Registering your dog for the first time

Find out how to register your dog in Hutt City.


When to register your  dog

You must register your dog if:

  • it is over 3 months old .
  • you're moving to Hutt City with a dog.

How much you need to pay depends on the age and type of your dog, and factors like if your dog has been desexed or whether you have Responsible Dog Owner status.

There's a yearly dog registration fee that you must pay by 31 July.

Pro rata fees are available for new puppies or dogs registered for the first time, or if your dog is neutered or spayed.

Dog registration fees help us provide a safe and healthy community for all residents and dogs.

Council does not profit from dog registration fees - they are only used to provide a service to the city, and cannot be used for any other reason.

The fees pay for:

  • promoting care and control of over 10,000 dogs in Lower Hutt
  • patrolling public areas
  • encouraging responsible dog ownership - we have over 1,600 dog owners with Responsible Dog Owner status in Lower Hutt
  • maintaining national dog database records
  • responding to public enquiries about dogs (in 2019 we received over 3,700 calls about dogs)
  • providing education to schools and other groups free of charge
  • establishing and maintaining dog parks and off-leash exercise areas.

Before you apply to register your dog for the first time, make sure you have this information:

  • Desexing certificate – if your dog has been desexed
  • Microchip number – if your dog has been microchipped
  • Your company name and GST number – if you have a working dog
  • Adoption certificate – if you have adopted a dog from the SPCA or HUHA
  • Customs clearance certificate – if you have imported a dog
  • Certification from an authorised organisation – if you have a disability assist dog

Note: If your dog has been desexed, you'll 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.

Register your dog

Owning more than two 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 online for a special licence.

Special dog licence application form

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 your One Tag with your Dog Number that you can reuse each year.

If you lose your One Tag, you'll have to pay a fee to replace it.

One Tag

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 you tell us that your dog has died.

The registration can be refunded:

  • to a bank account
  • to your rates account
  • as a donation to SPCA or HUHA.

Simply fill out this online form.

Dog registration fee refund request form

You must 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.


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