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Overview - Pet Registration & Microchipping

Whether you've just arrived to Darwin or brought home a new furry friend, there are requirements to owning cats and dogs in Darwin.

We offer five year and lifetime registration for your pet. For more information and move to those options please call 08 8930 0671 or 08 8930 0603.

If you are living in the Darwin municipality, your dog or cat must be registered if;

  • your pet is over three months of age,
  • your pet has been in Darwin for at least one month.

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Register your pet for the first time

To register your pet for the first time, please complete the registration form.

Proof is required to confirm eligibility and must be provided at the time of registration for reduced rates.

If you are registering after 30 September, you will be charged a pro-rata rate. Pro-rata rates can be found on the registration application form.

Renewing your pet registration

You must renew your pet registration every year by 1 July.

If your pet has previously been registered, you will receive a renewal notice in the post at least one month prior to the due date.

To renew your pet's registration, you will need your renewal notice.

Pay Renewal Online

Do you know you can pay your pet registration renewal fee at any Australia Post Office in Darwin.

Keeping more than two cats or dogs

Under the By-Laws, owners can keep two registered cats and/or dogs on one property. If you want to keep more than two on your property, you will need to apply for a licence from Council.

To apply for a licence please download and fill out the application form.

Your application will be assessed by an authorised Council officer. The process includes:

  • a search for previous complaints against you (the owner),
  • consultation with your neighbours
  • an assessment of your premises to ensure it is suitable and has suitably contained area for your pets.

Please note that licences may be approved with specific conditions.

Transfer of Address/Owner

A transfer of ownership or address does not incur a fee. Please download this form and return to City of Darwin by email, post or in person at the Civic Centre.

Form logement

You will need to lodge the form via

Fees and Charges

Registration fees are due on 1 July each year. Fees assist us to continue to provide Animal Management Services to the Darwin community.

We offer reduced registration fees in the following circumstances;

  • if your cat or dog is desexed,
  • if you are a concession holder,
  • if you are a member of NACA or CANT.

Proof is required to confirm eligibility and must be provided at the time of registration for reduced rates.

If you are registering after 30 September, you will be charged a pro-rata rate. Pro-rata rates can be found on the registration application form.

Registration Fees

2018/19 Dog Registration Fees
Type of Registration Annual Five Years Lifetime
Entire Dog $120 $360 $600
Desexed Dog - over 12 months of age* $25 $75 $125
Desexed Dog - under 12 months of age* Free NA NA
Desexed Dog (Concession Card Holders)* $12 $36 $60
Assistance Dog (Entire and Desexed) Free NA NA
NACA Members Entire Dog $70 NA NA
NACA Members Desexed Dog $15 NA NA
Obedience Certificate (Entire)* $70 NA NA
Obedience Certificate (Desexed)* $15 NA NA
2018/19 Cat Registration Fees
Type of Registration Annual Five Years Lifetime
Entire Cat $120 $360 $600
Desexed Cat* $10 $30 $50
Desexed Cat* (Concession Card Holders) $5 $15 $30
CANT Members Entire Cat $70 NA NA
CANT Members Desexed Cat $5 NA NA
2018/19 Special Licence Registration Fees (to keep 3 or more dogs/cats)
Type of Registration Annual
3 or more dogs $130
3 or more cats $35

Microchipping

Microchipping your pet is a condition of registration in Darwin. Microchips allow our Rangers, vets and RSPCA staff to quickly identify your pet by scanning it with a microchip reader.

The microchip gives your pet a unique number which can be matched on databases that store information about your pet and your contact details. This helps with the speedy return of pets that are lost, at large or injured.

Microchipping is available at the Council Pound and RSPCA as well as vet surgeries.

Enforcing Registration By-Laws

Council employs Rangers whose job is to enforce registration requirements. If your pet is not registered and microchipped or you do not have a licence (if required), you may be fined in accordance with the By-laws. (63A Failure to Comply with Condition of Registration).

Last modified 
03 Jul 2018

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