Dog Registration

Dog Registration

There is State Government legislation in place to ensure control and registration of dogs and cats in our community.  The State Government also sets all of the fees associated with the control and registration of dogs and cats.  The City of Melville is responsible for enforcing and administering this legislation in our community.

Important Information You Need to Know.

  • You can register your dog for the first time all year round.
  • Your dog must be registered and micro-chipped from 3 months of age and older.
  • Your dogs registration expires on 31 October, unless you register your pet for life.
  • You can register your dog for the duration of its life.  You can also transfer this lifetime registration between local governments. 
  • You are being a responsible dog owner by registering and microchipping your dog and ensuring they wear a collar.
  • Registering and microchipping your dog makes it easier for our Rangers to help return your pet to you if they become lost.
  • If you register your dog after 1 June each year, half the normal fee is applicable for a one year registration only (registration will expire on the 31 October).
  • Concession rates apply for sterilised dogs.
  • Concession rates apply for dogs owned by pensioners.  You must produce a copy of your Pension Concession Card or both Commonwealth and State Seniors Cards to qualify.
  • There is no registration fee for assistance dogs (DLGSC approved).
  • You must notify the City of any change in your details e.g. change of ownership, address or death of your dog.  See our FAQ’s below to find out more. 

Registration Options and Fees

Length Of RegistrationCost for STERILISED DogCost for UNSTERILISED Dog
Life$100.00 ($50.00 pensioner concession)$250.00 ($125.00 pensioner concession)
3 Years$42.50 ($21.25 pensioner concession)$120.00 ($60.00 pensioner concession)
1 Year$20.00 ($10.00 pensioner concession)$50.00 ($25.00 pensioner concession)

 

Registering Your Dog for the First Time

You can register your dog for the first time all year round.  Before you register, make sure you have:

  • Your dogs 15 digit microchip number, and/or microchip certificate.
  • Your dogs sterilisation certificate (if applicable).
  • Your Pension/Seniors Cards (if applicable).

Register your dog online or submit a completed Application Form using one of the following methods.  Please ensure you provide all the correct information and supporting documentation so we can process your dog’s registration as quickly as possible. 

  • By email to melinfo@melville.wa.gov.au
  • By post: City of Melville, Locked Bag 1, Booragoon WA 6954
  • In person: City of Melville Civic Centre, 10 Almondbury Road, Booragoon between 8.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Register Your Dog Online

Renewing Your Dogs Registration Online

Your dog’s registration expires on 31 October, unless you renew your pet for life.  You will receive a renewal notice from us in September if your dog’s registration is due for renewal.  Renewals are due by the 31 October and failure to renew the registration may result in an infringement being issued.

Once you have received your renewal notice from us you can pay your dog's renewal registration online , via BPAY (refer to your renewal notice) or return the completed renewal notice to us using one of the following methods.

  • By email to melinfo@melville.wa.gov.au
  • By post: City of Melville, Locked Bag 1, Booragoon WA 6954
  • In person: City of Melville Civic Centre, 10 Almondbury Road, Booragoon between 8.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Renew Your Dogs Registration Online

Commonly Asked Questions

Why should I register my dog?

All dogs in Western Australia must be micro-chipped and registered from three months of age and older.This is a Western Australian Government requirement.The main reason for registering your dog though is so our Rangers have your details and can return your pet if they become lost.Owners who don't register their pets can be fined $200.

What does my dog's registration pay for?

Dog registration fees fund and improve facilities such as the pound and dog off-leash areas.They also contribute to handling of animal-related requests, including returning lost pets and animal related investigations.

I want to sterilise my dog later in the year, can I pay the discounted rate now?

You will need to register your dog as unsterilised now and pay the unsterilised rate.Once you have sterilised your dog you must notify us either online through our General Animal Maintenance Form, or by post, email, or in person so that your pets records can be updated.  You must provide a copy of the sterilisation certificate.  The registration fee will be discounted to the sterilised rate and you will be refunded as prescribed.

When do I have to renew my dog’s registration?

Your dog’s registration expires on 31 October, unless you renew your pet for life.You will receive a renewal notice from us in September if your dog’s registration is due for renewal.

What confirmation will I get that my registration/renewal has been processed?

You will receive a registration certificate and tag by post to confirm your dog’s registration/renewal has been processed.

How can I find my dog’s microchip number?

You can find your dog’s microchip number from vet records you already have, by contacting your vet, or visiting a local vet.

I have just moved to the City of Melville, do I need to register my dog?

Dogs need to be registered to the address they are ordinarily kept at.If your dog is currently registered with another council in WA then you can transfer this registration free of charge.To do this complete a new registration (as if you are registering your dog with us for the first time) and make sure you include details of your current registration.

What should I do if I move to a new address within the City of Melville?

You must notify us of your new address. You can do this verbally over the phone and in person, or in writing by email or via our General Animal Maintenance Form.

How many dogs can I have registered at my property?

Our local laws allow two dogs to be registered per property.

How do I notify you if I have sold my dog, or given them to a new owner?

Please contact our Customer Relations Team or use our General Animal Maintenance Form to request a copy of our Transfer of Dog Ownership Form. You must complete this form and return it to us so that the pets records can be updated.

What do I need to do if my dog has died or left the City of Melville area?

You must notify us in writing if your dog is deceased or you have moved out of the City of Melville area.This can be via email or our General Animal Maintenance Form. If you do not have online access you can attend our Civic Centre in person and our Customer Relations staff will assist you to complete the General Animal Maintenance Form. 

What if my dog’s tag is lost or damaged?

You can notify us verbally over the phone and in person, or in writing by email, or using our Animal Maintenance Form.  We will send you a replacement tag by post. 

Can I register my dog if it has been declared dangerous or is a restricted breed?

Yes, but in these instance you can only register for one year and the registration must renewed annually.

Can I register my assistance dog?

Yes, but in these instances you can only register your dog for one year and the registration must be renewed annually.

 

You must provide evidence that your dog is an active assistance dog by providing supporting documents from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC)

 

DLGSC states, “Not all dogs are an assistance dog even if they assist you in some way. An assistance dog is a dog that is specially trained to assist a person to alleviate or manage the effect of that person's disability or medical condition.”

 

For more information about assistance dogs or to get your dog approved as an assistance dog, visit https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/local-government/community/cats-and-dogs/applying-for-assistance-dog-approval

What is the difference between sterilisation and vaccination?

Sterilisation is surgical desexing that involves removing part of the reproductive system of an animal whilst under a general anaesthetic. Animal vaccination is the immunisation of an animal against harmful diseases. 

My dog is microchipped – does that mean it is also registered?

No. Microchipping your dog does not automatically mean your dog has been registered. Contact our Customer Relations Team if you are unsure if your dog is registered with us. 

Useful Links

For more information visit Shenton Park Dog Rescue or email enquiries2@dogshome.org.au or call 9381 8166.
 

Non-profit organisation which uses volunteers and works closely with vets. All dogs that are rehoused through them are sterilised and vaccinated and this is included in the cost for each animal.

Contact Sue Downs on 9397 1177, email poundwatch@westnet.com.au or visit Pound Watch.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Western Australia Inc.

For more information visit the RSPCA or call 9209 9300.

The National Desexing Network (NDN) is based in Queensland but they have a list of vets in WA on their books. The NDN can help residents finding it difficult to pay for the cost of desexing.

For more information visit the National Desexing Network.

For more information visit WA Rangers Assocation or call 9448 7565.

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