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Dispute a dog fine

Write a letter of dispute

You can write to us about an infringement notice to:

  • dispute what happened
  • ask for an extension of time to pay
  • ask for a hearing about the alleged offence.

You need to make sure your dispute letter includes:

  • your name and address
  • the infringement number
  • daytime contact number
  • the reason why you think the infringement should be waived
  • what outcome you would like
  • supporting documents (such as a vet's microchipping certificate or travel documents).

Sign all documents you send to us.

If someone else writes for you, send us a written authorisation for that person to write on your behalf.

Where to send your dispute letter


​Attach your dispute letter to an email and send it to:


Send your letter to:

Animal Administration

  Auckland Council

  Private Bag 92300

  Auckland 1142

​Ask for a dispute hearing

If you want to go to a hearing you can:

  • deny the offence and ask for a defended hearing - the district court will consider your objection
  • admit the offence and ask for the fine to be reduced - the court will decide whether to reduce the fine based on documents you and we provide.

You will need to pay $30 to the court to cover costs of the hearing.

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