Dog registration and management fees and charges 2024 to 2025

Published on 06 June 2024

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Dogs must be registered every year. All dog registrations expire on 30 June each year and dog owners have until 31 July to re-register at the early-bird rate and without penalty.

All dogs aged 3 months (12 weeks) or over must be registered.

The registration fee varies depending on whether the dog is a working dog, desexed or classified dangerous.

Remember – registering your dog early and during July is a lot cheaper than registering late. As well as the early-bird discount, it ensures you avoid a $300 fine for failing to register your dog.

Section 37 of the Dog Control Act 1996 provides Council with the authority to set and charge annual dog-registration fees, which pay for dog-control-related management, including the operation of the pound.

Dog registration charges for 2024 to 2025

Below are our fees and charges related to dog registrations and management for 2024 to 2025:

Dog class  Explanation of dog class Discount fee (early bird) if paid on or before 31 July 2024 Fee for registration on or after 1 August 2024

Pet (P)

Standard owner



Desexed pet (DP)

Standard owner



Working dog (W)

Dogs kept principally for the herding of stock, Police dog or other Government Agency dog



Disability assist dog (D)

A dog certified by an organisation listed in Schedule 5 of the Dog Control Act 1996

No fee 

No fee

Dangerous dog





  1/12th the relevant fee for each complete month remaining in the registration year

Infringement fee for non-registration, as set under the Dog Control Act 1996




Replacement tags




Other charges Current fee

First impound


Second impound


Third or any subsequent impound


Dog sustenance fee per day


Further information on the Dog Control Act

The Dog Control Act 1996 sets out the key rules for dog owners. Its intention is to ensure dogs are well cared for and that incidences, attacks and injuries to people, wildlife and other animals are minimised.

It ensures that the potential for dog-related nuisance is reduced and also sets out penalties for not complying with the Act.

The Act also requires us to develop our own dog-control policy and a dog-control bylaw.

Section 37 of the Dog Control Act 1996

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