctor’s report available?
Any photos of the injuries (recommended)
A signed statement from you and any other witnesses

How many dogs can I have?

You can have up to two dogs on an urban property. If you want to have more than 2 urban dogs you can apply for a permit by filling in the application below. The cost to apply for a permit is $144. Bylaws Officers will visit and meet your dogs and will also contact your neighbours to advise of the permit. Contact Bylaw Officers for more information or ring 06 306 9611. There is no limit for rural properties.

Additional Urban Dog Registration Form

I’ve lost my dog what do I do?

Ring the Bylaw Officers on 06 306 9611 (24 hours) to see if it has already been picked up and to let the bylaws officers know to keep an eye out for it.

What are the fees to retrieve a dog from the pound?

If your dog has been taken to the pound you will have to pay a fee before we will release the dog: Contact the Bylaw Officers or ring 306 9611 to arrange for the release of the dog. Our Schedule of Fees includes pound fees.

What do I need to know about micro-chipping my dog?

If your dog is not a working dog, it MUST be microchipped. You have 2 months from the date of first registration to have your pup microchipped. Talk to your vet to schedule a microchipping appointment.

A microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is permanently implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades. The microchip holds a 15-digit number much like a bar code, there is no other information on a microchip.  When a dog is found wandering or lost it is scanned for a microchip, the number is put into the National Dog Database to show who owns the dog anywhere in New Zealand.  

If your dog is lost or stolen, micro-chips allow it to be easily identified anywhere in NZ so you’ll be reunited with your dog quickly.

New Zealand Institute of Animal Management website: The Institute has a great website with advice on dog training, dog bite education, dog rules, livestock rules and where you can find help if needed.

Councils Dog Bylaws
Council’s Dog Policy

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