Dog Control

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If your contact or dog details have changed, please let us know before we send out registration forms in June. This will save time with registration renewals.

Update your details  online or you can let us know by emailing or call into your local Council Service Center or Library.

We need to know if you have changed any of the following:

Remember - if your dogs are lost, we can help return them home if they are wearing a current registration tag and are micro-chipped , but we need your contact details in the database to be up to date.

For all inquiries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, please ring the Council office on (03) 314 8816.  All after hours calls will be answered and referred to the on duty dog control officer.

Please see our interactive map for dog friendly areas in the Hurunui District. 

Dog Registration

Dog Control Policy and Bylaw

The Council has adopted a Dog Control Policy and Bylaw. This includes areas where you can exercise your dog off-leash, take your dog on-leash or where you are unable to take your dog.

These documents are available here.

The Dog Control Act 1996 requires the Council to be responsible for:

The Dog Control Amendment Act 2003

Requires owners - to ensure, either the dog is under direct control of a person, or confined within the land or premises in such a manner that it cannot freely leave the land or premises and must use or carry a leash at all times while he or she is with the dog in a public place.

Menacing Dogs - A new category of Menacing Dogs has been created.  If it is considered that a dog poses a threat to any person, stock, poultry, domestic animal or protected wildlife because of any observed or reported behaviour of the dog, or any characteristics typically associated with the dog’s breed or type, the Council may declare the dog Menacing.  The owner may object to the classification in writing.  Menacing dogs must be microchipped and may be required by the Council to be neutered.  Menacing dogs must be muzzled when in public except when confined completely within a vehicle or cage.

The Amendment Act makes it unlawful to import any of the following breeds/types of dog – American Pit Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Brazilian Fila, Japanese Tosa.  Any dogs of the above breed/type currently in the district must be declared Menacing.

Dangerous Dogs

The Council has authority to classify dogs as Dangerous dogs for aggressive behaviour.  The owner may object to the classification, in writing.
A dangerous dog must be:


The microchip legislation which came into effect on the 1 July 2006 relates to puppies or dogs registered for the first time, menacing or dangerous dogs and impounded dogs.

Working Dogs - Section 36A of the Dog Control Act has been amended to allow dogs who are registered for the first time as a working dog, kept solely or principally for the purposes of herding or driving stock, to be exempt from the microchip provisions of the Dog Control Act 1996 and its amendments.  

All other dogs – First registrations, menacing, dangerous, impounded.
All other dogs registered for the first time on or after 1 July 2006 and all dogs classified as dangerous or menacing since 1 December 2003 will be required to be microchipped.  Dogs released from pounds after 1 July 2006 will also be required to be microchipped if they are unregistered or impounded for the second time by the Council.

Registration Tag

Disclosure of Registration information

Remission Policy for Owners of More than 5 dogs.

The policy set by Council sought to ensure that Council collected its dog registration fees in a way that is fair and equitable, taking into account the service that is provided to all dog owners.

Requirements of the Policy

All dog owners will be required to pay one dog registration fee for each dog they own and register in the Hurunui District.
Owners of five or more dogs may be granted a remission so that those dog owners will pay no more than the total cost of registering five dogs.


To be eligible for a remission under this Policy, dog owners must

Note : Council may choose to revoke the remission to any person whether or nor they comply or partly comply with the requirements of this Policy.


Under the provisions of the Dog Control Act dog owners may be issued with an infringement notice if they or their dogs are found committing certain specific offences.

Infringements notices carry a fixed mandatory penalty e.g. keeping an unregistered dog $300, failure to advise change of ownership $100, failure to advise change of address $100, failure to keep dog under proper control $200.

Impounding of Dogs

For information on impounded dogs contact local Council office on (03) 314 8816.