Dog Registration and Fees

Councils work in partnership with the Central Government to administer the Dog Control Act of 1996. All dog owners are subject to the terms and conditions set down in the Act and must register all dogs aged over three months with their local Council.

Keeping track of your dog 
It's the law to register your dog, use the button below to pay online:

Renew Dog Registration button

From 1 June 2022, you can pay the fee for the 1 July 2022 - 30 June 2023 registration year.

The Dog Control Act requires all dogs over the age of three months to be registered each year. You should ensure your dog wears its registration tag at all times.

It’s also a good idea to have your name and phone number on a dog tag, so you can be easily contacted if your dog gets lost.

All newly registered dogs also need to be microchipped. For more information see our Microchipping your dog section.

Registering your dog for the first time on the Coromandel.

If your dog lives in the district and is 3 months old or more, then you must register your dog with us.  When you do, we will require details of your dog including: 

  • A description of its breed, colour, size, age and sex
  • Any distinguishing marks, identification tattoos
  • Microchip certificate
  • Desexing certificate from your vet

Under the Act, we are also required to obtain the full name, address and date of birth of dog owners as proof of identification.

Once the registration fee is received, your dog will be issued with a tag which must be worn by the dog at all times.  The registration tag belongs to the dog, not the owner.  If you sell or give away your dog, the tag must go with it as proof of registration. 

Replacement tags are available free of charge.

You can now download the New Registration Form from the 'Download' box on the right-hand side of this page. Complete the details and email it through to

Note: the form must be downloaded and saved to your device for you to complete the signatory field.

Payment can be made via internet banking, click here for instructions. Registration tags will be posted out to you once we have received the completed form and proof of payment. 

You can also pick up a dog registration form at a Council Service Centre. When you come, bring your photo I.D. (like a drivers license or a passport) as well.

Changes to your circumstances

Need to notify us of some changes with your furry friend? 

You can download the Dog Maintenance Form from the 'Download' box on the right-hand side of this page. Complete the details and email it to

The form covers all of the below:

  • Change of ownership
  • Notification of the passing of your furry friend
  • Change of dog's physical address
  • Change of district for your dog

Re-registering your dog

To renew your dog's registration online, go to the online payments portal on our website and click on the "Renew my dog registration now" button. If you use our online pay system a receipt is produced on the spot and you don't need to bring your renewal form to us, as you have already made a digital declaration of dog ownership. Your dog's tag will be mailed to you.

To renew online, you will need to have your dog reference number as shown on your renewal letter. If any details on this letter are incorrect, please update the details using the Dog Maintenance Form before making a payment.

Or, you can pay at one of our offices: bring your completed and signed renewal form with you for over-the-counter payments. You can also post a cheque with your completed and signed renewal form to:

TCDC Dog Registration
Private Bag 1001
Thames 3540


Cost of registration

We have a flat fee structure which means we don’t charge different rates for urban and rural or sexed or desexed dogs, the only exceptions being guide dogs and dogs classified as dangerous.

All fees and charges are inclusive of GST. 

All dogs except guide dogs and dangerous dogs Per dog $85.00
Working farm dogs in excess of three registered to the same owner. (For the first three working dogs, standard dog fees apply, for the fourth and additional dogs, there is no charge. A statutory declaration must be provided with application). Per dog No charge
Dangerous dogs. Per dog $127.50
Guide dogs. Per dog No charge
Penalty fees shall be charged at an additional 50% of annual dog registrations that remain unpaid as at 1 August of each financial year.
Pro Rata dog registration fee

Where the following applies a Pro Rata dog registration fee can be charged by discretion of a Dog Control Officer

  • Where a dog has been imported into NZ after August 2nd of the current registration year.
  • Where a dog older than 3 months has been in possession of the owner for less than 3 months within the current registration year*

*Pro Rata fee - determined by dividing the registration fee payable for a full year by 12; and multiplying that amount by the number of complete months remaining in the registration year.

The only exceptions to the flat fee are: 

  1. Guide/hearing ear dogs which are not charged a fee for registering; and
  2. Dogs classified as dangerous, which are charged an extra 50% of the normal fee.
A working/stock dog is any dog kept by any person earning their main income from sheep or cattle farming, solely or primarily for the herding or driving of stock.

You can get a rebate on fourth and subsequent working dogs. To apply, fill in the statutory declaration form located on the right and attach your registration form/s. Once completed and signed by a notified individual, please send to and we'll be in touch.


Registration for the 1 July to 30 June year can be paid from 1 June. 

Penalty fees shall be charged at an additional 50% of annual dog registrations that remain unpaid as at 1 August of each year

Owners of unregistered dogs are liable for a $300 instant fine.

Payment options

You can pay online, by credit card (2.1% surcharge), if the details on your renewal notice are correct. Dog tags will be mailed to the address that the notice was sent to.

You can pay by cash, cheque, debit card or credit card (2.4% surcharge) if you bring your renewal notice to the counter at one of our service centres.

You can mail a cheque, or bring it to the counter at one of our service centres, along with the renewal notice.

Postal address

Dog registrations
Thames-Coromandel District Council
Private Bag, Thames, 3540

Relocation or transfer of dogs

Please remember to notify us of any changes regarding where your dog will be living.

If the dog is going to live in another district, the Council must be notified within 6 weeks.

Change of ownership of any dogs must be notified to Council within 14 days.

Please use the Dog Maintenance Form from the download box on the right-hand side of this page to notify us of any changes to the ownership of your dog, if it has passed away or if it has moved address.

National Dog Database and Microchipping

In accordance with Government law changes that became effective on 1 July 2006, Thames-Coromandel dog owners will have their details recorded on a National Dog Database. 

Dogs registered for the first time will need to be microchipped.  If you have been given a dog and cannot provide proof of registration, then it will be required to be microchipped.

In addition to new registrations all dogs classified as dangerous or menacing on or after 1 December 2003, and dogs that are impounded for a second time will have to be microchipped.

A vet certificate will be required as proof that the dog has been microchipped in accordance with the Act. Please ensure that this is provided to you when your dog is implanted.

Any dog owners affected by the new law who are found after 1 July 2006, with a dog that is not micro-chipped will be reminded of their legal obligation to comply and may be issued with an infringement notice and face prosecution, if they ignore these warnings.