Jack Russell puppies behind a fence


In the Gore District there are about 3400 registered dogs.

Guidelines to owning a dog

Register online

If your dog is impounded

All dogs must be registered from the age of three months, and they must also be microchipped within two months of being registered if they were born after 1 July 2006.

The Council is responsible for ensuring dogs are registered and can issue infringement notices to owners who fail to do so. Our animal management team follow up on any complaints about excessive barking, aggressive behaviour or dogs wandering.                                        

The Council has a two dog limit per property unless                        

  • The owner has a permit to keep three or more dogs, or
  • The dogs are under three months of age, or
  • The property where the dogs live is zoned rural

What does my dog registration fee pay for? 

Your dog registration fees help to fund a range of services that are designed to help dogs, their owners and the wider community such as:

  • Monitoring and enforcing the Dog Control Act 1996 and ensuring compliance with the Council’s Dog Control Bylaw and the Dog Control Policy
  • Responding to and investigating complaints (including dog rushes and attacks on people, domestic pets, stock and wildlife, barking nuisance, roaming, lost and found dogs)
  • Providing and maintaining the Pound facilities
  • Patrolling public areas, reserves, parks, sports fields throughout the Gore District
  • Promoting better care and control of dogs
  • Providing an on-call service 24/7

 As with any business there are also standard overheads associated with vehicles, facilities, administration, record keeping (including the updating of the National Dog Database), staff costs, management etc.

There is a small ratepayer contribution towards the costs of animal management services for stock control on roads and to recognise public good and education.

What if I get an infringement notice? 

There maybe times you will be issued with an infringement notice because of your dog's behaviour. If you feel there is a genuine reason, please tell us. You can either contact our dog control team, phone 209 0330, or use our dog infringement explanation form [PDF, 115 KB].

If you have any queries please phone us on 0800 467 332 or 03 209 0330, and ask for the dog control officer. They are happy to call and discuss any query or problem.

Gore District Council 29 Bowler Avenue Gore P: 03 209 0330 E: