Dog Registration

Registration - Need to know

  • You must register your dogs by 1 July every year

  • Any dog not wearing a current registration label or disc will be treated as unregistered. Replacement tags may be obtained from Council

  • Anyone found in possession of an unregistered dog older than three months is liable to receive a $300 infringement fee, so all dog owners are encouraged to ensure that their dog is registered

  • When a dog changes ownership, both the new and old owners must give written notice to Council within 14 days of the change and include the address where the dog will be kept

  • If a dog owner moves, they must give written notice of the new address to Council within 14 days

Council is introducing new dog registration fees from 1 July 2017. Discounts are designed to encourage responsible ownership.

Registration fee non-working dog

(before possible discounts)

Possible discounts:


  • The dog is spayed or neutered

- $10 discount 

  • The dog is in a fenced or controlled property

- $20 discount

  • Responsible owner (according to Council's criteria) & microchipped dog

- $30 discount

Registration fee non-working dog if all discounts apply 


Working dog registration


Late registration penalty (for all dogs)

50% of the total registration fee


Dogs neutered after 1 July 2016 

You will need to provide Council with evidence from your vet that your dog has been neutered or spayed, such as a receipt or a certificate.

Fencing or a controlled property

To receive the fencing discount, ensure that your dog is contained on your property in one of the following ways:

  • A fully fenced property; or
  • A fenced or portable enclosure; or
  • A dog motel; or
  • A kennel with an enclosed run attached; or
  • A leash attached to a running wire.

Responsible owner

To receive this discount, you must meet the following criteria:

  • The dog is microchipped as required by the Dog Control Act 1996
  • There has been no written warning, barking abatement notice, seizure or infringement under the Dog Control Act 1996 from 1 July 2016 onwards relating to any dog owned by the person applying for the registration

If you want your dog to be microchipped, you can get it done for free at one of Council’s free microchipping sessions. Have a look on this webpage to see when the next session is near you, or ring Dog Control. 

Council is adopting a clean slate approach to good behaviour. Only incidents of irresponsible dog ownership from 1 July 2016 will be taken into account. From July 2018 onwards, only the previous two years' history will be taken into account with the good behaviour discount.

Download our brochure here [PDF, 2.4 MB]


All dogs must be registered before they attain the age of 3 months.

The registration fee for all puppies is $30, for the first year of registration only. 

The fee are prorata to cover the remainder of the year from when the puppy attains the age of three months, as follows:

Month that puppy is 3 months old

Dog registration fee

July 2017


August 2017


September  2017


October 2017


November 2017


December  2017


January 2018


February  2018


March 2018


April 2018


May 2018


June 2018