The due date for your standard dog registration payment is 31 July. Dog owners who hold Responsible Dog Owner (RDO) status must pay by 30 June to receive the responsible dog owner discount.
Dog owners with responsible dog owner (RDO) status should now be receiving their 2022 registration reminders. All other dog owners should receive their registration reminder after 20 June.
To pay online with a credit/debit card, please wait until you receive your registration reminder as it contains your customer number and payment reference.
When you receive a registration reminder, please check that your details and those of your dogs are correct. If any details are incorrect please update us before making payment:
Updates to the records should be made within 3 days at which time you can return to make payment online.
To pay online, you'll need a credit/debit card, your customer number and your payment reference. These can be found on your registration reminder.
You'll receive your dog tag approximately 15 working days after you make payment.
All credit/debit card payments are processed, managed and completed by a secured and trusted third-party vendor, Windcave. Windcave is compliant with PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards) and subject to the Privacy Act 2020, and evidence of compliance is available on the Windcave website(external link).
Christchurch City Council only receives transaction data that enables your payment to be made and processed. If your payment is not successfully processed due to credit/debit card or other issues, your payment liability to us will remain outstanding. Further information can be found in the Council’s Privacy Statement(external link).
To avoid additional penalties, dog owners should register their dogs prior to 31 July each year.
An infringement notice, which carries a $300 penalty, may be issued where the dog is found to be unregistered after 31 July. This infringement fee does not include the dog's registration fee. Unregistered dogs may also be seized and impounded, and you would then be liable for impound fees as well as the dog registration fee before the dog could be released.
Dog control activities in Christchurch are funded totally from dog registration and other dog licence fees.
The services include the investigation, monitoring and resolution of dog nuisance complaints and assisting communities to be safe from dog-related risks or nuisance e.g. dangerous, aggressive, wandering and barking dogs.
For free microchipping, dogs must reside in Christchurch and be registered with the Christchurch City Council. This free service takes place on Wednesdays from 11am to 12noon at the dog shelter, 10 Metro Place, Bromley – not including public holidays.
These programmes include:
Dog shelter facilities for the care, welfare and return of lost dogs.
In conjunction with the Council Parks department, development of new parks and the review of the existing dog parks and exercise areas, throughout the city.
Patrols and enforcement of dog law (Dog Control Act 1996) and current Council Dog Control bylaw for dogs in public places, and to assist with the safety of people and animals around leashed, prohibited, beach and wildlife areas.