We carry out animal control functions on the Chatham Islands, including the control of stock on public roads, dogs and other domestic animals.

We are guided by the Dog Control Act 1996(external link), the Impounding Act 1995(external link) and the Chatham Islands Dog Control Bylaw 2022 [PDF, 2.7 MB]. The Council also has a Dog Control Policy [PDF, 742 KB] which provides guidance on how to apply the bylaw.

Dog registration: $69

Early dog registration: $46

Replacement dog tag: $5

Fines under Dog Control Act 1996 – vary from $100 up to $750 depending on offence, as per Schedule 1 of the Dog Control Act 1996(external link)

Impounding fee: $122

You can pay for your dog registration via online banking, telephone banking, post, or in person. Please refer to the Your Rates page for more information on these payment options.

Animal Control

Under the dog Control Act 1996, Council is required to report on its dog control policy and practices. Read the latest report below.