Good Owner Classification

Temporary Note

New Multi Dog Permit

Under the Control of Dogs Bylaw you are now required to apply for a Multi Dog Permit if you have more than 2 dogs.

  • No occupier/s of any property in an residential area (as per Councils District Plan) shall allow or cause to remain or keep on the property, more than two (2) dogs, over the CONTROL OF DOGS BYLAW | Rangitīkei District Council 7 age of three (3) months (whether or not such dogs are registered) unless the occupier has obtained a multi-dog permit from Council.
  • A multi-dog permit and fee may be issued upon or subject to such terms, conditions or restrictions as Council may consider necessary and any breach of such terms, conditions or restrictions shall result in revocation of the permit.
  • Any person requesting to allow or cause to remain or to keep more than two (2) dogs on any premises as provided in the Bylaw shall apply in writing to Council in such form as may be required by Council for a multi-dog permit. The permit issued is for a three (3) year period.

Any person who is a responsible dog owner, and demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Council’s dog control officer, that they are able to comply with the following requirements, will be entitled to a discounted registration fee. The requirements for ‘Good Owner’ classification are:

  • The dog is provided with adequate accommodation. Kennels are sited on a hard surface and kept clean, and are able to provide the dog with shelter from the elements and be free from dampness. In the event that the dog does not have a kennel, the dog must be kept in a building.
  • When the dog is not under the direct control of the owner it must be kept in a completely fenced off or contained area.
  • At all times the dog is under the proper control.
  • The dog is not fed, nor has access to, any raw offal or untreated sheep or goat meat.
  • The dog is registered.
  • The owner will be in attendance when required for any inspection and shall provide the dog control officer with assistance as requested.
  • The owner will promptly notify Council of any birth, death, sale or transfer of any dog they own.
  • The owner will comply with all requirements of the Act and Council’s bylaw.

Failure to comply with any of the above conditions may result in the dog owner losing their good owner classification for a minimum of two complete registration years, effective immediately except in the case of late registration, in which case the dog owner will lose their good owner classification for a period of one registration year. The loss of a Good Owner classification will result in the dog owner being liable for the payment of the difference between their good owner classification fee and whichever other fee they would otherwise be liable for.

To arrange for a "Good Owner" inspection please contact the Rangitikei District Council 24hrs phoneline 0800 422 522.

Alternatively lodge a Request For Service on our website or call into our Council Office in High Street Marton or Hautapu Street Taihape between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm weekdays.