Responsible dog owners

We're big fans of responsible dog owners, who pay lower registration fees for their kuri.

Applying to become a responsible dog owner

You can apply for responsible dog owner status to enjoy lower dog fees - saving $32 for a neutered dog and $34 for a non-neutered dog.  It's free and easy!

To qualify as a responsible dog owner, you confirm the following conditions.

  • You are making an application by 31 May (applications received after this date will be processed for the next registration year).
  • You will register your dog (s) by 1 July each year.
  • You will keep your dog(s) on a suitable, safe and fenced section on your property.
  • You comply in full with the Porirua City Council Dog Control Bylaw and the Dog Control Act 1966.
  • You have your dog(s) microchipped in accordance with the Dog Control Act.
  • You have no justifiable complaint about your dog(s) for the previous 12 months.
  • You will have the property where your dog(s) are kept, available for inspection during normal working hours.
  • You understand that any change of address requires a new application and inspection of your property if you wish to retain Responsible Dog Owner status.
  • I understand that if my Responsible Dog Owner status is revoked, there will be a 24 month stand-down period before I will be eligible to reapply.
  • I also understand that if on inspection my property is found not suitable, safe or adequately fenced the application will be declined and I will have to pay a fee for reapplication/inspection.

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).

How to apply

Apply for responsible dog owner status by 31 May.

Apply online below, or come in to our relocated Customer Services Centre on the Ground Floor of the BNZ Building, 14 Hartham Place, Porirua, from December 7 onwards, and fill in the required form.

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.

Apply online

If you have more than one dog, please list all tag numbers
I hereby confirm I have read and understand the responsible dog owner conditions. If my status is revoked, an application fee will be charged if I reapply.