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Dog fees and charges

Gisborne District Council's fees for dog registration and other charges.

Registration fees  |  Infringement fine  |  Pound fees  |  Microchip fee

Cost to register your dog

Annual registration must be paid in full by 31 August. (extended due to Covid-19) 
A 25% late penalty applies to payments and dogs registered after 31 August.
If you register a dog for the first time during the year, we'll calculate the fee on the annual cost.

Discount for desexing - with proof from a licensed veterinarian, a 10% discount may be applied to registration of all qualifying dog paid by 31 August.  

Dog Registration for 1 July 2020 - 30 June 2021 Fee
Paid by 31.8.20
if paid by 31.8.20
with penalty
Ordinary dog - family pet, including rural $89 $81 $111.25
Working dog - rural livelihood, income from dog breed Huntaway or Heading $48 $44 $60
Selected Owner SOP ** $63 $57 $111.25
Superannuitants, over 65yrs $58 $53  $72.50 
Selected Owner - Superannuitants ** $51 $46  $72.50 
Licensed Owner - must have been SOP owner for 1 year $52 $47  $65 
Probationary Owner - court fined rural and urban $132 $119  $165 
Guide, Hearing and Police dogs 0
Dangerous dog* with a history and is classified dangerous $133.50 $133.50  $166.88 

** Selected owners who do not pay by 31 August revert to standard owner rate plus penalty for late payment.

* A dog may be declared menacing or dangerous if Council believes it's a threat to any person, animal or protected wildlife.

No new applications for Licensed Owners will be accepted.

To be eligible for Selected Owner discount, the dog owner must pay registration fees on time and their dog has no infringement history. For more information on Selected Owner Policy 

New dog registrations after 31 July 2020 will be pro-rated depending on the number of months remaining in the dog registration year, calculated from when the dog turned 3-months of age 

Classifying dog breeds

Council must classify a dog as menacing if there are reasonable grounds to believe it belongs predominantly to one of the 5 restricted breeds:
American Pit Bull Terrier(external link)  |  Dogo Argentino(external link)  |  Brazilian Fila(external link)  |  Perro de Presa Canairo(external link)  |  Japanese Tosa(external link)

It's illegal to import any of these restricted breeds or types.

Menacing dogs must be muzzled when in public and councils may require them to be neutered. 
dogs must be muzzled in public, neutered and kept securely fenced on the owner's property without blocking access to any dwelling. 

Pound fees

If your dog's impounded you need to pay the fee before we can release your dog.

Weekdays between 8am - 4.30pm  Charge 
First impounding $62
Second impounding $72
Subsequent $100
Sustenance per day $20
After hours and weekends  
First impounding $72
Second impounding $82
Subsequent $110
Sustenance per day $20
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Schedule of Animal Control Fees [PDF, 302 KB]

Infringement fine

If you receive a fine and wish to provide an explanation of the offence, you can fill in this form

Statement of Explanation [PDF, 108 KB]
This is a writable PDF, please save it to your computer first before you fill it in and email it to us.  

Microchipping your dog

Our animal control staff can microchip your dog - contact us to make an appointment