Animals and pets
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.
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 City of Launceston will contact you if your dog ends up with them and is wearing its tag.
1. Print and complete the registration formDog 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)
email to firstname.lastname@example.org or
mail to PO Box 396 Launceston Tas 7250 or
in person at the Customer Service Centre, Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm
Town Hall, St John Street, Launceston
4. Pay the fee
Receive your dog's lifetime registration tag
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.
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 Control Officers, 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.
If the dog has a registration tag, we will 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 Control Officers will collect the dog from you and take it to the RSPCA. When a dog is taken to the RSPCA, it is cared for until the owner collects it; or until a new home is found.
Out of hours
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 hours 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 hours service will ask if you can keep it with you until the owner can be contacted, or if you can take it to the RSPCA. They may ask you to care for the dog until the next working day when our Animal Control Officers 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 Control Officers 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 Control Officers will arrange to come and collect it.
To see the RSPCA opening hours, click here
Dog Exercise Areas
A number of Council 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.
- 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.