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.

How do I apply for a licence?

Step 1

Ensure all dogs on the property are registered. Download and print the kennel licence application pack(PDF, 750KB).

Read this carefully to ensure you understand the process for application for a kennel licence. If you are unable to print a copy please contact the Animal Management Unit who will mail a copy to you. You can contact the Unit by emailing with your inquiry or by calling 03 6238 2711.

Step 2

Fill in the 'Notice of Intention to Apply for a Kennel Licence' page from the application pack and email this, along with the example of what the advertisement needs to look like, to The Mercury newspaper via and arrange advertising. The advertising fee will be payable directly to The Mercury. 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

After the 14 day advertising period has ended, fill in the 'Application for a Kennel Licence' and bring this into the City of Hobart Customer Service Centre at 16 Elizabeth Street, Hobart. The application fee is payable at the same time you lodge your application. You will need to attach a copy of the advertisement to the application.

What happens next?

Once the City receives your application and licence fee, an officer from the Animal Management Unit will contact you to arrange a day and time for an inspection of your property to assess if the property is suitable for the number of dogs you wish to keep.

Please note that, in accordance with the Dog Control Act 2000, Council cannot consider your application until 28 days after the 'Notice of Intention to Apply for a Kennel Licence' has been advertised. This means the application process will generally take approximately one month.

For more information or advice please contact the Animal Management Unit on 03 6238 2711.