Council's role in animal control is to register dogs, care for and impound roaming animals, deal with complaints from the public that relate to animals including dogs, promote community education on dog care and safety, and ensure that all new dogs are microchipped.
Animal Control Requests for Service
Dog Registration Information
* At the Ordinary Council meeting on 23 April 2019, Council resolved that hunting dogs that are kept solely or principally for the purposes of hunting game by a person undertaking legal hunting activities, and that have completed avian awareness and aversion training, be declared to be working dogs for the purposes of the Dog Control Act 1996.
Replacement registration tags can be purchased for $5. You must state the reason on the registration form e.g. lost.
For a full list of the fees associated with animal management and dog registration, please see our
Fees and Charges schedule (PDF, 551KB).
How to register your dog
If you need to register a new dog, you can download and complete a Dog Registration Application (PDF, 21KB) or complete a form in person at Council's office at 108 St John Street, Opotiki.
How to pay your registration renewal
The easiest and quickest way to pay for your dog registration renewal is ONLINE through our online services portal. We'll post the dog tag/s out to you.
Or dog registration renewal can be paid in person at Council's office at 108 St John Street, Opotiki, by post to PO Box 44, Opotiki (do not send cash by mail), or through internet banking. Our bank account details can be found on our Contact Us page. Please include your contact ID from your renewal notice and quote one of your dog IDs in the reference field. Your dog's new tag/s will be sent to the registered address we have for you on file.
All dogs in the Opotiki District need to be microchipped. This is a small computer chip inserted under the skin which is used to identify your dog if it gets lost or stolen.
The only exemptions are working dogs that are kept solely for herding or stock driving.
Benefits of microchipping:
- Identification if your dog is lost or ends up at the pound
- Permanent method of identification
- Increases the chances of stolen dogs being returned.
Our Animal Control Officers can microchip your dog for you. Call our Customer Service desk on (07) 315 3030 and ask to speak with an Animal Control Officer.
The cost for microchipping can be found in our Fees and Charges schedule (PDF, 551KB).
Dog Control Policy and Practices Report
The Dog Control Amendment Act 2003 requires council to make an annual report available on how it has performed against its Dog Control Policy and Practices.
Click here to view a copy of the ODC Dog Control Policies and Practices Report (PDF, 80KB.