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How to apply for a Responsible Dog Owner Licence (RDOL)

We recognise and reward responsible and caring dog owners by issuing an RDOL to dog owners who satisfy a set of criteria.

Who qualifies for an RDOL?

You have to meet all criteria to get an RDOL:

  • You will need to pass a written test of your dog ownership knowledge.
  • You will have been a registered dog owner in New Zealand for 12 months or more before applying.
  • You have always registered your dog on time.
  • You haven't had any substantiated abatements, seizures or infringements under the Dog Control Act 1996 for the previous 12 months.
  • Your dog has not been the subject of a substantiated complaint or impoundment under the Dog Control Act 1996 for the previous 12 months.
  • You have a licence to keep multiple dogs on your property depending on your area - see Licence to keep two or more dogs on a property.

How to apply for an RDOL

Complete the application form and take a written test of your dog ownership knowledge.

You need to get 16 out of 20 questions correct to pass the test.

 Online

 By post

Complete the RDOL application form.

Print your completed form and post it to:

Animal Administration
Auckland Council
Private Bag 92300
Auckland 1142

 In person

​Complete the RDOL application form.

Print your completed form and bring it to one of our service centres .

​Your privacy

  • The personal information you provide on this form will be used to process your RDOL application.
  • We will hold your information but not disclose it to any third party.
  • You have the right to access and correct any personal information that you provide.

Processing timeframe

It takes 20 working days to process RDOL applications.

Let us know of any change of your details, address or dog ownership, to avoid delays.

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