Own more than two dogs

Sometimes Fido needs a friend - apply for a dispensation license to keep two dogs on your property.

There is a fee of $38.50 for a dispensation for owning more than two dogs. 

Visit our Customer Services Centre at 16 Cobham Court, Porirua, to complete an application form. (This form is not available online.) 

You’ll need to provide:

  • the number of extra dogs you’re applying for.
  • the full street address where the dog or dogs will be kept.
  • the full name, street address and contact details of the dog’s owner if that’s not you.
  • full details of the proposed extra dogs, including their name, breed, dog type, age, description, tattoo, chip, other ways of identifying them and any current registration details for them.
  • details about how the dogs will be kenneled and kept secure.
  • your neighbours’ signed written agreement to your proposal.

You must apply for a new dispensation licence or to renew the licence before 1 June each year.

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.

Property inspections are required

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. 

Cancelling a dispensation licence

Your 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.