Owning a dog is a big responsibility. This page will provide information on what is required by law and simple tips for keeping your dog healthy.
Owning a dog is a big responsibility and the law sets out things you must do for it. These include:
No more than two dogs over three months of age may be kept on an urban residential property in Hastings. You can apply for a permit to have more than two dogs.
For the forms for registration, keeping more than two dogs, applying for responsible owner accreditation, and dog registration refund (in the case of a dog's death) see the Dog Registration page.
A Dog Control officer can enter a private property if they have good cause to suspect an offence is being committed. The officer can bring other people onto the property for assistance.
A Dog Control officer can remove a dog from a property if:
If the ownership of a dog has changed or you and your dog move house, written notification must be sent to the Hastings District Council within 14 days. The details of the new owner's address and the address where the dog will be kept are required. To update ownership details (or change of address) please complete the online form:
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