How many dogs you can have on your property, and how to go about applying for a licence to have more, if required.

You can have up to two dogs on a property of less than four hectares. Or you can have up to four dogs if your property is larger.

To own more dogs, you need a licence.

A man throwing a stick for two golden retrieversYou can apply for a licence by either contacting Animal Control at the Rolleston headquarters or visiting any one of the Council Service Centres. The application form  [PDF, 617 KB] explains what you need to do to apply for a kennel licence. There is now just one form to fill out, which includes obtaining the views of your bordering neighbours. Please ensure that you read and understand all of the conditions on the application form.

Once we receive the completed application and application fee of $100.00, an Animal Control Officer will contact you to arrange a property visit.

For further information contact us.