Animal Control


COVID-19 Update

New Zealand is currently at Alert Level 4 in response to Covid-19 and apart from essential services the country is in lock-down to curb the transmission of the virus.

Council is focusing on continuing to provide essential services which the public rely on.

Due to the current situation the pound will be closed but staff/contractors will still be responding to emergencies.

Do not leave puppies at the pound.

For information on the current status of other Council services please view our Covid-19 page​. We appreciate your patience and understanding during these challenging times. ​

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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 assists in public health and safety and ensures the welfare of animals is recognised.  There is a legal requirement for Council to be involved in animal control activities under the Dog Control Act 1996 and the Impounding Act 1955.​

Animal Control Requests for Service

To contact us about an animal control problem call (07) 315 3030 24 hours, 7 days a week.

​​​​​​Dog Registration Information

All dogs in New Zealand over the age of three months must be registered by law. Dog registration is renewed annually on 1 July each year. 

Payments not made by the due date will attract a 50% penalty fee.  If the dog is not registered and it is past the due date, you may be liable for an infringement fee and your dog may be impounded.

If you get a new dog, you need to register it in your name. The cost to register puppies is at a proportion of the annual fees based on when the pup was three months of age. Please let us know if your dog has changed owners, you have changed address or if your dog dies as you may be entitled to a refund.

​Dog Registration Cost​Charges 1 July 2018
​Complete Dog$110.00​
​Neutered Dog​$55.00
​Working Dog*​​$40.00
​Certified companion dogs, hearing dogs and guide dogs​$15.00

* 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​.​

Stock Control

Stock control is carried out under the 1955 Impounding Act and aims to remove roaming stock from roads and reserves to prevent hazards and/or damage to the environment.  Reports about roaming stock may be made to the Council at any time of the day or night by phoning (07) 315 3030.​

Full details of fees and charges related to droving and impound of stock can be found in our Fees and Charges schedule​ (PDF, 551KB)​.​​

Our Pound

Our pound is open Monday to Friday from 9.15am  to 9.30am and 4.00pm to 4.30pm, excluding public holidays. All outstanding fees need to be paid at the Council's offices and a receipt shown to the Animal Control Officer at the pound before they will release your dog.

Page reviewed: 30 Mar 2020 1:11pm