Selwyn District Council is one of the first Councils in New Zealand to introduce One Tag - metal tags designed to last a dog’s lifetime. These tags are replacing the current plastic tags that dog owners have to swap every year they renew their dog’s registration.

The One Tag initiative aims to reduce the amount of plastic waste going to the district’s landfills. Also we want to make it easier for the dog owners to renew their dog registration every year. Eventually we also expect it will make it easier for the Council to administer the registrations.

Visit our dog registration page for more information on registering your dog in Selwyn.

For more information on the One Tag initiative check out the below questions and answers:

What will the One Tag look like?

The tag lightweight and comes in two round-shaped sizes: 25mm and 35mm. The Selwyn tags will be blue and the back of the tag is blank so owners can get it engraved with their dog’s name or their contact details if they wish at their own cost.

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Will the dog registration fees change as a result of One Tag?

Our dog registration fees aren’t changing. Metal tags cost more than plastic tags, so overall it’s cost neutral. Also any postage and administrative savings won’t be immediate.

How will you be able to see if a dog is registered if they always wear the same tag?

When our Animal Control officers are out on patrol to check whether a dog is currently registered, they will be able to access registration records remotely via the National Dogs Database.

How many dogs are there in Selwyn district?

Selwyn district has one of the highest ownerships of dogs in the country. There are over 15,000 registered dogs in Selwyn, with around 70 new dogs coming into the district each week. In comparison, Wellington city has around 14,000 registered dogs.

How can I register my dog?

To register a new dog, you need to fill in a dog registration form and email it to us or bring it to any Council Service Centre. Once we have set you up on our system you will be able to use our online dog service to update your details and pay your dog registration.

If you have already got a registered dog with us you can re-register your dog and make the payment online.

Visit www.selwyn.govt.nz/dogregistration to find out more.

When do I need to register my dog by?

If it’s for a new dog, they need to be registered as soon as they are three months old.

For an already registered dogs, the annual dog re-registrations open in July and fees are due by 31 August at the latest. To get a discounted fee, payments needs to be made by 31 July.

After August the Council may issue an infringement fee of $300 for any unregistered dogs.

How much will it cost to register my dog this year?

Discounted fee (if paid by 31 July 2021)

  • Owner/admin fee................................................................. $10
  • Registration fee per dog...................................................... $35

Full fee (1 August 2021 to 30 June 2022)*

  • Owner/admin fee................................................................. $15
  • Registration fee per dog...................................................... $45

*Pro-rata charge depending on the age of your dog, when in the year you register your new dog or when you have moved into Selwyn.

My dog is registered with another Council and I’m moving to Selwyn; do I have to pay twice this year?  

No, but you will need to bring to us the dog tag from the other Council or another proof of registration and we will give you our One Tag at no extra charge.

If you move outside Selwyn but plan on coming back to Selwyn then the One Tag can be held onto and used again when you return.