When to register your new dog
When dogs reach the age of 3 months they must be registered. You also need to register your dog if you're moving here from outside lower Hutt.
Cost of registering a dog
There's a yearly fee to register your dog. The cost of the initial registration is based on the time left in the current registration period.
For an additional cost you can also sign up to Doggone.
Pro rata fees are available for new puppies or dogs registered for the first time, or if your dog is neutered or spayed. Get in touch with us to find out if you're entitled to a pro rata fees.
How to apply to register your new dog
Before you apply to register your dog for the first time, please read the following important information:
You can then download the dog registration application form (PDF 261 kb) to apply in person or by post or apply online.
If your dog has been desexed, you will need a photograph or scanned copy of your dog’s desexing certificate. You can upload this to your online application or bring it to us at our main building, 30 Laings Road, Lower Hutt.
Once you've applied
After you've sent or given us your application form, we'll work out how much your registration will cost.
Your dog will be allocated a lifelong Dog number with Hutt City Council. Each year it will need a new dog tag, which shows that its registration is up to date for that year.
Paying for your new dog registration
If you apply in person, we'll take your payment and give you your new dog tag.
If you apply online, we'll email you an invoice – the email will contain a link to our credit card payment page. Once we receive your payment we'll send you a new dog tag.
Replacement registration tag
Replacement registration tags are available from the Customer Service desk at Council's main building at 30 Laings Road, or from Animal Services, 21 Meachen Street, Seaview. Look up how much they cost
Requesting a refund
If your dog has died you may be entitled to a refund of your registration costs.
Under the the Dog Control Act 1996 the refund will be a pro-rata amount calculated from the date that you notify us that your dog has passed away.
The registration can be refunded:
- to a bank account
- to your rates account
- as a donation to SPCA or HUHA.
How to request a refund
Simply fill out and submit the online dog registration fee refund request form or PDF form and provide proof of death if you have a vet certificate.
If your request is approved, the refund will be paid by the end of the month after you apply.
Owning more than 2 dogs in an urban area
If you live in an urban area and you want to keep more than 2 dogs over the age of 3 months, you need to apply and pay for a special licence.
How to apply to own more than 2 dogs
Fill out send us the special dog licence application form (PDF 154KB)