Animal management fees and charges

Here are the fees we charge for animal management, including dog registration fees and pound charges.

All charges include GST, effective from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022. 

Dog registration and dog impounding fees are imposed under the Dog Control Act 1996. Impounding fees and droving charges are imposed under the Impounding Act 1955. The fees and charges are necessary to recover the cost to Council of providing these services.

Fixed fees

These charges cover the standard cost to Council in carrying out the work listed. However, additional charges may be charged depending on the circumstances, such as additional inspection fees that may be incurred in doing the work noted below.  

These fees are set under the Dog Control Act 1996.
 Dog registration Standard fee from 1 July 2021  Total fee including penalties if paid after 1 August 2021 
General registration   $148  $222
General registration (desexed dog)  $110  $165
Preferred owner   $88  $130
Rural working  $51  $76.50
Disability assist (defined section 2 of the Dog Control Act 1996)  No charge  No charge
Certified for use by a specified agency (defined section 2 of the Dog Control Act 1996)  No charge  No charge
Preferred owner application  $60  


These fees are set under S.68 of the Dog Control Act 1996.
 Pound fees for dogs  
Where a dog is registered and microchipped and has no history within the past 12 months of involvement with our Animal Management services, it may be returned home at no cost.  
First impound  $124


Second impound, within 12 months of first impound


Third or subsequent impound, within 12 months of previous impound

 Daily charge per dog per day or part of a day


 Destruction of dog


 Adoption fee (covers microchipping, vaccination, neutering, registration, flea and worm treatment)




Set under the Impounding Act 1955.
 Pound fees for all animals other than dogs  Per head
 First offence


 Repeated offence


 Sustenance and care


 $15 per day
 Supplementary feed for stock  150% of sustenance charge
Normal hours are 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory and public holidays.
Emergency release of animals from pound outside normal hours  
First impound $61 
Subsequent impounds within 12 months $92 

Other fees

These fees may be added to the fixed fees list above or may be applied as a single charge. 

 Driving charges  
 Hire transport Actual cost incurred by Council 
 Council vehicles  $2.26 per kilometre


 To carry out microchipping  $20 per dog


 Charges for Council staff  Rate per hour (or part thereof) 
 Team Leader Animal Management and Education  $187
 Animal Control Officer  $132

 Administration Staff

 Head of Environmental Protection Services  $226
 General Manager  $246

The Head of Environmental Protection Services is authorised to remit, reduce or refund the dog control fee or part of the fee in any particular case or class of dog where there are special grounds for doing so.

The registration fee for a dog that is declared a dangerous dog will be 150% of the level that would apply if it were not so classified (as required by section 32 (1)(e) of the Dog Control Act 1996).