Animal and Dog Control

Council provides an Animal and Dog Control Service for the Waitomo District Community and is required to carry out specific statutory responsibilities as set out by the Law. This function involves the promotion of responsible animal ownership, animal welfare, management and control.

Animal Control involves the licencing of dogs, the promotion of responsible animal ownership and the control of wandering stock. The benefit to the District Community comes from the provision of general public advice, education, visits to schools and the prevention of harm to the members of the community through the identification of menacing or dangerous dogs and the associated prosecution of irresponsible dog owners.

Dog Registration 

Waitomo District Council is responsible for all dog registration and animal control services needs across the Waitomo District.

It is important to register your dog every year as part of being a responsible dog owner. Dog registration provides safety and security for dogs, owners and the community.

All dogs are now required to be registered with Waitomo District Council. If you have misplaced or lost your dog registration form please contact us.  Avoid any further costs and register your dog/s without delay. Please remember, all dogs three months of age and over must be registered.

Are you moving?  

If you own a dog and are moving or have moved, please advise us of your new address in writing within 14 days.

Buying or selling a dog?  

If you sell a dog that is 3 months of age or older, it must be registered for the current registration year.  Both you and the new owner must inform us in writing, within 14 days of change of ownership.  Include the address of the new owner and the property address where the dog will normally be kept. 

For all enquiries please contact our Customer Service Centre on (07) 878 0800, freephone 0800 932 4357, fax (07) 878 7771 or email

Dog Exercise and Restricted Areas Dog Exercise and Restricted Areas

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Microchipping Microchipping

Microchipping has proved very successful in tracing owners of lost dogs all around New Zealand.

Stock Stock

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Horses and Public Safety

Waitomo District Council’s aim is to ensure that an acceptable standard of convenience, safety, visual amenity and civic...

Report on Dog Control Policy and Practices

Council's adopted report containing information and statistics on the dog control activity

Menacing dogs can get desexed and microchipped for free Menacing dogs can get desexed and microchipped for free

Waitomo District Council is offering free de-sexing (at a nominated vet clinic), microchipping, and a reduced registratio...

Dog fees and charges for the 2017/18 year Dog fees and charges for the 2017/18 year

The following dog control fees and charges have been adopted by the Waitomo District Council for the 2017/18 year:...