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

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

You may need a licence to keep more than one dog on your property for longer than 14 days, even if you don't own the dogs. Your property will need to be suitable for keeping multiple dogs.

Two or more dogs

You need a licence to have more than one dog if you live in:

  • central Auckland
  • Franklin (properties zoned as urban or business) 
  • Waitākere, if your property is less than 600 square metres.

Three or more dogs

You need a licence to have more than two dogs if you live in:

  • Hauraki Gulf islands
  • Manukau
  • North Shore
  • Papakura
  • urban Rodney (if you're not sure if your property is urban or rural, contact us
  • Waitākere, if your property is between 600 and 2000 square metres.

If you live in Waitākere and your property is over 2001 square metres, or if you live in areas zoned as "rural Franklin" or "rural Rodney", you can keep as many dogs as you like.

For details of the rules, see the Dog Management Bylaw 2012.

Apply for a licence

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Licence Fee
Licence to keep two or more dogs$44


​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.