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