Dog Information

Find out about dogs; including dog registration fees and application, microchipping, how many dogs you can keep on your property, responsible dog ownership, barking dogs and dog attacks.

Dogs three months or older need to be microchipped and registered with us. It's important that your dog wears a collar displaying their identification and registration tags, so that they can make it home to you safely if they're lost.

Dog registration fees

Dog registration will apply from the date of registration until 31 October each year.

Partial refunds of registration fees are applicable when you change your dog over from an 'unsterilised' registration to a 'sterilised' registration.

 

For information about registration fee refunds, please email us.

ItemDurationCost
Unsterilised Dog/Bitch 1 year $50
Unsterilised Dog/Bitch 3 years $120
Unsterilised Dog/Bitch Lifetime $250
Steralised Dog/Bitch 1 year  $20
Steralised Dog/Bitch 3 year $42.50
Steralised Dog/Bitch Lifetime $100
Working Dogs 25% of fee
Pensioners 50% of fee

Dog Application Forms

Animal Registration Form

Keeping 3 to 6 Dogs - Application Form

Keeping of 3 to 6 Dogs-Information Note

Transfer animal ownership form

Microchipping your dog

You are required by law to microchip your dog.

Dogs over the age of three months are required to be micro-chipped and registered with a national database, and, with your local government as part of your dog registration requirements.

All dogs and pups are to be micro-chipped by the breeder or seller prior to the sale of the dog. It is the responsibility of the dog owner to ensure that a dog is registered and micro-chipped.

Even apart from the law, if you care for your dog, you should microchip your dog in case it strays and is hurt, sick and/or lost to assist authorities in contacting you.

Microchipping FAQs

I'm buying a dog, who is responsible for microchipping?

A person must not sell or transfer ownership of any dog if it is not microchipped, unless they can produce a certificate from a vet declaring that microchipping the dog will adversely affect its health.

I thought microchipping was registering?

No. Microchips are grain of rice sized identification device that is implanted beneath the animals skin, they became compulsory for new dogs from 1 November 2013 and 1 November 2015 for existing dogs. Microchipping helps local governments to identify lost and stray dogs and to quickly reunite them with their owners. Councils are required under the Act to keep a register of dogs living in the local area, therefore we require you to register your dog with us. Dog registration fees collected are dedicated to animal management and public safety, recreational opportunities for pets and their owners and educational materials.

My dog is microchipped, I didn't know I had to register as well?

Councils are required under the Act to keep a register of dogs living in the local area, therefore we require you to register your dog with us. Dog registration fees collected are dedicated to animal management and public safety, recreational opportunities for pets and their owners and educational materials.

How much does it cost to microchip a dog?

The average cost of microchipping is approximately $55.

I had my dog microchipped years ago and have no idea what the number is, how do I find out?

Contact your local Vet to have the microchip scanned, or contact the Vet/shelter that implanted the microchip for the number.

 How do I update my dog’s microchip details?

If you have the microchip number you can do a search via www.petaddress.com.au and update your contact details online. If you are updating any contact details, please remember to also contact the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale so that we can ensure we have up to date contact information.

How many dogs can I have?

Only two dogs are allowed to be kept at any one residence.

If you're thinking about keeping more than two dogs, a written application must be made to Council with a non-refundable fee of $90.

Puppies may only be kept without a written application until they reach the age of three months.

Keeping 3 to 6 Dogs - Application Form

Keeping of 3 to 6 Dogs-Information Note

Responsible dog ownership

For the well-being and safety of your dog and the community, it is important that you look after your dog responsibly.

Please ensure your dog:

  • Wears a collar displaying your name, address and phone number and its registration tag for easy identification
  • Can be confined to the premises at which it lives
  • Is under the control of a competent person and held by a leash whenever in a public place
  • Is only exercised off-leash in designated areas. If your dog is off the leash, you must carry a leash to ensure it can be restrained if required.  If you or your dog disobeys any of the requirements, you may end up with a fine.

Penalties apply for the following offences:

OffencePenalties
Unregistered dog $200($400 for Dangerous dog)
Dog not held in a public place $200 ($400 for Dangerous dog)
Dog in a place without consent $200 ($400 for Dangerous dog)
Dog attack or chase causing injury $400 (incidents involving Dangerous dog is immediately a legal matter)
Dog attack or chase causing no injury $200 ($400 for Dangerous dog)

Resources:

Lost and Stray Dogs

Your dog should never be allowed to wander as it could cause a nuisance in the community.  Roaming dogs may attack people, wildlife or other animals.  They are also at risk of being hit by a car or causing a car accident.

The best way to stop your dog wandering is to keep it in a safe environment, with secure fences and gates and where it has a comfortable bed with protection from the sun, rain and wind.

If you find a stray dog, try to confine it in your back yard or garage.

If your dog is lost contact our Rangers team and give a full description, so that we can contact you if your dog is located.

Check here to see whether the Rangers have already picked up your dog.