You must have:
- resided in the Christchurch City Council district for at least 12 months and have registered your dogs in Christchurch.
- paid your dog registration fees on or before 31 July for the last two years.
- all dogs microchipped in accordance with the Dog Control Act 1996, including providing the microchip numbers to the Council.
- a licence to keep more than two dogs on their property (if applicable).
- complied with the requirements of the Dog Control Act 1996 and the current Christchurch City Council Dog Control Bylaw, and must not, in the last two years, have:
- had a dog found at large, been uncontrolled, returned or impounded by Council Animal Management staff.
- been issued with a warning notice for any dog-related offence, or an infringement offence notice under the Dog Control Act 1996.
- been prosecuted for any dog-related offence.
The property where the dog resides must:
- be suitably fenced and gated to contain the dog.
- allow dog-free access to a door of the dwelling for authorised callers.
Owners of dogs classified as menacing (by deed) under the Dog Control Act 1996 are not generally eligible to apply for responsible dog owner status. If they cease to be the owner of such a dog, they may then be considered.
Owners of dogs classified as dangerous under the Dog Control Act 1996 are not eligible to apply for responsible dog owner status. If they cease to be the owner of such a dog, they may then be considered.