Dog Registration

Councils are required by the Dog & Cat Management Act to keep a register of dogs in the local area. All dogs aged 3 months or over must be registered within 14 days of ownership. All dogs and cats over 12 weeks of age must be microchipped. Dogs and cats born after 1 July 2018 must be desexed by 6 months of age (exemptions apply to recognised working dof breeds actively working livestock, dogs and cats granted exemption on medical grounds (with a certificate from a veterinarian) and a person who is registered in Dogs and Cats Online (DACO) as a breeder). Persons registering a dog must be 16 years of age or older.

DACO is a central database for microchipped and registered dogs and cats, regsitered breeders and registration payments.  DACO allows dog and cat owners to login online any time and update their contact details in one place, pay annual dog registration renewals and notify councils if their dog or cat has gone missing. All new dogs registered in DACO will be issued with a lifetime registration number and grey disc.

To register your dog or update microchipping, desexing and conscession information please visit If you require any assistance whilst trying to register your dog or update information please contact the council office on 8767 2033.

Failure to register a dog is an offence under the Dog and Cat Management Act and the owner or person responsible for the dog may be fined.

Dog Registration Fees 2020/2021

Non Standard Dog $76.00
Standard Dog (Desexed & Microchipped) $38.00
Non Standard Dog Concession $38.00
Standard Dog Concession $19.00
Working Dog $38.00
Puppy Fee (6 months or less) $15.50
Guide/hearing/disability (assistance) dog no charge
Fee for replacement disc  $10.50

Late registration penalty (after 31 August) - $19.00
Rebate for part year registration (after 1 January) - 50% rebate
Valid concession details must be provided when registering your dog.
NOTE: To qualify for a reduced registration fee for a desexed and micropchipped dog, a copy of a desexing and microchipping certificate must be provided.

Registered Breeders

Did you know there are new laws regulating the sale of dogs? If you are selling dogs, you must register as a breeder on Dogs and Cats Online (DACO). Breeders must not sell a dog unless it has been microchipped. Any advertisement you place for the sale of a dog must include your contact details and breeder registration number, this includes the sale of dogs on Facebook.
To become a registered breeder please visit

For more information on breeding, selling and buying please visit

Limit on Dog Numbers

Council has a Dog By-Law which limits the number of dogs that can be kept at premises. For a premise in a township, the By-Law allows a maximum of two dogs. The maximum number of dogs that can be kept at a premise outside of a township is three dogs, with the exception of working dogs.

Should you wish to keep more than the prescribed number of dogs, an application to Council must be made:
Application to Keep More than the Number of Prescribed Dogs(55 kb)

Dog Reporting

Council requires the assistance of the community to keep public spaces enjoyable and safe by proactively reporting dogs wandering at large, dog attacks, aggressive dogs and barking dogsReports can be made confidentially in person at the council office or by calling 8767 2033 during office hours or 0438 672 033 after hours. 

To claim an impounded dog, please contact the council office on 8767 2033 or after hours to 0438 672 033. Impounded dogs will not be released unless they are registered.