Animal Services Privacy Statement

We collect, use, and disclose the personal information you provide which includes your full name, your date of birth, the address where your dog(s) is kept, your residential address, your postal address if different from your residence, your contact number, and your email address to:

  • enable you to register your dog with HCC
  • communicate with you about your dog registration
  • keep you informed of situations that may impact your dog, such as environmental hazards
  • seek feedback on proposed changes that may impact you as an owner
  • enable HCC to maintain records and carry out statutory functions.

The collection of this information is required by the Dog Control Act 1996 (the Act) Section 34.

The supply of this information is mandatory, except for your email address. If you fail to provide any of the information the Council may be unable to process your application and it could lead to an infringement notice being issued.

Disclosure of the information you provide may be authorised by the the Act.

View the Dog Control Act 1996.

Under sections 35 and 35A of the Act, the name and address of the owner of any specified dog can be requested by any person which may include agencies such as the New Zealand Police, Dept of Conservation, other Territorial Authorities, SPCA, veterinarians, Biosecurity Inspectors, Kainga Ora.

Such a request must be a written application and must be for one of the specified purposes, such as being in relation to a charge concerning an offence or alleged offence against the Animal Welfare Act 1999, claiming compensation for damage to property, or returning a dog to its owner where it is not practicable to impound the dog in our shelter.

View the Animal Welfare Act.

The information you provide may also be shared with the following third-party organisations:

  • National Dog Database, as required by the the Act. This was established by the Department of Internal Affairs to compile and maintain a national dog control information database.
  • Dataprint, who is contracted by the Hutt City Council to provide mail services and a cloud-based document portal. You can view the Dataprint Privacy Notice online.
  • Kiteworks, which is a secure file sharing platform that facilitates the sending of information to Dataprint securely. You can view the Kiteworks Privacy policy online.
  • MailChimp, an email platform used to communicate with dog owners during the renewal period, in bulk, with service reminders regarding registration. Your email is added to the mailing list, however, if you wish to opt out of this mailing list you can request to be unsubscribed using the link in the initial email you receive. If you have requested to be unsubscribed from MailChimp email dog registration reminders you will not receive any further communication in this format as your email address will have been removed from the mailing list.  You can view the MailChimp Privacy Statement online.
  • Baycorp, for the purposes of debt collection, should dog registration remain outstanding. You can view the Baycorp Privacy policy online.

You have the right to ask for a copy of any personal information we hold about you, and to ask for it to be corrected if you think it’s wrong.

If you’d like to ask for a copy of your information, or have it corrected, please contact the Animal Services Team in writing at or come in and see us at 21 Meachen St, Seaview, Lower Hutt 5010 with proof of your identity e.g valid drivers licence or passport.

For more information see the Hutt City Council Privacy Policy.