Registering your dog

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New Registrations

In Western Australia, all dogs over three months of age must be registered with a Local Government.  

To register your dog or transfer your dog registration to the City of Swan, you will need to complete a Dog Registration Form(PDF, 679KB).

Once your dog is registered with your local government, you will be issued a registration certificate, as well as a valid registration tag which your dog is required to wear on its collar.

A registered animal is easier to identify and reunite with its owner if lost or injured. It provides valuable information on the City’s dog population to help investigate and resolve dog problems and helps plan for animal facilities, such as exercise areas.

To advise the City of Swan of any changes in your dog registration, please contact Customer Support on 08 9267 9267.

Returning your form

Forms can be returned in the following ways:

In Person

Visit our Administration Centre at 2 Midland Square, Midland between the hours of 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday
or one of our libraries. Please note that our libraries only accept credit card and EFTPOS payments.

By Post

To PO Box 196, Midland, WA, 6936

By Email

Scanned copies of registration forms can be accepted via email to swan@swan.wa.gov.au

Registration renewals

To pay your dog registration renewal online, please see Dog Registration Renewal.

Microchipping

All owners of dogs aged three months and over, are required to have their dog microchipped.

A dog is only exempt from microchipping if a veterinarian issues a certificate stating that the implantation of a microchip may adversely affect the health and welfare of the animal.

A microchip is a permanent form of identification which allows a dog to be identified 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, meaning that lost pets can be identified much more easily and returned more quickly. Contact your vet for more information on having your pet microchipped.

Have you moved? - If you have recently moved address or your contact details have changed since your dog was microchipped, please ensure that you contact the Central Animal Registry on (02) 9704 1450.  A microchip is only as useful as its contact details!

For more information, please contact the City’s Community Safety team on 9267 9267.

Fees

Registration fees help fund education programs to encourage responsible animal ownership and patrol services to reduce the number of stray dogs.

Fees for a sterilised dog*
Renewal Full fee Pension / concession^
1 year $20 $10
3 year $42.50 $21.25
Lifetime $100 $50

 *Proof of sterilisation will be required for first time registrations.
^ Proof of Pensioner Concession must be provided each time a payment is made.

 

Fees for an unsterilised dog
Renewal Full fee Pension / concession^
1 year $50 $25
3 year $120 $60
Lifetime $250 $125

^ Proof of Pensioner Concession must be provided each time a payment is made.

Lost tags and change of address

Lost tags and change of address

If your dog has lost its registration tag, please contact us on 9267 9267 for a replacement tag free of charge. 

If you have recently moved address or your contact details have changed since your dog was microchipped, please ensure that you contact:

  • the Central Animal Registry on (02) 9704 1450.  A microchip is only as useful as its contact details!
  • the City on 9267 9267 or swan@swan.wa.gov.au so your new address can be recorded with your dog's registration details. 

Registrations are valid state-wide. If you move between local government areas, you are required to complete the required dog registration transfer papers.

Fines and penalties

In Western Australia, all dogs over three months of age must be registered with a Local Government.  

  • If a dog is found wandering, it may be taken to the pound and an infringement notice of $200 may be issued.
  • If a dog is not claimed within the maximum period of 7 days, the animal becomes the property of the pound and in time may be sold or euthanised.
  • It is an offence for your dog not to wear a collar with the registration tag and you can be given an on-the-spot fine of $200 for failure to do so.