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Dog Registration: it's renewal time, and you can do it online

If you have a dog, it's time to renew its registration for 2018/19. If you have an unregistered dog living with you in the Thames-Coromandel district which is older than three months, then you must register it.


This year, TCDC is sending out renewal forms to all registered dog owners in the district early - they should arrive in the post in the next day or so.

Payment is due by 31 July. From 1 August a 50% late payment fine applies.

If you are registering your dog for the first time on the Coromandel, get in touch with TCDC so they can talk you through the details and provide you with information about the TCDC dog exercise areas, the restrictions on beaches at certain times of the year and other useful tips. For more information, call TCDC on 07 868 0200 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To renew your dog's registration online, go to the online payments portal on the TCDC website www.tcdc.govt.nz/renewdog and click on the "Renew my dog registration now" button. You can pay by credit card or by bank account to bank account transaction, which doesn't incur a bank surcharge. If you use the TCDC online pay system a receipt is produced on the spot and you don't need to take your renewal form to them, as you have already made a digital declaration of dog ownership. Your dog's tag will be mailed to you.

If you do an online bank payment from your account to TCDC's account without using the website's online pay portal, you will still need to provide TCDC with your completed Dog Registration Renewal form, which declares that you own a dog/s.

To renew online, you will need to have your dog reference number as shown on your renewal letter. If any details on this letter are incorrect, please update the details using the Dog Maintenance Form before making a payment. Or, you can pay at one of the TCDC offices: bring your completed and signed renewal form with you for over-the-counter payments.

You can also post a cheque with your completed and signed renewal form to:

TCDC Dog Registration
Private Bag 1001
Thames 3540

Please note online payment rebates for fourth and subsequent working dogs are not available using the online payment facility. To obtain a rebate for fourth and subsequent dogs, a statutory declaration must be completed and attached to your renewal registration papers to be sent back or brought in over the counter at one of our offices.

For more information on dog registration and fees see www.tcdc.govt.nz/dogregistration.

The Coromandel is a magical place and to make it a place for everyone to enjoy, TCDC has a few simple rules for dogs, handlers, owners, visitors and residents when sharing beaches and reserves.

Being a responsible dog owner:

• Make sure your dog is registered and wears a registration tag at all times. If you are from another district an ID with your name, address and mobile phone number will help if your dog gets lost or picked up by a Dog Control Officer.

• Don’t take your dog to areas where dogs are banned. In general between 20 December and 31 January and public holiday weekends most beaches have restricted times dogs are allowed on the beach, if at all.

• Dogs are not allowed in cemeteries, sports fields and within childrens’ public play areas.

• Dogs are prohibited from protected bird habitats. Keep an eye out for signs, it will usually be from Labour weekend to 1 March, which is during NZ dotterel breeding season.

• Please read this webpage from the Department of Conservation regarding dog access to conservation land.

• Make sure your accommodation has somewhere to keep your pet safe, secure and under control.

• Don’t let your dog wander or cause a nuisance by fouling or barking.

• Unless in a designated dog exercise area, you must have your dog on a leash in a public place. Remove your dog's droppings. Take a plastic bag wherever you go.

• Make sure your dog has access to shade and fresh drinking water during the day.

• Please never leave a dog in your car in the heat.

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