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Dog owners of Porirua

Porirua City is a dog city. We love our kurī, and care about the welfare of all animals, at home and on the farm. Get more information on registering your dog, pay a dog fine, microchipping, owning more than two dogs, desexing and more



Registering your dog

You must renew your dog registration before 1 July each year. There’s a penalty of 50% of the registration fee, which will apply if unpaid by the end of July.

We’ll send you a renewal notice in the mail in mid-June to remind you to renew your registration. If you’ve moved, please let us know so that your notice goes to the correct address.

Click here to register your Dog


Microchipping

By law, your dog must be microchipped. Details of the microchip must be supplied to council 2 months after the date of initial first registration. Find out how to Microchip your dog.


Desexing

You can have your dog desexed (neutered) in return for a donation. This service is funded by Mana Community Grants Foundation and provided by CareVets Porirua, find out more


Reduced Registration Fee Category

We're big fans of the Reduced Registration Fee Category (formerly Responsible Dog Owner status), who pay lower registration fees for their kuri.

Responsible Dog Owner has recently had a name change, it's now called Reduced Registration Fee Category.

To qualify, you confirm the following conditions:

  • provide veterinary health records as proof of current vaccination (Canine Parvovirus, Distemper, and Infectious Hepatitis inoculations – all in one vaccination recommended by Veterinary Centres and the New Zealand SPCA)
  • have your dog(s) micro chipped in accordance with the Dog Control Act
  • register your dog(s) on time each year (prior to 1 Aug)
  • comply in full to the Council Dog Control Bylaws and the Dog Control Act 1996
  • ensure that the dog/s is well cared for. This includes feeding, housing, exercise, and a secure section (fencing). You must have free and clear access to the front door without being hindered by a dog(s).
  • for new RRFC applications an owner/s must have resided in the district and owned a dog for the previous 12 months and have no history of dog control issues within the previous 24 months; however:
  • if an owner has current RRFC equivalent in another district, they may apply for RRFC immediately. Granting of the RRFC status is subject to no reported dog control issues within the previous 24 months in the district from which they are moving from.

You must also keep us updated about:

  • Your current contact telephone number/s.
  • Details of any new dogs in your care, and dog deaths.
  • The name and address of the new owner if you rehome your dog(s).

Apply for the Reduced Registration Fee Category status (formerly Responsible Dog Owner status) by 1 May.

Come into our Customer Services Centre at 16 Cobham Court, Porirua, and fill in the required form. You can download the form here.

An animal control officer will make a time during normal working hours to inspect your property. The officer will assess whether the site and dog accommodation are suitable and hygienic.

👉 Download the Reduced Registration Fee Category application form here.


You can apply for a Reduced Registration Fee Category status (formerly Responsible Dog Owner) to enjoy lower dog fees - saving $50 for a neutered dog and $50 for a non-neutered dog.  Please note that there is a $33 application fee and an inspection fee of $65.00 once the application has been approved.


Own more than two dogs?

Whether you are re-homing a rescued dog, or providing a playmate for the four-legged friends you already own, sometimes it might be necessary for you to have more than two dogs on your property.

There's some paperwork and a fee you need to pay to make this a reality. If you’re planning to build new accommodation for your dogs, you may also need to get resource consent and/or a building consent before you start the work.

There is a fee of $33.00 for a three plus permit (formally dispensation licence) for owning more than two dogs and a property inspection fee of $130.00.

You also need to fill in one of our easy to complete application forms.

You can provide us with the form in a variety of ways:

  • You can email enquiries@poriruacity.govt.nz.
  • You can visit our Customer Services Centre at 16 Cobham Court, Porirua.
  • Post it to us at Porirua City Council, PO Box 50218, Porirua 5240

👉 Download the application forms here


A site inspection is needed before we can grant a dispensation licence. Our Animal Control Officer will make a time during normal working hours to inspect your property to assess whether it’s suitable for more than two dogs. The inspection will check the type and suitability of the dog accommodation, the exercise space available and hygiene standards. 

Please note, properties that are zoned rural are exempt from this dispensation requirement.


Your three plus permit (formally dispensation licence) may be cancelled if:

  • your dog/s create a nuisance or hazard to health, property and safety or adversely affect the neighbourhood in some other way, or
  • you don’t comply with the licence conditions.

There is a fee of $33.00 for a three plus permit (formally dispensation licence) for owning more than two dogs. Please note there is also a property inspection fee of $130.00.


Cancel your dog registration

If you no longer have a kurī, get in touch with us to cancel your dog registration. Click below to action

Both the previous owner and the new owner must tell us about any change of ownership of a dog within 14 days. You also need to tell us the dog’s new address.  Phone our Customer Services Centre on (04) 237 5089 or email enquiries@poriruacity.govt.nz.


We know how sad it is when a much-loved dog passes away and the last thing on your mind will be admin. But please remember to let us know so we can update our records. Owners are legally obliged to notify councils of any change in circumstances, and we’d hate you to receive an automatically generated fine for non-registration at a time when you’re grieving.

The same applies if you sell a dog or your address has changed.

If your dog has died or been put down, you must show us a death certificate from a vet and let us know as soon as you can.  Phone our Customer Services Centre on (04) 237 5089.


If your dog has been destroyed under a court order, you must show us a certificate from a vet, Animal Control Officer or Ranger to confirm that the dog has been destroyed.


You may be eligible to have part of your registration fee refunded when your dog dies or is put down. You can apply for the refund before the start of the 1 July registration period. 

To claim your refund you will need to provide us with two documents: 

There are a number of ways you can get those documents to us:

  • Email it to enquiries@pcc.govt.nz
  • Drop it into us at our relocated Customer Services Centre at 16 Cobham Court, Porirua
  • Post it to Porirua City Council, PO Box 50218, Porirua 5240.


How to pay a dog fine

If you get a dog fine, you have 28 days to pay the fine. Part payments aren't accepted. To pay a fine you can:

Pay in person at our Customer Services Centre on the Ground Floor of the Contact Centre, 16 Cobham Court, Porirua, by cash or Eftpos.


Westpac Porirua Branch - 03 0547 0240008 001 (or suffix 01)

Payer Particulars: FINES Payer

Code: Your infringement number (D005051)

Person who fine was issued to: Name


If you would like us to review your dog fine, you can complete the Dog Infringement Explanation Form on or before the last day for payment, which is 56 days from the date the fine was issued, and either:

For privacy reasons, a fine can only be queried by the registered dog owner. If your explanation is accepted, the fine will be waived. If it's declined, you will be advised in writing and will be required to pay the fine.

👉 Download the Dog Infringement Explanation Form (50.7KB Word)


If you don't pay on time, you'll receive a reminder notice. If no payment is received after a further 28 days, the overdue fine will be lodged with the Ministry of Justice for follow up action.


Walking your dog

There are lots of dog friendly places in Porirua

Dogs are welcome in most of Porirua's walkways and parks provided they are on a leash - just remember that summer restrictions apply. Find out more


Barking dogs

If a dog is barking and causing a nuisance, you can report it to us 24 hours a day by phoning (04) 237 5089. We'll log your call and investigate promptly. Find out more about why dogs bark.


Dog attacks or harassment

Council considers all reports of dog attacks seriously and when this involves a person we will respond as soon as possible. Click here to find out how to report an attack or harassment.


Impounded or lost dogs

If your dog is picked up by Animal Control and it’s microchipped, we will contact you. If it’s impounded, you’ll need to pay any impounding, microchipping and registration fees before it can be released. Find out more about fees and pound opening hours.


Putting down a dog

We offer a service to put down (euthanise) a dog if it’s old, sick or aggressive. Contact us on phone (04) 237 5089 to arrange an appointment to discuss this.

There’s a fee of $65.00 for this service.