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Get a licence to keep more than two dogs on a property

​Whai raihana mō te tiaki e rua kurī neke atu rānei i te wāhi kotahi

You need a licence to more than two dogs on your property for longer than 30 consecutive days, even if you don't own the dogs.

Keeping more than two dogs

You need a licence to keep more than two dogs, for longer than 30 consecutive days if you live in an urban zone/area, under the Unitary Plan.

If you're not sure if your property is urban, check our property information for the address online or 
contact us.

Your property will need to be suitable for keeping multiple dogs.

For details of the rules, see our Policy on Dogs and the Dog Management Bylaw 2019.

Apply for a licence

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Licence Fee
Licence to keep more than two dogs$45

 Online

​Login to complete an online application form.

You can pay by Visa, MasterCard or Account2Account (bank transfer).

 By post

​Post the completed form and a cheque to:

Animal Administration
Auckland Council
Private Bag 92300
Auckland 1142

 In person

Bring the completed form to any of our service centres.

You can pay by:

  • cash
  • cheque
  • Eftpos
  • credit card (MasterCard or Visa).

​What happens next

One of our animal management officers will visit your property and assess if it meets the conditions.

We will also check for any complaints about dogs barking or howling on your property.

When you need to apply again

Once you have the licence, you need to apply for a new one only if you:

  • move to a different property
  • want more dogs than allowed on the licence.

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