Dog Registration and Microchipping


All dogs that are over three (3) months of age that have been in Darwin for one month must be registered annually. There are many benefits to registration:

  • It is your proof of ownership.
  • Council can return lost pets to their owners quickly.
  • You can be contacted easily if your pet is involved in an accident/incident and requires veterinary treatment.
  • You have access to useful information as owners receive an information package outlining their responsibilities when they register their pet.
  • Fees provide a source of funds for Council’s education and enforcement programs.

Payment Options

1. At the Civic Centre, Harry Chan Avenue, Darwin City, where Eftpos facilities are available.

2. At any Australia Post Office (forms are available).

3. By post with the completed Application For Registration form enclosed and cheque or credit card details to City of Darwin, GPO Box 84 Darwin NT 0801.

Conditions of Registration

When you register your dog for the first time, you will receive an information package that outlines
registration conditions and your responsibilities as a dog owner in Darwin.

To register your dog you must agree:

  •  to have your dog microchipped
  • to adequately contain your dog at all times
  • to apply for a licence if you intend to keep more than two dogs.


All dogs living in Darwin must have an approved, permanent microchip (or electronic subcutaneous device) as a condition of registration. Microchips allow Council Rangers, vets and RSPCA staff to quickly identify your dog by scanning them with a microchip reader. The microchip gives your dog a unique number which can be matched on databases that store information about your dog and your contact details. This helps with the speedy return of dogs that are lost, at large or injured. Microchipping is available at the Council Pound and RSPCA as well as vet surgeries

Licence R3dogsequirements

Under the By-laws owners may keep two registered dogs on one property. If you want to keep more than two dogs on your property, you will need to apply for a licence from Council. Each application attracts a fee. When Council assesses the application, they will search for any previous complaints against you (the owner), consult with neighbours and check that the premises is suitable and has adequate fencing. When licences are granted they may be approved with specific conditions.


Council employs Council Rangers whose job is to enforce registration requirements. If your dog is not registered and microchipped or you do not have a licence if required, you may be fined in accordance with the By-laws (63 (1) Keep Unregistered Cat or Dog and 63A (1) Fail to Comply with Condition of Registration).