2019/2020 Dog Registration and Renewals


By now all dog owners listed on Council’s dog registry should have received their dog’s registration renewal notices in the mail. This is your annual reminder to renew your dog’s registration. 

Under the Dog Control Act 2000, which is the Tasmanian law that governs the keeping of dogs, dogs which are aged 6 months and over must be registered with their local Council. Dog registrations must be renewed by the payment of the relevant registration fee for your dog by 31 July 2019.

Although you may register your contact details along with your dog’s microchip on a national database for extra identification of your dog, it is your dog registration with your local Council that is mandatory under the Dog Control Act 2000. 

Advantages of registering your dog.

Registering your dog greatly improves its chances of being reunited with you should your dog escape your property, but registration fees also provide for a range of other services including: 

1. Animal Management Service

  • if your dog escapes and is found, it can be identified, and you will be notified. In many cases it may be returned back home than being taken to a pound.
  • works to secure aggressive dogs from public places
  • manages and investigates dog attack incidents
  • investigates nuisance dog complaints
  • conducts regular property and Licence inspections as well inspections into the keeping of dangerous and noisy dogs.


2. Animal Management After Hours Service

  • if your dog escapes and is found outside of normal working hours, it is often only by the means of the Council registration tag that the dog can be reunited with you.


3. Providing facilities in dog exercise areas such as bins and bags for dog waste, signage, fencing and patrols of the areas.


The registration fees were set by Council on 27 May 2019 and fees vary depending the category of a dog. The 2019/20 fees are listed below, on the Dog registration page and are also printed on your registration renewal notice. 

Please note that the Standard Registration Fee applies for registrations that are renewed prior to the 31 July 2019.

The Overdue Registration Fee will apply for any registrations that are renewed after the 31 July 2019.

If you have moved address or your dog has died or been rehomed, since the last registration period please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (03) 6216 6800 and update those details. 

Council adopts an intensive dog registration audit of the City which usually commences in September.  Any dog found that is unregistered may result in its owner receiving a fine, and a further fine if the dog is not micro chipped. 


Responsible Ownership and Control of Dogs

Council anticipates that there will be a large number of new dog registrations in 2019/20 as well as the renewal of existing dog registrations, all dog owners are reminded to be aware of the legal requirements of owning and controlling a dog under the Dog Control Act 2000.

Council is concerned that dogs in public places which are not under effective control frequently create a nuisance or risk to other people or animals, may cause traffic hazards and also put themselves at risk of injury.

A proactive measure in preventing a dog’s escape is by ensuring that boundary fences are well maintained and regularly checked. Keeping a watchful eye on the behaviour of a dog when the dog is at home can also provide insight to owners if a dog is looking to escape.

Council’s records indicate that most dogs escape a property when the owner is away from home and dogs may become bored or feel anxious because the owner has left the property.  The escape of a dog is often preventable by taking the time to get to know a dog’s athletic ability, maintaining boundary fences accordingly and providing toys or enrichment tools for dogs when left at home alone.

Dogs must also be walked on a lead no longer than 2 meters in length at all times in a public place and must remain under effective control at all times.

Please also remember to carry a dog dropping bag when exercising dogs and clean up after your dog. In addition to the environmental, public health and unsightly factors associated with uncollected droppings, fines may be issued under the Dog Control Act 2000 for failing to pick up after a dog.

A list of designated dog exercise areas is available by clicking here.

This information is provided to you by Glenorchy City Council in the interests of responsible dog ownership. All enquiries regarding the keeping of dogs or dog registrations can be made by contacting Council’s Customer Service Centre on (03) 6216 6800 or visiting Council’s website.


Dog Registration Fees for 2019/2020 Standard Fee Overdue Fee
Non De-sexed $89.00 $126.00
De-sexed $42.00 $94.00
Non De-sexed (Concession) $63.00 $88.00
De-sexed (Concession) $30.00 $66.00 
Working Dog $89.00 $126.00
Guide and Hearing Dog 


Owners are requested to notify Council if the dog is still being kept 


Owners are requested to notify Council if the dog is still being kept