Owning a dog in Stratford District

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Stratford District Council encourages responsible dog ownership. That means not only taking care of your dog, but also keeping others safe around your dog. Responsible dog owners register their dogs, have them microchipped and keep them under control in public places.

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Dog registration

All dogs must be registered from 3 months of age or as soon as they come into your possession. 
Registration applications are sent out in June each year, or can be picked up from Council Offices. Dog owners must register their dogs by June 30 of each year, before their current registration has expired. Registrations which are late by more than a month will incur a 25% penalty fee. 
If your dog has passed away, you may be eligible for a part-refund of registration. Refunds are only applicable from the month of application.
If your dog is re-homed, or you change address, you must let us know within 14 days.
We understand that registration payments can be costly. For your peace-of-mind council provides manageable payment options. Weekly/ fortnightly/ monthly payments of a custom amount can be organised. These payments will need to be set up and paid in full prior to the 30 June each year. For more information on this service, contact Council (06) 765 6099
If your dog registration is not paid, an infringement notice may be served, or the dog may be seized by an Animal Control Officer.

Dog registration renewals can now be paid online!

To renew a dog's registration online, go to the Pay Online portal and click on the "Dog renewal" button and follow the steps. You’ll need to have your renewal letter handy to provide your dog reference number.

At the moment this new payment option is for dog renewals only and doesn’t apply to new dog registrations, so if you are registering a new dog please come into Council’s Service Centre on Miranda Street, Stratford. 

If you do use the online pay system a receipt is produced on the spot and you don't need to bring your renewal form to Council, as you have already made a digital declaration of dog ownership. Your dog's tag will be mailed to you within 10 working days of receipt of payment. Dog owners paying by internet banking are still required to return their signed declaration form to council before a registration tag is issued.

We want to make the online payment process as easy for our dog owners as possible, and encourage users to provide feedback on how we might be able to improve the process going forward.
If you use the online dog renewal payment and have some feedback for Council please contact the team on (06) 765 6099 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Change of Dog Owner address? Please let us know by filling out the online form.

Dog ownership in the Stratford District

Stratford District Council has four categories of dog ownership. We encourage responsible dog ownership, and place more appropriate costs on irresponsible dog owners.
The majority of dog owners will be automatically placed into the 'Good Dog Owner' category.
If extra steps, such as having the dog neutered and suitable fencing, are in place, you will be able to claim the 'Select Dog Owner' classification. This category rewards the dog owner with a 50% reduction on the current lowest fee.
Download a form  to apply for Select Dog Ownership.

Application for Select Dog Owner Status Form

Lost and Found Dogs

Stratford District Council has one pound. Visits to the pound can be done by appointment only. To report a lost dog, or a dog you have found, please call Council (06) 765 6099.

Impounded Dogs

Animal Control Officers can impound dogs that are found wandering or are a danger to people and stock. Once dogs are picked up, they are kept at the Stratford District Pound.
If a dog is registered in our system, our Animal Control Officer will try to contact the owner immediately.
If your dog is registered and microchipped, the impoundment fees are as follows:
Impounding Fee: $150.00 per dog
Sustenance Fee: $10.00 per day impounded

If your dog is not microchipped and not registered in our system, Council will endeavour to find its owners by sharing the dog on the Stratford District Animal Control facebook page.
Fees for unregistered dogs are:
Impounding fee: $300 per dog
Sustenance fee: $10 per day impounded
Registration fee: $115 (Good dog owner, urban)
Microchipping: At cost
Fees will need to be paid in full at Council offices before you are able to collect your dog.

What is Council's rehoming policy?

If a dog is unclaimed and/or the owner of an unregistered dog does not come forward after 7 days, council will assess the dogs rehoming potential.
If the dog has rehoming potential (meaning it does not present a risk to people) Council will advertise the dog on its Animal Control Facebook page.
If you would like to adopt a dog that we have advertised on the Stratford District Animal Control Facebook page, please contact Council (06) 765 6099.
Council takes all steps necessary to provide a healthy and well-behaved dog for adoption. The Council will not be held responsible for the dog’s behaviour, health conditions or any claims following adoption.

Dog Infringements

Dog infringements can now be paid online. Click here for more information.

Being a responsible dog owner

In the Stratford district we are lucky to be able to take our best fur-buddies almost anywhere, whether it's down to the river or for a walk to pick up the groceries. What you might not realise is that you need to have your dog on lead in most areas unless specified, and there are some areas where dogs are not allowed.

This is to make sure everyone can enjoy our public spaces and there's a safe environment for dog and non-dog people. Read our Dog Control bylaw  for information on what you can and cannot do with your furry friends in the district. 

Being a responsible dog owner:

  • Make sure your dog is registered and wears a registration tag at all times. If you are from another district an ID with your name, address and mobile phone number will help if your dog gets lost or picked up by a Dog Control Officer.
  • Don’t let your dog wander or cause a nuisance by fouling or barking.
  • Unless in a designated dog exercise area, you must have your dog on a leash in a public place. Remove your dog's droppings. Take a bag wherever you go.
  • Don’t take your dog to areas where dogs are not allowed.
  • Dogs are prohibited on Broadway between the roundabouts, Prospero Place and within 20 metres of any children’s playground equipment on Council-Controlled land.
  • Dogs are prohibited from protected bird habitats. Keep an eye out for signs.
  • Make sure your accommodation has somewhere to keep your pet safe, secure and under control.
  • Make sure your dog has access to shade and fresh drinking water during the day.
  • Please never leave a dog in your car in the heat.

Further information

You may have up to two dogs over the age of 3 months on an urban property. If you wish to have more, you must apply for an Urban Dog License. Contact Council on (06) 765 6099 for more information.

For all queries, problems or complaints, contact the Compliance Officer (06) 765 6099. After hours complaints are to be directed through the same number, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Useful Links

Bylaws Chapter 10 - Control of Dogs

Dog Control Policy and Practices Report 2019

Fees & Charges