When to register your new dog
When dogs reach the age of three months they must be registered.
You also need to make a new dog registration 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 determined by the time left in the current registration period.
To find out if you're entitled to a discount, ie if your dog is neutered or spayed or you are entitled to pro rata fees, get in touch with us.
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 an application form (PDF 261 kb) to apply in person or by post or apply online.
If your dog has been de-sexed, you will need a photograph or scanned copy of your dog’s de-sexing certificate (you can upload this with your online application, or bring it to us at our main building, 30 Laings Road, Lower Hutt).
What happens after you have 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 at the time 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, or if your dog is leaving New Zealand, you may be entitled to a refund on your registration costs.
Registration can be refunded
- by cheque
- to bank account
- to your rates account
You will need to fill in a refund request form and provide proof of death, or - if leaving New Zealand - proof of flights booked.
What will it cost?
Look up the fees to register your dog.
Pro rata fees are available for new puppies or dogs registered for the first time. If you need more information please contact Animal Services on 04 570 6666.
Owning more than two dogs in an urban area
If you live in an urban area and you want to keep more than two dogs over the age of three months, you need to apply and pay for a special licence.
Download the special licence application form (PDF 154 kb)
Look up the fees for keeping more than two dogs.