Selected owner status

Selected owner status is a way of acknowledging and rewarding responsible dog owners. If you qualify as a selected owner, you pay a significantly reduced registration fee  (refer to our Fees and Charges

You must be a registered dog owner in the Waitaki District for 12 months before you can apply for the selected owner status. The selected owner status will not affect the fees paid until the following 1 July. If you have not had a dog recorded for the full 12 months by the cut off period, ie 30 of April of any year, please put in a form as we will still consider your application. You will be notified in writing.

However, where an owner has not been a recorded owner in the Waitaki District Council area for the 12 month period but can provide verification that they have held a similar status with similar conditions in another local authority area, then they may be considered to have satisfied this condition.

Once this condition is satisfied, owners must agree that they and their dog have complied with a number of selected owner practices, and will continue to do so. This agreement will then be checked against the Council's records to ensure that all conditions have been complied with. Once granted the status remains with the owner unless any status conditions are contravened, in which case the status may be removed. The status does not need to be re-applied for each year.

Application forms are available from Waitaki District Council offices at 20 Thames Street Oamaru and 54 Tiverton Street Palmerston.

Completed the Selected Dog Own Application Form to apply for Selected owner status.