Dog registration invoices for the 2022-2023 year have now been emailed and posted out to all dog owners in the Rotorua district.
Once residents receive their invoice, to avoid queues and save time, they’re encouraged to use Rotorua Lakes Council’s online dog registration services.
People that prefer to pay in person can do so at Council’s Civic Centre, 1061 Haupapa Street, between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Residents can also give Council a call on 07 3484199 and a customer advisor will be able to assist with dog registration.
What does the registration fee cover?
In Rotorua, the majority of animal control services are paid for by dog registration fees, with the remainder covered by rates. These activities include:
- Providing and maintaining facilities (the Rotorua Pound) for the care, welfare and return of lost, stray, impounded or seized dogs
- Investigation, monitoring and resolution of dog issues such as nuisance (barking & roaming), aggressive and dangerous dogs (rushing & attacks)
- Monitoring and enforcement of the dog control act, bylaws and policy
- Ensuring all dog owners register their dogs
- Impounding stray and/or unwanted dogs
- Providing doggie doo bags (collect these free from Council’s Customer Centre counter)
- Friendly and professional advice to dog owners and residents
- Provision of bark collars (for hire)
- Education programme to school children
- Patrolling of public areas, reserves, parks, sports fields
- Education and safety signage in public places
- Stock control on roads
- Rehoming dogs through our adoption programme
- Prosecution of serious dog related offences
- As with any business, there are also standard overheads associated with vehicles, technology, facilities, administration, record keeping (including the updating of the National Dog Database), staff costs, management, and prosecutions.
Want to save on dog registration fees next year?
Rotorua Lakes Council has a special category of dog owner called ‘Selected Dog Owners’ for those approved as responsible owners in urban areas. Selected Owners receive reduced registration fees. Residents can apply to become a Selected Owner from 1 July to 31 March each year and if successful, Selected Dog Ownership status will be applied in the following registration year.
Learn more about Selected Dog Ownership HERE.
Good to know
- Dog owners that house more than two dogs on an urban property must hold a kennel licence. Visit www.rotorualakescouncil.nz/kennellicence for more information.
- Dogs can be microchipped at the Rotorua Pound for $30.
- Join Council’s Facebook group, Rotorua Pound - Homeless Hounds to see dogs that are available for adoption.
- A list of dog exercise areas is available at www.rotorualakescouncil.nz/our-services/animal-con....
Other online services
You can renew and pay for your annual dog registration, apply to register a new dog, update owner/dog records, update contact details, advise Council if your dog has passed away, or request a replacement dog tag at www.rotorualakescouncil.nz/dogs
If you and your dog have moved house, you no longer live in the Rotorua district, or if your dog now has new owners, please let Council know on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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