❓ Worried about registering your dog(s) while we’re in lockdown?

We know your doggies are due for registration for the 2021-2022 period and lockdown has put up a barrier for those of you that can’t pay online and need to pop in to see us.

As our offices were closed during Alert Level 4 and 3 we have extended our penalty free payment period.

✔️ Any payments made by the end of day, Tuesday 21 September, will not incur penalties.

🐶 If you haven’t yet registered your puppy and have the facilities to do this online, please visit

Online Payments | Dog Registration | Microchipping | Dog Pound and Fees | No-Go Areas | Dog Desexing | Dogs In Parks | Resources and Information

At the end of February 2018 there were 9,431 registered dogs in the Invercargill District. Enjoy your dog – but be aware of the rights of other people.

Online payments

You can re-register  your dog, register new dogs and pay dog impoundment fees online. Visit this page: Online payments

Dog Registration

The Council determines fees and charges relating to dogs including registration, dog control infringements and pound fees. Penalties for not registering your dog range from a fine, prosecution – or even seizure of the dog.


Dog registration application forms are available from the Council’s Invercargill and Bluff Offices, or you can contact the Customer Services Department to arrange for an application form to be sent to you. A completed application, with the total registration payment, must be taken into the Council by the person applying to be the registered dog owner.

Council staff will process your application and, if successful, the dog owner will be issued with a dog licence and a dog registration tag (with a unique identification number). The tag should be secured on to the dog’s collar as soon as practicable. Once your dog has been registered, the Council will invoice you annually for the renewal of the dog licence, which must be paid by the due date.

Re-register your dog online | Register new dogs | Pay dog impoundment fees

Change of details, ownership or circumstances

It is the dog owner’s responsibility to notify the Council (in writing and including the writer’s signature) of any changes to ownership details, for example  name, contact phone numbers, change of address etc. Up-to-date information helps the Council’s Animal Control Department in reuniting lost or stray dogs with their owners, to notify owners if a dog has been found injured or dead, to remind owners when dog registration is due, etc. To check or update your records email the Council’s Customer Services Department or phone (03) 211 1777 .

ALL dog owners must apply for a dog registration if they have an existing unregistered dog or if they get a new dog. Dog owners must be 16 years or older to legally own a dog. Dogs must also be registered before they reach three months of age and/or if you have had a dog in your possession for more than three days.

Registration fees and categories

Click for fees and charges related to dogs (2021–2022)

1 Discounted fee
About 80% of dogs in the Invercargill district fall into this category and qualify for a reduced registration fee.

2 Standard registration
There are about 1000 dogs in the Invercargill district in this category. A standard fee applies to any owner, who for whatever reason, has failed to meet the requirements for a discounted fee. For example the dog owners might have received an infringement notice in the last two  years; or in the previous year failed to register their dogs within the deadline and the “amnesty period”; or had a dog impounded in the previous two years; or had been successfully prosecuted for a dog-related offence in the past two years. Owners can apply for their standard registration status to be reviewed after two years if there has been no breach of the provisions and policies.

3 Working dogs
A working dog is defined as being kept solely or principally for the purposes of herding or driving stock.

4 Guide dogs and service dogs
It is the Council’s practice not to charge a fee for “seeing eye” dogs, “hearing” dogs and other guide and companion animals. To qualify, such dogs must be certified with the appropriate authority or organisation, for example the Guide Dog Foundation. Service dogs include Customs and Police dogs, search and rescue dogs and any other category of dog that the Council may deem appropriate for this status.

5 Multiple dog fee, multiple licence

Multiple dog fee: Where more than five dogs are owned by any owner, that owner may have their total dog fees capped if the Council is satisfied that all of the Dog Control Act 1996 and Council requirements have been met.

Multiple licence: A special licence is required if a person wishes to keep more than two dogs on a property, regardless of the number of dog owners. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and the Council may impose conditions or restrictions.


Microchipping is a simple procedure in which a microchip about the size of a grain of rice is inserted into the dog’s scruff. Under the Dog Control Act 1996, all dogs registered for the first time on or after July 1, 2006 and all dogs classified on or after December 1, 2003, must be microchipped. A microchip contains a number that belongs only to your dog, enabling secure and reliable life-long identification. If a microchipped dog gets lost and picked up by a dog control officer, or injured and taken to a vet, the microchip can be scanned and Council can then check its number on the national dog database to enable a quick reunion with its owner. The Animal Services team (03) 211 1777 can assist with this, or contact your local vet.

Dog pound and fees

Dog Pound signIf your dog has been impounded, please contact Animal Services on (03) 211 1777  to arrange a time to have your dog released to you. Releasing of dogs is by appointment only. There is a fee involved in releasing your dog (see above for a link to the latest dog-related fees). Note that if your dog is unregistered then, by law, it has to be registered before it can be released to you.

No-go areas

A list of places where dogs are not permitted can be found in the Dog Control Bylaw 2018 Unless otherwise stated, dogs are also not permitted at events organized by the Council.   ‘No dog’ zones do not apply to guide dogs for the blind, hearing ear dogs, police dogs, or dogs being used by security guards.

Dog desexing

Dog-owners who notify the Council’s Animal Services team if their dog has been desexed may qualify for a reduced dog registration fee.

There are two ways to let Council know. Either you can bring us a certificate from your vet to show that the dog has been desexed or you can take a form to your vet and ask them to stamp it for you.

There’s a link below to the Dog Desexing Form  or forms can be picked up at the Help Desk of the Civic Administration Building at 101 Esk Street.

Dog Desexing Form

Dogs in parks and reserves: scooping the poop

When a dog fouls in public the person controlling the dog is responsible for the immediate removal of the faeces. Dog owners are advised to keep a plastic bag handy; free “Scoop the Poop bags” are available from the Queens Park Office during office hours.

Dog-related resources and information

Dog Owner Manual This booklet includes the Responsible Dog Owner application form and information about Responsible Dog Owners Status, dog ownership, registration, dog control, microchipping, menacing and dangerous dogs, restricted breeds, barking dogs, exercise, prohibited areas (no dogs allowed), controlled areas (where dogs must be on a lead), controlled areas (where dogs can be exercised off the lead),  maps, parks where dogs can be exercised off the lead, and how to avoid being the victim of a dog attack.
NOTE: Dogs with a known infectious disease are not allowed in public places. This is a serious offence and is in breach of the Dog Control Act.

Other resources:

Responsible Owner Application Form
Animal Services fees (2021–2022)
Dog Control ICC Policy
Dog Control Bylaw 2018

Dog Control Annual Report 2019-2020
Dog Control Annual Report 2018-2019
Dog Control Annual Report 2017-2018
Dog Control Annual Report 2016-2017
Dog Control Annual Report 2015-2016
Dog Control Annual Report 2014-2015




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