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Dog registrations

All dogs over 6 months of age must be registered. To register your dog, complete and return the below registration form. The form is also available at the Council Offices and can be posted to you upon request.

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, please contact us. Check the details on the form and if changes are required you will need to advise us either via post, phone or email. You can make a renewal payment online. Once payment has been received, your dog is re-registered.  You can be fined if you do not register your dog.

Evidence required for registration

Desexed dog: Certificate of sterilisation from a veterinary surgeon, or other documentation confirming that the dog is desexed, or the provision of a statutory declaration.

Pure bred dog: Certificate of registration and pedigree issued by the Tasmanian Canine Association (TCA) or equivalent interstate certification, and current membership card of the TCA.

Working dog: ABN number relating to a farming business, or by providing a working demonstration to the satisfaction of one of our rangers. This only applies to breeds recognised as working dogs by the Tasmanian Canine Association.

Greyhound: Registration certificate or Greyhound litter registration papers from Greyhounds Australasia.

Pension: Current Centrelink Pension Concession Card or Veterans Affairs Gold Card. Applies to the first dog only, registration of a second dog will be charged at the full registration fee.

Dog registration fees 2018/19

Paid before 1 August 2018

Discounted fee $105.00
Pensioner fee  $83.00

 

Paid after 1 August 2018

Standard fee $110.00
Pensioner fee  $88.00

Paid before 1 August 2018

Discounted fee $28.00
Pensioner fee  $21.40

 

Paid after 1 August 2018

Standard fee $33.00
Pensioner fee  $26.40

Paid before 1 August 2018

Discounted fee $39.00
Pensioner fee  $30.20

 

Paid after 1 August 2018

Standard fee $44.00
Pensioner fee  $35.20

Paid before 1 August 2018

Discounted fee $220.00
Pensioner fee  N/A

 

Paid after 1 August 2018

Standard fee $220.00
Pensioner fee  N/A

Dangerous dog declared pre December 2015

Paid before 1 August 2018

Discounted fee $550.00
Pensioner fee  N/A

 

Paid after 1 August 2018

Standard fee $550.00
Pensioner fee  N/A

 

Dangerous dog declared after December 2015

Paid before 1 August 2018

Discounted fee $1,100.00
Pensioner fee  N/A

 

Paid after 1 August 2018

Standard fee $1,100.00
Pensioner fee  N/A

No charge

Dog Control Act & penalties

The management of dogs in Clarence is governed by the Dog Control Act 2000. Under the Act, we are required to have a Dog Management Policy

The Act specifies penalties for breaches of the Act. Most of these fines are issued as an “on the spot” fine however larger penalties may be imposed by the court.

Microchip your dog

Microchipping is compulsory in Tasmania for dogs over the age of six months.  If you do not microchip your dog, you will need to obtain an exemption.  An exemption may be issued by a vet if they feel that implanting your dog with a microchip may adversely affect the health and welfare of the animal. Dogs registered as working dogs are also exempted from this requirement. Microchipping is available through your veterinarian and through The Dogs Home.

Desex your dog

We encourage all owners to desex their dogs and our fee structure has been set to offer the lowest rates, a 70% discount to owners of desexed dogs. We recommend owners discuss desexing their dogs with their local veterinary service.

Further information on desexing is available through the Australian Veterinary Association, RSPCA, Dogs Homes of Tasmania and the National Desexing Network.

Be a responsible dog owner

  • Make sure your dog is registered and microchipped; if your dog becomes lost we can work out who the owner is;
  • Keep your dog in your yard and do not let it out unattended;
  • Keep your dog on a lead when in public, unless in an off-lead area where your dog must be kept under effective control at all times;
  • Clean up any mess left in public by your dog;
  • Stop your dog from continually barking;
  • Take your dog to obedience training;
  • Desex your dog if it will not be used for breeding;
  • Look after the health of your dog;
  • Provide your dog with a healthy diet;
  • Ensure your dog has access to cool, clean water at all times;
  • Inform us of the death or transfer of ownership of your dog;
  • Inform us within 14 days if you change your address;
  • Keep no more than 2 dogs over 6 months of age (or in the case of working dogs, 4) on a premise unless we have approved a kennel licence.

Frequently asked questions

Am I obliged to clean up after my dog?

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Yes, in all circumstances. We provide purpose built dog bins in many areas. If you would like to suggest a new bin location, please contact our rangers. An infringement to the value of 1 penalty unit may be issued to the owner or person in control of the dog if the mess is not cleaned up.

Does my dog have to be on a lead?

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In certain areas your dog must be on a lead of no more than 2 metres long, held by a person with the strength and ability to control the dog. These areas include:

  • Roads;
  • Footpaths;
  • Cycleways or pedestrian walkways in residential areas;
  • Some designated exercise areas. These areas will have signs to show that a dog must be on a lead.

In areas where it is not necessary for a dog to be on a lead, the dog must remain under effective control. This means that they must be in close proximity, in sight and immediately responsive to the commands of the person in charge of the dog.

For more information, see Dog Exercise Areas.

How many dogs can I keep on one property? 

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Two dogs can be kept on one property. The Dog Control Act 2000 makes an allowance for four working dogs to be kept on a rural property. A kennel licence is required if more than two dogs or more than four working dogs over the age of six months are to be kept at a property. Keeping too many dogs on your property is an offence under the Dog Control Act 2000 and may see you issued with an on the spot fine.

An application for a kennel licence will only be considered in the following circumstances:

  • The premises are in non-residential styled zoning; and
  • The property has an area equal to or greater than 1 hectare.

Our assessment of a kennel licence will include consideration of:

  • Zoning of the land, including any adjacent residential styled zoned properties;
  • Location of residential zoned buildings;
  • Local amenity;
  • Environmental health issues; and
  • Animal welfare.

A kennel licence will not be granted if the premises to which the licence relates is unfit for the purpose, if it is not in the public interest or it is not compatible with the principles of the Code of Responsible Dog Ownership found in our Dog Management Policy.

In the event of extenuating circumstances a short term exemptions may be issued for a kennel licence to be granted in residential styled zoned premises. This would be at the discretion of the General Manager and apply for a set period only.

Licences are subject to annual renewal and an inspection by one of our rangers who will check that all of the relevant conditions are being met. If the conditions of the licence are not being complied with, the licence may be cancelled and the dogs may need to be re-homed.

To find out if you are eligible to apply for a kennel licence, call us on 03 6217 9600.

What do I do if my dog loses its registration tag?

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A replacement registration tag costs $5.00 and is available from the Council Offices, or by calling us on 03 6217 9600.