All dogs over 6 months of age must be registered. The below registration form needs to be completed. The form can also be sourced from the Council Offices or posted to you.
All dog registrations are required to be renewed in July each year. For existing registered dogs, a renewal form will be sent to you in June. If you do not receive a form, contact Council. Check the details on the form and if changes are required you will need to advise Council either via post, phone or email. Contact details can be found here. To make a renewal payment online, click here. Once payment has been received, your dog is re-registered.
You can be fined if you do not register your dog.
For fees relating to dog management click here.
If our rangers have picked up your dog it will be taken to the Dogs Homes' of Tasmania at 101 Scotts Road, Risdon Vale, phone 6243 5177. If the dog is wearing a current numbered Council registration tag, the registered owner will be notified that the dog has been impounded. The Dogs Home staff will also check for a valid microchip contact.
If your dog is taken to the Dogs Home fees and charges may apply prior to your dog being released, including any costs for registration or microchipping of your dog, impounding fees, the Dogs Home daily maintenance fee. Please note that you may also be fined under the Dogs Control Act 2000 for your dog being ‘at large”.
If you have found a lost dog, please contact Council on 6217 9600 for advice.
City Rangers regularly patrol all suburban areas and in summer we patrol 7 days a week. An after hours service is also available. This includes dog attacks or instances where an animal or person may be in danger.
For assistance please contact Council on 6217 9600.
Exercise areas for dogs
There are a number of areas in Clarence where dogs can be exercised. For details click here.
Dog Management Policy
Under the Dog Control Act 2000, Council is required to have a Dog Management Policy, which covers the following:
- Schedule of Declared Areas
- Code of Responsible Dog Ownership
- Fee Schedule
- Any other matters
Dog owner responsibilities
There are many actions that all dog owners should take to ensure that all people enjoy our streets and recreation areas.
- Ensure your dog is registered.
- Do not allow it out unattended.
- Do not walk it on a road or road related area in a built up area, unless it is on a lead.
- Ensure that you clean up any mess left by your dog in a public place.
- Do not allow it to continually bark so as to cause a noise nuisance.
- Inform Council on the death or transfer of ownership of your dog.
- Inform Council within 14 days if you change your address.
- Maintain effective control of your dog/s.
- Keep no more than 2 dogs over 6 months of age (or in the case of working dogs, 4) on a premises unless Council has approved a kennel licence.
Penalties for breaches of the Dog Control Act
The Dog Control Act 2000 specifies the level of fines that apply for breaches to the Act. Most of these fines are issued as an "on the spot" fine however larger penalties may be imposed by the court. Click here to view the Penalties for breaches of the Dog Control Act.
For other information please see Frequently asked questions about dogs.
Useful links and contacts
Tasmania’s largest dog welfare organisation dedicated to improving the life of all dogs.
The Hobart Cat Centre Inc., is a self-funded, apolitical, non-profit organisation, which exists to shelter and humanely deal with unwanted kittens and cats, and to work with and educate all of the Tasmanian community on methods and benefits of responsible cat ownership.
The RSPCA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is the voice for the animals of Australia.
We help reunite lost & found pets with their owners.