Council’s new Dog Management By-laws came into effect on 5 July 2017. All dogs over the age of 3 months that are kept within the municipality for a period of 3 months or more, must now be registered.
Council provides dog owners with the option of annual and lifetime registration, with the annual registration period commencing on 1 September and expiring on 31 August each year. Registration fees are outlined on the dog registration form which can be found here.
Completed registration forms can be submitted, either in person at the Council office located on Bees Creek Road, by email to email@example.com or by post to PO Box 446 Humpty Doo NT 0836.
|Forms and Documents|
Dog Registration Form » (4 dogs per form)
|Working Dog Statutory Declaration »|
|Surrender Dog »|
With the aim of promoting responsible pet ownership, Council provide heavily discounted registration fees for de-sexed dogs. Dogs that are de-sexed are less likely to wander, fight or cause a nuisance in the community. De-sexing also assists in reducing the number of unwanted puppies and dogs that are often dumped or unclaimed from the pound.
A pensioner concession of 50% of the normal fee is provided for de-sexed dogs.
There are no discounts or concessions available for dog owners who own entire dogs, unless you are a registered breeder.
Registered Breeders (Entire Dog)
Owners of entire dogs who are members of Dogs NT and who have agreed to abide by the North Australian Canine Association Rules and Regulations, including the Code of Ethics, are offered a reduced registration fee.
Declared Dangerous Dogs
Council may declare a dog to be dangerous if the dog menaces or attacks a person or animal; or, if an authorised person believes on reasonable grounds that the dog is destructive, dangerous, savage or a threat to the safety of the community.
Apart from an increased registration fee, the following conditions apply to dangerous dog registration:
- Dangerous dog signage (provided by Council) is to be erected on the property where the dog is kept;
- When the dog is not on its property, the dog must be in control of a person who is 18 years or over and must be muzzled and leashed.
Further information about dangerous dog requirements can be found in Part 2 Division 5 of the Litchfield Council Dog Management By-laws.
To qualify for the working dog concession, dog owners will be required to provide evidence that they are carrying on a business of primary production.
Registration is free for assistance dogs, which are dogs that have been trained by a recognised assistance dog training institution, and that are required to assist a person who is wholly or partially blind or deaf; or, who has another form of disability requiring the use of an assistance dog.
Service dogs, ie dogs that are in the service of the Police, Defence or other government agency, are also exempt from registration fees.
Litchfield residents who adopt a dog from PAWS Darwin or RSPCA Darwin will receive FREE registration to the end of the current annual registration period. Registration will be completed at the animal shelter at the time of adoption and a registration tag will be issued to the dog owner.