Step 1: You

What you need to know

It's important to let us know if your dog's details have changed, this can be done:

1. Change of address

Staying in Hamilton

You are legally required to update your address when your dog moves to a new property. Council must be notified in writing within 14 days of moving.

Moving to another district

When your dog moves to a new district, you must notify both councils in writing within six weeks.

If you are moving out of the Hamilton City District and your dog is currently registered, your registration transfer is free of charge. You are required to register with your new district however, you will need to provide your current Hamilton City tag number and year to receive your new Council tag free of charge. Don’t forget to notify our team of the move.

If your dog is moving overseas and you have paid for a current registration – please email

2. Change of contact details

Has your mobile number changed? This is the most important contact detail have accurate on your registration. This enables our staff to contact you if there is an emergency with your dog. Remember to let our team know if your mobile number or email address has changed.

3. Change of ownership

Ownership updates must be completed in writing by both parties within 14 days. The previous dog owner on the Hamilton record will be contacted by phone to confirm the change. If the dog has moved with a new owner out of the Hamilton City District, you may simply email to let us know.

4. Notification of your dog's passing

We understand dogs are family members and we want to make sure we don't accidentally contact you regarding the renewal of their registration if your dog has passed away. Please notify Council within 14 days to complete a declaration. 

You may also request a partial year refund if applicable.

Step 2: You

Update your details

Fill in our online form to let us know your details have changed.

Update dog ownership details 

Or download and complete the appropriate form and return it:

In person

Animal Education and Control

217 Ellis Street
Hamilton 3240

Open seven days, 12.30pm to 4.30pm (excluding public holidays).

Council offices

260 Anglesea Street
Hamilton 3240

Open Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm.

By email

Max file size: 300 MB; Allowed extensions: pdf,doc,docx

Step 3: Council

What happens next

We will process your request and update your details within seven working days from when the request was received.

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Last updated 21 December 2023