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Dog licence and registration

All dogs three months of age and older must be registered by 1 July. 

Council understands COVID-19 has added significant additional financial pressure to many and  therefore extended the date where late penalties for dog registration fees apply from 1 August to 1 September this year to help dog owners to pay their registration fee as required by the Dog Control Act 1996.

For more information on changes to dog registration fees from 1 July 2020, visit our dog ownership fees page.

Once registered, the registration is required to be renewed annually by 30 June. Failure to register a dog three months of age and older before 31 August 2020 will incur an infringement fine as well as late registration fee.

Dogs can be registered online or using the form below and returning it to Council. Please note that tags will be sent by post when you register online.

Register your dog online

Application form to register a dog (80KB PDF)

Dog & Bone Newsletter

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Read the 2020 Dog Registration Newsletter "Dog'n'Bone" (622KB PDF)

Updating your dog registration

You need to update your dog's registration:

  • if ownership of the dog changes
  • your address changes
  • in the event of the dog's death

Notification form to update dog registration (143KB PDF)

Once complete, both forms can be returned by post to Nelson City Council, PO Box 645, Nelson or by hand to the Customer Service Centre, Civic House, 110 Trafalgar Street, Nelson.