Refund and contesting dog tax

Did you wrongly receive a bill for the dog tax or a fine? Then you can request a refund or contest the dog tax.


Do you no longer have a dog? Or have you moved to another municipality? Ask for a reimbursement of the dog tax which you have overpaid. This is called ontheffing (tax refund). The amount that you have overpaid should be higher than € 10. It is important to communicate any changes within 6 weeks. You will need your assessment notice to submit the application.

You can enclose a statement from the veterinarian or crematorium that the dog has died as proof for a refund application. This is usually the reason for a refund application. In other cases, you can enclose other proof. It is not mandatory to send proof.

You can also apply for a refund in writing to the director of municipal taxes.

Apply for a refund


If you do not agree with the assessment for the dog tax, you can contest the assessment. If you think you have been wrongly given a fine, then you can contest the fine.

  • You can also use the response form which was enclosed with the assessment/decision notice.
  • If you do not live in The Hague, then you can submit your appeal per post to the Director of Municipal Taxes.
  • You cannot contest the dog tax or apply for a refund over the telephone.

Contest the dog tax