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Animals and pets

Animals and pets are important to the community and the Launceston City Council is committed to ensuring the responsible ownership of dogs within the municipal area. To promote responsible ownership the Council ensures its policies are consistent with community expectations and are designed to encourage a compatible relationship between dog owners and non-dog owners.
All dog owners residing and visiting the Launceston municipal area must abide by the regulations contained in the Dog Control Act 2000.

An amendment has been made to the Dog Control Act 2000 stating that all dogs over the age of six months need to be implanted with a microchip, to ensure all dogs can be identified if lost or stolen. Failure to do so could result in a fine being issued.

If your dog has a microchip implanted, please contact the Council and supply the microchip number, which will then be attached to your dog's details on our Animal Register. If you no longer have the dog or if the dog is deceased we would appreciate being contacted so we can update our records. 

Please call the Council's Customer Service Centre on 03 6323 3000 during office hours and quote your dogs Registration Tag Number. 

Dog Registration
Every dog over the age of six months must be registered on an annual basis. Apart from being a legal requirement, registration helps the Council to return lost or straying dogs to their rightful owners. The RSPCA or the Launceston City Council will contact you if your dog ends up with them and is wearing its tag.
Registration fees can change from year to year. The up-to-date prices can be viewed in the Council's Fees and Charges or you can call the Council's Customer Service Centre on 03 6323 3000.
If you do not renew your registration before 31 July each year, a late penalty applies.

How to register your dog

1.  Print and complete the registration form

Dog Registration Form (PDF 73KB)

2.  Forward completed form with copies of any additional documentation:

      Vet Certificate (If dog is desexed)
      Microchip details (this is a State Government legal requirement)
      Purebred papers (If your dog is purebred)
      Pension card (If you have one - please copy both sides)
      Kennel club registration (if registering as a purebred dog)
      Tasmanian Canine Association membership (if registering as a TCA dog)

 3.  Submit your registration form and documentation by:

      email to or
      mail to PO Box 396 Launceston Tas 7250 or
      in person at the Customer Service Centre, Town Hall, St John Street, Launceston

4.  Pay the fee

     Receive your dog's lifetime registration tag
     Place the registration tag on your dog's collar

The registration tag is issued for the life of your dog.  One side of the tag is plain so that you can have your dog's name and contact details engraved if you wish.

Replacement tags are available for a minimal cost if lost or damaged.
Kennel Licence Fact Sheet and Application Form (PDF 118KB)
Change of Address Form (PDF 122KB)

Dog Education
The Council recognises the significant contribution a well-trained and cared for dog can make within society. Therefore a strong emphasis is placed on education to ensure that all dog owners and potential dog owners are encouraged to behave responsibly.
Dog Education Program

Nuisance Dogs and Complaints
The Council can assist residents if they have a problem with barking, attacking, straying or nuisance dogs.

Not all complaints have a nasty ending, as compromise is reached on many occasions.
Try approaching the owners of a nuisance dog and working the problem out together. You should also advise the owner of the dog that if the problem isn't fixed you will contact the Council's Animal Control Officer.
For more information please call the Council's Customer Service Centre on 03 6323 3000.

Stray Dogs
The City of Launceston understands the important role pets play in families across Northern Tasmania.

We do our very best to reunite lost dogs with their owners. For our Animal Rangers, returning a lost dog to its rightful owner is one of the most rewarding parts of the job.

There are some simple things you can do to help us, like making sure your dog is microchipped and registered, and ensuring your yard is secure.

The Council responds to calls about stray dogs between 8.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.  Call us on 6323 3000.

Business hours
If the dog has a registration tag, we'll contact the owner to collect the dog from you. If the owner can't be found or you can't hold the dog, our Animal Rangers will collect the dog from you and take it to the RSPCA.  When a dog is taken to the RSPCA, it is cared for there until the owner collects it; or until a new home is found for it.

The Council does not respond to calls about stray dogs after hours.  If you find a stray dog after 5pm and before 8.30am Monday to Friday; or at any time during the weekend, please do one of the following:

  • If the dog has a tag (and the RSPCA is open) - call our after hour's service on 6323 3333 and quote the tag number.  They will try to put the owner in contact with you so that the dog can be collected.  If the owner can't be contacted, the after hour's service will ask if you can keep it with you until the owner can be contacted, or take it to the RSPCA. They may ask you to care for the dog until the next working day when our Animal Rangers can come to collect it.
  • If the dog doesn't have a tag (and the RSPCA is open) - take it to the RSPCA, or keep it with you until the next working day when you can call us and our Animal Ranger will come to collect it.
  • If the RSPCA is closed - try to keep the dog with you until the next working day. Then call us and our Animal Ranger will arrange to come and collect it.

To see the RSPC's opening hours, click here

Dog Exercise Areas
A number of Council's parks allow people to exercise their dogs in these areas. Please familiarise yourself with signage before entering the park or reserve to make sure dogs are allowed in that area. There may be restrictions such as no dogs, dogs on leash or dogs off leash. In addition some parks have different time restrictions for dogs.
It is also possible to have different dog restrictions in different areas in the same park or reserve.
Here are some simple rules to follow when you are exercising your dog in a public area:
  • Please make sure you always carry a bag to pick up after your dog. There is a fine for not cleaning up;
  • Have your dog under effective control at all times and ensure it does not bother other people;
  • No dogs are to be within 10 metres of a playground, barbeque area or sporting event; and
  • Dogs are excluded from areas containing significant vegetation in all reserves.