Don’t drag the chain with your dog registration

Last Updated : 04 Jul 2024
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Are you a dog owner?

Want to save money?

Then act now and register your dog before 1 August 2024.

Auckland Council is reminding dog owners to show love for their dog by registering them early and taking advantage of the early-bird fee.

Renew online

You can renew online using your dog reference number. You will receive a reminder email or text from us with your details around mid-June.

New blue dog tags will be sent out by post within 10 working days of payment.

Manage your dog’s info online with myAUCKLAND

Use our online portal on myAUCKLAND to renew your registrations and update yours or your dog(s) information. With myAUCKLAND you can:

  • update your personal details

  • update your dog's details

  • change your dog's ownership

  • view your dog's registration fees and status

  • renew your dog's registration.

For more information see myAUCKLAND.

Why register your dog?

Registering your dog is an important part of being a responsible dog owner. It provides a range of services for dog owners and helps us reunite lost dogs with their owners, should your dog stray or be lost.

Auckland Council’s Animal Management Manager Elly Waitoa says all dogs need to be registered by three months old and re-registered every year.

“Registration is a legal requirement under the Dog Control Act 1996; the information gathered by the council goes into a national register which helps to locate and identify owners in the case of wandering, lost or stolen dogs.

“Our priority is community safety, so being able to identify dogs through their council tag is a big help to the team,” says Elly.

After 1 August owners will be required to pay the standard fee; de-sexing helps lower the dog's annual registration fee.

Give a little back

With this year’s dog registration, for every dog registered, $1 will go towards a targeted de-sexing program to reduce unwanted litters of puppies across Tāmaki Makaurau.

This is to help de-sex dogs in areas where dog attacks are of a higher-risk and where more aggressive incidents take place. It will help protect our communities and our four-legged friends.

Dog registration fees help us provide vital animal management services:

  • respond to reports of dog attacks and complaints about barking and stray animals

  • provide shelter services: impoundment, care for strays and reuniting dogs with their owners

  • rehome dogs through our adoption programmes

  • provide dog safety education for dog owners, schools, and the public

  • enforce compliance, issue infringements and patrol beaches and parks

  • prosecute serious dog-related offences (under the Dog Control Act)

  • 24-hour a day response to dog incidents and attacks.


Dog owners must also microchip their dogs within two months of registration. Ultimately, all of Auckland’s 130,000 dogs should be microchipped.

“While you must register your dog every year, you need only to microchip your dog once,” says Elly.

“It’s a simple, lifelong way to identify dogs and link them to their owner, and results in the speedier return of lost, stolen, or injured pooches.”

For only $37, Aucklanders can have their dogs microchipped at one of Auckland Council’s animal shelters; details are then entered into the National Dog Database.

Dog registration fees 2024/25


Early payment discount

(paid before 1 August)

Standard fee
(pay on or after 1 August)

Standard dog



De-sexed dog



Responsible Dog Owner Licence (RDOL) holder with standard dog



Responsible Dog Owner Licence (RDOL) with de-sexed dog



SuperGold Community Services combo card holder



Working dog (e.g. stock guiding)



Special category dog (e.g. guide dog, police dog)



Tag replacement



Multiple Dog Licence



Classified dangerous dog

150% of applicable fee

150% of applicable fee


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