Dog Renewal Registration

Dog renewal registrations for the Horowhenua District are due on or before 31 July 2024, for the 2024/2025 financial year (1 July 2024 to 30 June 2025).

Once you've received your Application to Renew Registration of Dogs form by post or email, you have until 31 July 2024 to renew your dog registration. Find out how to apply below.

Fee payments made after 31 July will incur a 50% late fee penalty payment.

If you need to make some changes to your registration, please get in touch with us.


Step 1.Have your form ready

Ensure you have your Application to Renew Registration of Dogs form for 1 July 2024 to 30 June 2025. You can complete renewal registrations online for up to six dogs. If you own more than six dogs, please contact us.

Step 2.Check the details

If your renewal doesn't match the form you received and you need to make some changes to your registration, please contact us. If your dog ownership has not changed, continue to step 3.

Step 3.Have your dog tag number(s) ready

Our online form will automatically fill in some of the details for you. You’ll just need to have your dog tag number(s) ready to enter into the form. If you've misplaced your dog tag(s), you can enter the birth date of the person who registered the dog(s). 

Step 4.Renew and pay online

Ensure you have a credit/debit card or internet banking details for POLi so you can pay and finalise your renewal registration online.

Renew online

Step 5.Check your mail for dog tags 

Dog tags will be posted out upon confirmation of your renewal and full payment of fees. Please allow up to 5 (five) days for your dog tags to arrive.

In Person

Step 1.Bring in your renewal form

You can pay by cash or EFTPOS at any Horowhenua District Council office. You'll need your renewal form(s) with you to pay.

Step 2.Visit your nearest Council Office

Pop into your nearest Council office:

  • Levin (Main Office), 126 Oxford Street, Levin, open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and on Wednesdays 9.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).
  • Foxton Service Centre, 92 Main Street, Foxton, open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays).
  • Shannon Service Centre, Plimmer Terrace, Shannon, open 10am to 12 noon and 1pm to 5pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays).

By Mail

Step 1.Pay for your renewal registration

Payment can be made by internet banking, using the following details:

Name Horowhenua District Council 
Bank BNZ
Branch Levin
Account Number 02-0668-0070607-02
Reference Details Code: Dog Reference Number
Particulars: Dog Name
Reference: Owner Name

Step 2.Mail your renewal to Council

Once you've completed your payment you'll need to post your renewal form(s) to us so we know what dog(s) you're paying for and we can match this with your payment.

Renewal forms can be posted to Horowhenua District Council, Private Bag 4002, Levin 5542.

Keep in mind 

  • Payments received by us after 31 July 2024 for the 2024/2025 financial year will incur the 50% late penalty fee.  
  • Dog owners who believe they may have difficulty in paying their dog registration fees are encouraged to contact us and discuss possible options.



  • Dog registration fees aid the welfare of dogs and keeps our community safe from dog nuisance.
  • They help us to investigate dog complaints, such as reports of dog attacks and complaints about dogs barking and stray dogs
  • They help us maintain our dog database and provide dog safety education for children and workgroups.
  • Provide a dog pound and shelter services: impounding, animal care and reuniting dogs with their owners
  • Rehoming dogs through our connection with organisations such as SPCA, HUHA and Ellie’s Canine Rescue
  • Provide dog safety education for dog owners, schools and the public
  • Enforce compliance with dog owner responsibilities, issue infringements and patrol public spaces such as beaches and parks
  • With legal costs for serious dog related offences under the Dog Control Act.

As part of preparing the Draft Long term Plan, the Council carefully considered the level of fees proposed, alongside the Revenue and Financing Policy which guides what portion of our costs will be funded through rates and which portion will be funded through fees and charges and other revenue.

As a part of this process, Council identified that the percentage of fees recovered by the dog owner for the dog control activity needed to increase, to recover more from the dog owner as the primary user. This has been the main driver of the fees increase.

You can register online. Which can be done at any time between 10.00am 1 July 2024 and 5.00pm 31 July 2024 to avoid a 50% penalty fee.

You can register in person at any of the council offices.


You need to provide the renewal form which should have all current details listed (phone, email address dog details etc)

If you have misplaced you renewal form we may be able to provide a copy.

If you don’t have a dog renewal form because it is a new dog you will need to complete a new registration form, which can also be done online and at our Council offices.

Make sure to choose whether you’d like a strip or round tag.

Poppy & Ted showing of the different tags.

Yes, you can get a refund of the unexpired portion of the registration fee.

Where the fee for the registration of a dog is paid and that dog dies, a refund will be made on request as follows:

  • where a dog dies before the commencement of the year, the full fee will be refunded;
  • where the dog dies during the year, one-twelfth of the annual fee for each complete month remaining in the registration year after the date of application for a refund will be refunded. 

Yes, you can set up a payment arrangement however it must be paid in full by the 31 July 2024 to avoid a 50% penalty fee.

To set up a payment arrangement you must come into the Levin office and complete a pre payment application.

When reviewing the fees and charges the officers identified that there were the same amount of time and services provided to a owner was has a puppy and a owner of a older dog.

As such the cost associated with and puppy and a dog are generally the same.