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.
Look up the fees to register your dog.
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.
We're pleased to be offering Doggone as part of the 2019/2020 dog registration period. Doggone costs $24.35 plus GST for the full registration year, from July 2019 – July 2020. This fee covers the Doggone registration tag, the free app and access to the free text service.
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 de-sexed, you will need a photograph or scanned copy of your dog’s de-sexing certificate. You can upload this to 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 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 a bank account
- to your rates account,
How to request a refund
Fill in a refund request form and either provide proof of death, or if leaving New Zealand - proof of flights booked.
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.
Download the special licence application form (PDF 154 kb)
Look up the fees for keeping more than 2 dogs.