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. Registering and microchipping your dog makes it easier for our Rangers to help return your pet to you if they become lost.
Why should I register my dog? What does my dog's registration pay for?
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.
I want to sterilise my dog later in the year, can I pay the discounted rate now?
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.
When do I have to renew my dog’s registration?
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.
What confirmation will I get that my registration/renewal has been processed?
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.
How can I find my dog’s microchip number?
You will receive a registration certificate and tag by post to confirm your dog’s registration/renewal has been processed.
I have just moved to the City of Melville, do I need to register my dog?
You can find your dog’s microchip number from vet records you already have, by contacting your vet, or visiting a local vet.
What should I do if I move to a new address within the City of Melville?
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.
How many dogs can I have registered at my property?
You must notify us of your new address in writing. You can do this in person, by email or via our General Animal Maintenance Form.
How do I notify you if I have sold my dog, or given them to a new owner?
Our local laws allow two dogs to be registered per property.
What do I need to do if my dog has died or left the City of Melville area?
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 if my dog’s tag is lost or damaged?
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.
Can I register my dog if it has been declared dangerous or is a restricted breed?
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 assistance dog?
Yes, but in these instance you can only register for one year and the registration must renewed annually.
What is the difference between sterilisation and vaccination?
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
My dog is microchipped – does that mean it is also registered?
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.
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.