Carterton District Council is proud to announce a new discount on urban dog registrations for people over 65. This initiative has been launched to recognise the important role that pets play in the lives of many seniors as companions and to encourage responsible dog ownership in our community.

The discount will be available to all residents over the age of 65 who live within the Carterton urban area. Eligible residents will only pay $75 for their urban dog registration fee.

Carterton Mayor Ron Mark said, “We recognise that pets are important companions to many seniors, providing emotional support, companionship, and physical activity. We want to support our older residents to continue to enjoy the benefits of pet ownership, while ensuring that all dogs in our community are registered and properly cared for.”

To take advantage of the discount, residents over 65 will need to provide proof of age and residency within the Carterton urban area when registering their dog.

The discount is part of the Council’s commitment to promoting responsible dog ownership and ensuring that all dogs in the Carterton community are registered and up-to-date with vaccinations. The Council encourages all dog owners to be responsible and considerate of others when walking their dogs in public spaces.


Dog Registration Fees 2023/24

Carterton District Council has set the following dog registration fees inclusive of GST for each and every dog of or over the age of 3 months for the financial period commencing 1 July 2023 and ending 30 June 2024 registered in the Carterton District.



2023/24 Fees including GST
From 1 August, 50% of the fee will be added as a penalty.  For certified seeing-eye or hearing dogs, a fee of 50% of those stated below applies.
Urban – entire dogs $110.00
Urban – spayed/neutered dogs $85.00
Over 65 canine companion $75.00 per dog
Rural – non-neutered and neutered dogs – first two dogs $75.00 per dog
Rural – non-neutered and neutered dogs – all remaining dogs $40.00 per dog
Dog classified as dangerous $165.00
Urban -application for permit to keep more than two dogs $75.00


Impounding Fees

  2023/24 Fees including GST
Dogs, sheep, goats $150.00 per animal
Second time impounding fee (dogs only) $200.00
Third and subsequent impounding fee (dogs only) $250.00
Cattle, deer, horses and all other animals $200.00 per animal
Droving charge – calculated on actual cost including labour and plant hire Actual cost
Sustenance fee – all animals $20.00 per day


How to register your dog

If this is your first time, you will need to visit the Council and complete the simple process there. However, if your dog is already registered and you just need to renew the registration, then do it online. All you will need is:

  • Your credit/debit card
  • Your owner number (use this as the reference code)

You can also pay via Internet Banking. Visit How to Pay for more information.

Once payment is made, your dog/s tag will be posted to you. Please allow up to 2 weeks to receive your tag/s.
Once you receive your dog tag/s in the post, just scan the QR code with your phone to get instructions on how to load your contact details to the unique code. For more information about the QR coded dog tag, visit Tag King.

Have any further questions?

Visit FAQ for answers to other Dog Registration questions.

For more information about the discount, please contact Carterton District Council on (06) 379 4030.