Renew your dog registration
If your dog is impounded and found to be not currently registered, you will be charged to get your dog out of the pound.
If your dog has not been registered by 1 August each year, you could be fined $300 and the dog can be impounded. In some circumstances you can also be prosecuted.
The cost to register and re-register your dog can be found in our fees section
Selected Owner (reduced fee)
Being a Selected Owner offers a reduced annual registration fee to owners who have a securely fenced area and can demonstrate that they provide their dog with shelter, food, water, exercise and any other care it needs.
To become a Selected Owner, you must apply using the Selected Owner application form (PDF 202 KB) before 31 March and pay a fee. A guide is provided below to assist applicants in understanding the types of questions they will be asked by the Animal Control Officers at the time of inspection.
One of the council’s Animal Control Officers will inspect your dog and property and will interview you to assess your understanding of the Dog Control laws. If you qualify, your discounts will begin with the dog’s next registration.
Before you apply to become a Selected Owner, your dog must be registered.
Your Selected Owner status can be suspended for two years if you fail to register your dog on time, or complaints about your dog are proven.
Owners of rural/working dogs already get a reduced fee so the Selected Owner Policy does not apply. If you do not re-register before 1 August, a penalty fee will be added for that year.
Frequently asked questions
When applying to be a Selected Owner, you will be asked the following questions. Answers have been provided to assist you in demonstrating knowledge of Hastings District Council Bylaws and Dog Control Act
Q. At what age must a dog be first registered? (Section 36 Dog Control Act 1996)
A. 3 months.
Q. What information must a person in charge of a dog supply to an Animal Control Officer on request (Section 19 Dog Control Act 1996)
A. Name, date of birth and address.
Q. What information regarding a dog must a person supply to an Animal Control Officer on request (Section 19A Dog Control Act 1996)
A. Name, gender, and a description of the dog.
Q. When can a dog be walked off a leash in a public place? (Bylaws)
A. In a designated off-lead exercise area and in a rural area as prescribed in the HDC district plan.
Q. What are the requirements on barking dogs (Section 55 Dog Control Act 1996)
A. Dogs are not allowed to bark in a loud and persistent manner.
Q. When must a person in charge of a dog carry a leash? (Section 54A Dog Control Act 1996)
A. At all times when not being walked on a leash.
Q. What are dog owner responsibilities when their dog is ‘in season’ (on heat)? (Bylaws)
A. Keep every dog ‘in season’ (on heat) on the premises confined within a dog-proof enclosure for the duration of the cycle.
Q. What areas are prohibited for dogs in the Hastings District? (Bylaws)
A. Hastings District Council Libraries, Swimming Pools, Children's playing areas and areas set aside for organised games or sports.
Q. What must be done by the owner when the ownership dog is changed? (Section 48 Dog Control Act 1996)
A. Within 14 days give written notice to the Hastings District Council giving details of the residential address of the new owner and the address at which the dog will be kept.
Q. Is a dog ‘in season’ (on heat) allowed in an off-lead area? (Bylaws)
- Selected Owner Policy questions and answers guide (PDF 188 KB)
More than two dogs
To keep more than two dogs on any urban property in the Hastings District, you must apply for a permit from the Council and pay a fee
The conditions applying to three or more dogs on an urban property are outlined in the application form below.
- Permit to keep more than two dogs application form (PDF 112 KB)
Part of the annual registration fee will be refunded if a dog dies. The amount will depend on how many months are left in the registration year once the council has received written notification of the dog’s death.
A dog’s registration applies nationwide, so the Council will not refund registration fees when a dog has been lost, stolen, or changed owner or district.
- Dog registration refund application form (PDF 112 KB)