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MicrochippingEvery dog registered for the first time after July 2006 must be microchipped. If Council finds your dog and you have recorded your microchip with Council, in most instances we can immediately notify you that we have your dog.

A collar or tag can sometimes be lost but a microchip is always there.

Microchipping allows your dog to have a unique and permanent identification number. The number is stored on the National Dog Database (NDD), along with information gathered by the Council relating to your dog. This information can only be accessed by Council staff.

Once your dog has been microchipped it does not cost you anything to register it on the NDD. Simply advise Council of your dog’s registration details and the microchip number. Council will do the rest.

The microchip is very small (about the size of a grain of rice) and is implanted under the skin in the scruff of the neck of the dog. It functions similarly to a barcode, which means it responds to a scanner and displays a 15-digit unique number.

Which dogs are required by law to be microchipped?

  • All dogs registered for the very first time, except working farm dogs.
  • Dogs classified as dangerous or menacing on or after 1 December 2003.
  • Dogs that get impounded and are unregistered.
  • Dogs that are registered but get impounded more than once.

Which dogs are exempt from microchipping?

Dogs registered as a working dog which are used solely or principally for herding or driving stock are exempt from microchipping. No other working dog category is exempt.

If it is discovered that the dog is not used solely or principally for herding or driving stock the owner may be subject to legal proceedings for falsifying their registration application

Do I need to advise anyone that my dog is microchipped?

Yes, advise the Council and provide a copy of the microchip certificate or one of the barcodes that the implanter has given to you.

If my dog is not required by law to be microchipped, can I still do it?

Yes, there are many dogs already microchipped by caring owners. Many exotic or expensive animals are microchipped all over the world. Talk to your local veterinarian.

What are the benefits of microchipping?

Microchips can be scanned anywhere in New Zealand, so if your dog is lost, stolen or has escaped and strayed, a microchip can help to identify it. Every dog which is the subject of a complaint and every dog impounded will be scanned.

Once my dog is microchipped, will I have to register it?

Yes, microchipping does not replace dog registration. You still have to register your dog every year.

Does Tauranga City Council offer the microchipping service?


Does Tauranga City Council microchip impounded dogs? If yes, what is the cost?

We microchip dogs that have been impounded for the second time, or dogs that have been impounded and are not registered. The cost for this is $15 (plus the impounding fees).

Does this mean people can bring their dogs into council to be checked?

Dog owners can bring their dogs to the Dog Pound on Hewletts Road to be checked between 3:15 - 4:30pm on weekdays, not into Council's Office.

Department of Internal Affairs have a leaflet available called "Dog Microchipping - the facts"

Department of Internal Affairs - Dog Control

Last Reviewed: 15/06/2016