Reducing the Cost of Registration


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Reducing the Cost of Registration

There are two easy ways you can reduce your annual dog registration fee and be a responsible dog owner.

  1. Pay on time - pay the registration fee on or before 31 July annually
    (a 50% penalty fee applies to late payments made after 31 July)
  2. De-sex and microchip your dog; conditions apply

Microchipping your dog

By law, the following dogs must be microchipped:

  • Dogs registered for the first time after 1 July 2006
  • Dogs classified as 'menacing' or 'dangerous' after 1 December 2003
  • Unregistered dogs impounded after 1 July 2006 and
  • Registered dogs impounded twice after 1 July 2006

Dogs (working dogs) used solely or principally for herding stock do not have to be microchipped.

If there is a medical reason for not having your dog microchipped, you will have to provide Animal Control with a vet certificate.

Microchipping can be done by your vet and is a simple, straightforward procedure with minimal risks.

Animal Control can also microchip your dog for $25.

Your vet will give you several copies of the microchip barcode details. You will need to provide a copy of this to Animal Control.


Failure to have your dog microchipped, when legally required to do so may result in a $300 fine.

Go to the dog fines page

Contact Animal Control