Jack Russell puppies behind a fence

In the Gore District there are just over 3326 registered dogs.

Guidelines to owning a dog

Register online

Dogs in the Pound

All dogs must be registered from the age of three months, and they must also be microchipped within two months of being registered if they were born after 1 July 2006.

The Council is responsible for ensuring dogs are registered and can issue infringement notices to owners who fail to do so. Our animal control contractor follows up on any complaints about excessive barking, aggressive behaviour or dogs wandering.                                        

The Council has a two dog limit per property unless                        

  • The owner has a permit to keep three or more dogs, or
  • The dogs are under three months of age, or
  • The property where the dogs live is zoned rural

If you have any queries please phone us on 0800 467 332 or 03 209 0330, and ask for the dog control officer. They are happy to call and discuss any query or problem.

Gore District Council 29 Bowler Avenue Gore P: 03 209 0330 F: 03 209 0357 E: