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View our dog ownership brochure.View our Dog Control newsletter.
You are legally required to have your dog micro-chipped. You are required to provide Council with your dog's microchip details.
Working dogs kept solely for driving herd stock are exempt from the requirement to be micro-chipped.
Working dogs do not need to be micro-chipped but you will have to declare it to Council.
Download a Working Dog Declaration form
You need to apply to the Council for a permit if you want to have more than two dogs in an urban-zoned area of the district. When applying for a permit, you will need:
All dogs must be registered and any changes must be notified to Council.
Download a 3+ Dog Permit application form
Learn more in our Dog Control Bylaw
Learn more in our Dog Control Policy
If you see a dog wandering or want to make a noise complaint, get in touch with Council right away on 03 307 7700 (this number is available 24 hours, 7 days a week).
Calls will be dispatched to Animal Control Services and actioned as soon as possible.
Dogs caught wandering will be impounded and the owner charged an impounding fee for release and a sustenance fee for each day the dog is impounded.
If a dog owner fails to comply with Dog Control regulations they may be issued with an infringement notice and fined.
View the schedule of offences and fees