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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, 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

Fees and Charges

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.

Annual Registration Fees

2017/18 Dog Registration Fees

These fees are the full annual fees only. 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.

Type of Registration Annual Cost
Entire Dog $120.00
Desexed Dog - over 12 months of age* $25.00
Desexed Dog - under 12 months of age* Free
Entire Dog (Concession Card Holders) $67.00
Desexed Dog (Concession Card Holders)* $12.50
Assistance Dog (Entire and Desexed) Free
NACA Members Entire Dog $70.00
Obedience Certificate (Entire)* $70.00
Obedience Certificate (Desexed)* $25.00

* Proof must be provided at the time of registration

2017/18 Cat Registration Fees

These fees are the full annual fees only. 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.

Type of Registration Annual Cost
Entire Cat $120.00
Desexed Cat* $10.00
Entire Cat (Concession Card Holders) $67.00
Desexed Cat* (Concession Card Holders) $5.00
CANT Members Entire Cat $70.00

* Proof must be provided at the time of registration

 2017/18 Special Licence Pro Rata Fees (to keep 3 or more dogs/cats)

These fees are the full annual fees only. If you are registering after 30 September, you will be charged a pro-rata fee. Pro-rata fees can be found on the registration application form.

Type of Registration Annual Cost
3 or more dogs $124.00
3 or more cats $30.00

Register your pet

Register your pet for the first time

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

You will need to lodge the form via

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

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. If you ha

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

Pay Renewal Online

You can also pay your registration renewal via

  • 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

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

You will need to lodge the application along with the required fee via

  • email darwin@darwin.nt.gov.au
  • 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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