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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 deal solely with the management of dogs and cats living in the Darwin area.

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

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

Registration is an annual fee and 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 for reduced rates.

Register your pet

First time registration

To register your pet for the first time, please complete the registration form. You will need to lodge the form via

  • email
  • post: GPO Box 84, Darwin 0801
  • in person at the Civic Centre, Harry Chan Avenue, Darwin

To be eligible for reduced rates, please remember to provide proof when lodging your registration.

Renewing pet registration

Registration renewals are due annually on 1 July. If your pet has previously been registered with City of Darwin 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. You can pay your registration renewal

  • online via eservices
  • phone: 08 8930 0556
  • in person at: Civic Centre, Harry Chan Avenue, Darwin
  • post: GPO Box 84, Darwin 0801
  • at any Australia Post in Darwin

Unpaid or overdue renewals may incur a late fee.


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.

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.

How to apply for a licence

  • Download and fill out the application form
  • Lodge the application along with the required fee via
    • email
    • post: GPO Box 84, Darwin 0801
    • in person at the Civic Centre, Harry Chan Avenue, Darwin

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: Licences may be approved with specific conditions.

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).

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