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Dog Registration Key Message

Tauranga City has 11,000 registered dogs – that’s one dog for every ten people. As the city and dog numbers grow, dog owners need to become more aware of their dog’s behaviour and how it integrates with society.

The Dog Control Act 1996 and city bylaws set out how dogs should be managed within Tauranga City. The Act is government legislation and largely prescribes how Animal Services must operate when managing dog issues.

Animals can have a positive influence in our lives, and in Tauranga there are opportunities for dog owners to enjoy their animals in the public domain. The main purpose of the Act and city bylaws is to ensure that members of the public can go about their lives without being negatively impacted by dogs.

The law requires dog owners to take a proactive approach when managing their dog, whether it be at home or in public. As a dog owner it is your responsibility to ensure that your dog does not cause distress, nuisance or danger to any person or other animal.

Council can provide information to help you to be more aware of your responsibilities as a dog owner and to understand the different types of dog behaviour.

Council’s Animal Services team responds to nearly 4,000 complaints each year, including:

  • dogs attacking or threatening people, domestic animals, stock, poultry or property 
  • roaming dogs 
  • unregistered dogs 
  • dog nuisance, such as loud and excessive barking or howling 
  • wandering stock obstructing public roads 
  • keeping of goats, pigs and other stock within city boundaries

Concerns about the welfare of any animals in Tauranga should be directed to MAF or the Tauranga SPCA..

To report an issue or complaint about dog or stock control please contact the Council on 07 577 7000.

Information for Dog Owners Brochure (263kb pdf)

Report on the Administration of Council’s Policy and Practices in Relation to the Control of Dogs for the Year 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016 (244kb pdf)

Last Reviewed: 07/09/2016