Important Information

Dogs or cats that will be 12 weeks of age on or before 1 July 2018, must be microchipped by that date.

Dogs and cats born before 1 July 2018 are exempt from the requirement to be de-sexed, but those born on or 1 July 2018 must be de-sexed.

Expiation fees will apply from 1 July 2018

  • Dangerous or prescribed breed $750
  • Failing to micro-chip dog $170
  • Any other case $170

Further information can be found:


Microchipping Older Animals:

Vet Information:

Dog Registration

In accordance with the Dog and Cat Management Act any person responsible for the control of dogs must ensure that dogs are registered as follows:

All dogs aged three months or more must be registered within fourteen (14) days of ownership.

  • All dogs aged three months  or more must be microchipped from the 1 July 2018.
  • All new generation dogs (not existing dogs) must be desexed as of 1 July 2018.
  • Anyone who breeds dogs must be a Registered Breeder.

Dog Registrations now fall under two categories as set by the Dog and Cat Management Board:

Standard - this applies only to a dog that is both desexed and microchipped.

Non-standard - this applies to all other kinds of dogs, even if they are exempt from the requirement to desex or microchip (e.g. dogs belonging to registered breeders, working livestock dogs).

Dog registrations expire annually on 30 June. Registrations must be renewed annually by 31 August.

The expiation for keeping an unregistered dog of three or more months has increased to $170.00.  Other expiations are as follows:

  • Dangerous or prescribed breed $750
  • Failing to micro-chip dog $170
  • Any other case $170

Any lost dog or dogs causing a nuisance, wandering at large or responsible for harassing, chasing or attacking should be reported to Council immediately.

You should now have received your Dog Registration Renewals. BEFORE paying your registration through the new Dog and Cat Online process, PLEASE ensure that all the details for your dog are correct. In particular please check the information regarding concession, de-sexing and microchipping as this could alter the registration fee.
If any of these details are incorrect please contact Council on 87210444.

To register your dog go to

2019-2020 Dog Registration Fees

Dog and Cat Management Act 1995

Legislation and Expiations


Wandering and lost Dogs

Dog owners are reminded that under the Dog & Cat Management Act 1995 it is an offence to allow a dog to be at large, whether the dog is registered or not.  A dog is deemed to be wandering at large when it is unaccompanied by a responsible person who can exercise effective control over the animal.

Effective control is when the dog is on a leash that is no more than 2 metres in length. Please note that under amendments to the Dog and Cat Management Act all dogs that are on public land must be on a leash.  The owner or person responsible for a dog that is found wandering at large will be expiated a fee of $210.00 for the offence.

Dogs found wandering at large by Council’s Authorised Officers will be returned to the owner if possible or impounded at the South East Animal Welfare League. Payment of registration fees (if required) along with any pound fees will be required prior to the dog being released.

The South East Animal Welfare League is located on Penola Road just past the Airport. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 11.30am and 4.00pm to 5.00pm, Weekends 9.00am to 12.00pm, Closed on Public Holidays. Phone (08) 8723 9133.

You may also like to visit Council’s Impounded Dog section to view photographs and/or descriptions of dogs that have been collected by inspectors.

Complaints and/or enquiries in relation to wandering dogs should be advised in writing or by telephone to Council's Registrar of Dogs, Leith McEvoy ( on (08) 8721 0444.

Attacks on another Dog, livestock or person

It is an offence under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 for a dog to attack or harass an animal or person.

If you or your animal is attacked by another dog you should report the attack to Council immediately. Council can investigate dog attacks and impose penalties on the dog owner as appropriate. Expiations of $315.00 may also be applied to the dog owner. The more information you supply to Council in relation to the attack, the more likely it is that the dog can be identified.

In the case of a serious attack you should also call the police who are authorised under the Dog and Cat Management Act and can provide immediate assistance in an emergency.

Barking Dogs

Dog owners are responsible for the care and wellbeing of their pets however it can be forgotten that dogs can affect adjoining neighbours as well as yourself.

Complaints due to excessive barking are amongst the most frequent received by Council.  If your dog barks excessively, you may be guilty of an offence and you may be expiated or have a Control (Barking Dog) Order placed on your dog under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995.

Some causes of excessive barking are:

  • Boredom
  • Children or others teasing them
  • Hostile neighbours
  • Separation anxiety
  • Changes to a dog's life or lifestyle
  • Possible health issues
  • Distraction
  • Breeding

Please contact Council on (08) 8721 0444 should you require any assistance in relation to barking dogs.

Any formal barking dog complaint should be lodged with Council in writing.

List of impounded dogs can be found here.

Dog Expiation Offences

The Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 outlines the offences for which the owner or person responsible for the control of a dog can be expiated for. These include the following:

  • Unregistered dog
  • Wandering at large
  • Attacking, harassing or chasing an animal or person
  • Attacking a person lawfully entering a premises
  • Unrestrained transport
  • Being in a school, kindergarten or childcare centre
  • Being in a shop (not being an accredited assistance dog), that is not a pet shop, grooming parlour or veterinary surgeon without the permission of the shopkeeper
  • Rushes at or chases a vehicle
  • Persistently creates a noise by barking or otherwise
  • Defecates in a public place (unless the responsible owner or person immediately removes and disposes of the faeces in a suitable manner)