Skip to main content

Te whaina kurī me ngā hapa ā-ture

Dog fines and infringements

When you can get a fine

You can get a fine if you do not:

  • keep your dog under control
  • remove your dog’s faeces from a public place
  • register your dog
  • advise us of a change of dog ownership.

For more information, see Dog owner's obligations.

What we can do

We can issue you an infringement notice and charge an infringement fee if you breach the Dog Control Act 1996 or a bylaw made under that act.

We may decide to issue a warning notice instead of an infringement for a limited number of offences.

For some offences, the court can impose a higher maximum penalty if we decide to prosecute you.

What we can do if you fail to control your dog

If your dog has caused injury, damaged property or endangered people or other animals, we can:

  • imprison you (in serious cases)
  • seize and impound your dog
  • classify your dog as menacing or dangerous
  • classify you as probationary or disqualified.

Other people may also take civil or criminal action against you. They may file a lawsuit against you to recover expenses for vet services or property damage.

Infringement types and fees

For a list of infringement types and fees, see Schedule 1 of the Dog Control Act 1996.

 Related topics



Responsible Dog Owner Licence (RDOL) Dog Owner Licence (RDOL)Find out how to apply for a Responsible Dog Owner Licence and get a discounted registration fee.aspxDogs
Find where and when you can walk your dog where and when you can walk your dogFind out where you can walk your dog and which dog exercise rules apply to your area.aspxAnimals Dogs Dog walking area
Dispute a dog fine a dog fineFind out how to dispute a dog fine.aspxDogs
Pay a dog fine a dog fineFind out how to pay your dog fine.aspxDogs
Get your impounded animal back your impounded animal backFind out how you can get your impounded dog back. aspxDogs
Microchip your dog your dogMicrochip your dog so it can be identified through council records and the National Dog Database.aspxDogs