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Registration information

Registering your dog, replacement tags, legal responsibilities, changing your details, wandering dogs, and offences.

Registration information

All dogs within the Mackenzie District must be registered with Council on 1 July every year or when they turn three months of age. Registration is due on 1 July, to be paid by 31 August.

New dog owners are required to fill in the dog registration form.

Fees are discounted for dogs that are neutered or spayed, or if you have ‘Selected Owner Status’ – for which you are eligible to be considered for after the first registration.

Owners wishing to claim a reduced fee for neutered dogs must produce a certificate from a registered veterinarian certifying that the dog has been neutered.

Dog Registration

Register a dog online

Register and amend details for your dog here.

Application for Responsible Dog Owner Status

The Responsible Dog Owner Status is a special dog ownership status that recognizes good, responsible dog owners and entitles them to a reduced annual dog registration fee.

Paper registration form

Paper copies of the dog registration form are available from Council offices at Fairlie and Twizel, and online.

Once filled out, the form is sent to:

Mackenzie District Council,
PO Box 52
Fairlie 7949

Payments can be done online, or in person at Council offices.

Replacement tags

Replacement discs and tags may be obtained from the Mackenzie District Council.

Dogs not wearing a collar with a current registration label or disc attached will, until the contrary is proved, be treated as unregistered.

If any dog over the age of 3 months is found not wearing a collar with a current registration label or disc attached, on land or premises other than its owner's land or premises, or in any public place, the dog may be seized and impounded.

Changes of details

Change of address

If you change your address it is important you notify Council of this. Check with Customer Services if you do not receive your renewal notice by 30 June to avoid non-renewal.

Change of ownership

On change of ownership of any registered dog, both the previous owner and the new owner must, within 14 days, give written notice to the [territorial authority or authorities], of the change of ownership and the residential address of the new owner and the address at which the dog will be kept, along with full contact details.

It is an offence not to comply with this requirement. On conviction, a court may impose a fine of up to $500.

If the owner's address is changed within the district, the owner must, within 14 days, give written notice of the change to the Mackenzie District Council.

Moving Dogs between districts

If any dog is transferred to and kept in the district of another territorial authority, other than the one in which it has been kept, for 1 month or more, the owner must, within 6 weeks of the transfer, give written notice of the transfer to both territorial authorities, setting out the address at which the dog will be kept.

It is an offence not to comply with this requirement. On conviction, a court may impose a fine of up to $500.

Death of a registered dog

If the fee for the registration of a dog is paid and that dog dies, a refund will be made on request as follows:

  • where a dog dies before the commencement of the year, the full fee will be refunded:
  • where the dog dies during the year, 1/12th of the annual fee for each complete month remaining in the registration year after the date of application for a refund will be refunded.

Wandering Dogs

A 'wandering dog' is a stray dog that roams outside its property without a leash and is not controlled by its owner.

Wandering dogs have the following potential consequences, in that they may:

  • Cause a nuisance or anxiety to another person or animal. 
    • Warnings may be issued to owners about dogs roaming uncontrolled and being aggressive to members of the public.
  • Increase the risk of dog attacks and have the potential to put lives in jeopardy.
    • If uncontrolled, they can harm or kill farm stock.
    • The land owner has the right to destroy any dog that has been found attacking stock.
  • Pick up or spread diseases.
  • Increase the likelihood of the dog being killed or injured in a vehicle accident with increased cost to the owner and/or the ratepayer.
  • Increase in administration cost to Council, and in effect the ratepayer, to administer complaints about wandering dogs.
  • Be captured by a dog control officer with significant fines being imposed as a result.


It is an offence to keep a dog older than 3 months which is unregistered. On conviction, a court may impose a fine of up to $3,000.

It is an offence, when applying for the registration of a dog, to make any written statement knowing that statement to be false.