Dog registration and microchipping

Dog owners are required by law to register their dog with their local council and have their dog microchipped.

Register your dog

Once a dog is six months old it must be registered by a person over 18 years of age. If a dog belongs to a child, the registration must be in the name of a parent or guardian.

The registration period is between 1 July and 30 June each year. Renewal notices will be issued prior to the expiration of your dog's registration. Please ensure that you promptly pay the renewal fee and update any incorrect details to ensure that your dog remains registered and the records accurate. Failure to pay the registration fee means that your dog is not registered and you may be issued with a fine.  The City will send you a registration reminder, however, it is your responsibility to renew your dog’s registration. 

For new dog registrations you can complete and submit the dog registration application online. Once we receive your application one of our officers will contact you to arrange for the payment of the registration fee, an invoice will not be issued. If you haven't heard from us within 2 business days you can phone us on 6238 2182 to arrange payment.

After payment has been made your dog’s registration tag will be posted to you.

Alternatively you can print the dog registration application(PDF, 86KB) and submit with payment in one of the following ways:

  • by mail: GPO Box 503, Hobart, 7001
  • in person: Customer Service Centre, 16 Elizabeth Street, Hobart

The current fees for dog registration are outlined below:

General registrations

Fee

Standard dog (not sterilised)

$120

Sterilised dog (must provide a veterinarian certificate)

$45

 

Pensioner rate: a 50% discount applies to the general registration categories above. A pension card must be provided at the time of registration. The discount applies to the first dog registered. No further discounts apply, not applicable to Health Care Card holders.

Special registrations

Fee

Greyhound - must provide evidence of Greyhound Racing Tasmania registration

$60

Working dogs - must provide evidence that the dog is used for business activities that require a working dog i.e. farming

$60

Purebred dogs - must be a registered member with the Tasmanian Canine Association

$60

Guard dogs - must be:

  • registered in the Hobart municipal area if working as a guard dog
  • be from a registered security business
  • declared dangerous by the General Manager

$250

Dangerous dogs and restricted breeds – declared in accordance with section 29 of the Dog Control Act 2000 (declared dangerous prior to 30 June 2018)

$280

Dangerous dogs and restricted breeds – declared in accordance with section 29 of the Dog Control Act 2000 (declared dangerous after 1 July 2018)

$500

Guide/assistance dogs and puppy walkers – certification required

No charge

Replacement tag

$15

 

Replacement dog registration tag

If you have lost your dog’s registration tag you can let us know you need a new one by completing and submitting the Dog registration tag replacement request. There is a fee for this, which is listed above. Once we receive your request one of our officers will contact you to arrange for payment of the tag. Your dog’s new tag will then be posted to you.

Microchip your dog

Once your dog is six months old, you can take it to a vet or authorised person in an animal welfare shelter to get it microchipped, which is a safe, painless procedure. 

Once your dog has been microchipped your contact details and the details of the dog are forwarded to the national registry. You will be given a Certificate of Identification, which will include the microchip number. Please let us know this number as soon as possible. 

If you have any enquiries about registration or microchipping, contact the Animal Management Unit on 03 6238 2182.