Owning Dogs -Make Sure You Follow the Rules

  • Last Post 01 August 2017
hugo_nz posted this 26 July 2017

Owning a dog in Auckland requires you to register them with the council, much in the same way you register your car. If you do not, and the inspector comes knocking, you could face a fine or have your pet impounded. This is pretty much common knowledge.

What is not common knowledge, however, is that in the Auckland isthmus, Franklin and Waitākere (if your property is less than 600 square metres) you require a permit to own more than one dog. In the Hauraki Gulf islands, Manukau, North Shore, Papakura, urban Rodney and Waitākere (if your property is between 600 and 2000 square metres) you need a licence if you want to keep more than two dogs. In order to get the aforementioned licence you require a Responsible Dog Owner Licence which, in itself, has a slew of requirements you need to meet.

If you do not have the appropriate licence you will be given 14 days in which to correct the problem either by obtaining the appropriate paperwork or reducing your pets to the number allowed in your area.

Auckland Council - Licence for two or more dogs

Auckland Council - Responsible Dog Owner Licence

Going on two years and still enjoying the ride.

Shaun posted this 01 August 2017

Wow, I wasnt aware of those licensing regulations.

Having a dog in NZ is really a massive responsibility. But you also dont see stray dogs roaming the streets here.