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 2023 to 30 June 2024.

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.

Dog registration Standard fee 2023-24 Total fee (including penalty) if paid after 1 August 
General registration $165 $247
General registration (desexed dog) $122 $182
Preferred owner $92 $138
Rural working $57 $85
Disability assist no charge no charge
Certified for use by specified agency no charge no charge
Preferred owner application $60  

Dog registration fees are set under the Dog Control Act 1996. Disability assist and specified agency are as defined in section 2 of the Act.

These fees are set under S.68 of the Dog Control Act 1996.
Pound fees for dogs  
When a dog is registered, 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.  
Where a dog is registered, microchipped, has no involvement with animal management within the past 12 months, and needs to be held in the pound pending same-day collection. $50
First impound $138
Second impound, within 12 months of first impound $208
Third or subsequent impound, within 12 months of previous impound $278
Daily charge per dog per day or part of a day $21
Surrender of a dog $92
Adoption fee (covers microchipping, vaccination, neutering, flea and worm treatment). Additionally, a pro-rata registration will apply. $400


Set under the Impounding Act 1955.
Pound fees for all animals other than dogs Per head
First offence $124 
Repeated offence $187
Sustenance and care $15 per day
Supplementary feed for stock 150% of sustenance charge

Other fees

These fees may be added to the fixed fees list above or may be applied as a single 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 $65 
Subsequent impounds within 12 months $98 
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 $208
Animal Management Officer/Kennel Manager $147
Administration Staff $134
Environmental Protection Services Manager $257
General Manager/Group Manager $274

The Environmental Protection Services Manager 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).