Kennel licences

If you want to keep more than two dogs over the age of six months on your property (or four dogs in the case of working dogs) you must submit an application for a kennel licence. A new kennel licence costs $240 and a renewal (which is renewed at the same time each year as your dog registration) costs $80. 

How do I apply for a licence?

Step 1: Contact us 

If you are thinking of having more than two dogs on your property and haven’t spoken to us we encourage you to do so. This will allow us to answer any questions you may have and go through the application process with you. Contact our Animal Management team on 03 6238 2182.

Step 2:  Advertise your intention to apply for a licence

You will need to advertise your notice of intent to apply for a licence in the Mercury newspaper (there is no specific day that it is required to be shown). To make sure the required information is included in the advert please refer to the Notice of intention to apply for a kennel licence template(PDF, 124KB). This can be printed off and once you have filled in the blanks (residential address, breed and number of dogs) you will have the text for the advert. Please note the cost to place the advert is in addition to the licence application fee.

Any person who lives within 200 metres of the property may submit a written objection to the City of Hobart within 14 days of the Mercury advertisement. 

Step 3: Submit your application

You can now complete and submit the kennel licence application. You will need to attach a copy of the Mercury advertisement.

The fee for this application needs to be paid at the time that you submit your application. If you have submitted your application online an officer will contact you for receipt of payment.

Alternatively you can print this form(PDF, 45KB) and submit in one of the following ways:

  • email: coh@hobartcity.com.au
  • post: GPO Box 503, Hobart City Council 
  • in person: 16 Elizabeth Street, Hobart (corner of Davey Street). 

What happens next?

After we receive your application and payment of the licence fee, we will arrange to visit your property to assess the suitability of the premises, including the yard size, fencing, shelter, bedding, and health of the dogs. 

We cannot consider your application until 28 days after the ‘Notice of Intention' has been published, in accordance with the Dog Control Act 2000. This means the application process will generally take approximately one month. 

For more information please contact us on 03 6238 2182.