New Dog Registration

Registering your dog for the first time

All dogs over three months old must be registered and microchipped under the Dog Act 1976

The City promotes lifetime registration. Payment is due at the time of application.

How do I register a dog? 

  1. Get your electronic documents ready

    • Your dog's 15 digit microchip number (you can get this from your local vet)
    • Your dog's Sterilisation Certificate if applicable. Proof is required – either a sterilisation certificate signed by the vet, or a signed statutory declaration. The microchip certificate if not sufficient.
    • Your pension/seniors card if applicable. A copy of a valid concession card must be provided to obtain the concession rate.  Health Care Cards are not accepted.​

    How much does it cost? 

    • Note: If your dog is not sterilised at the time of application you must pay the unsterilised rate.
    • Just a reminder that if you select a 1 year payment this expires on 31 October of that year.  Renewals will be sent prior to the expiry.
    Length of registration Cost for STERILISED dog ($)

    Cost for UNSTERILISED dog ($)

    1 year

    $20 ($10 pensioner concession)

    $50 ($25 pensioner concession)

    3 years

    $42.50 ($21.25 pensioner concession)

    $120 ($60 pensioner concession)


    $100 ($50 pensioner concession)

    $250 ($125 pensioner concession)

  2. Complete your registration application

    Please note: One Registration Application is to be completed per dog.  Please do not submit duplicate registration application for same dog.

    All dogs that are on the property must be registered. If there are more than two dogs please also contact Ranger Services.

    Within 5 minutes of completing your application you will receive an email requesting you to make payment for the registration. Payment must be made on the day you submit your Application. 

  3. Make your payment online

    • Go to your email requesting you to make payment and open the attachment. Select the blue 'Make Payment' link.

    • If you do  not receive a request to make payment email, please contact Ranger Services by email or on 08 9411 3444. Please allow 5 minutes after completing your application to receive your email requesting you to make payment. Payment is required at the time of application.

    • ​You will be contacted if the payment or correct documents have not been provided. Failure to provide this information after requested may result in a Caution email and then a posted Infringement.​
    • Once your Application has been assessed, payment has been received and all required documents provided, you will receive an email advising you that your Application has been completed.
  4. Receiving your tag

    Once your payment has been verified and your Registration Application has been completed, a tag will be posted to your address.

    If you have not received your tag within two weeks, please contact Ranger Services on 08 9411 3444. 

Register your dog now

Frequently asked questions

I want to sterilise my dog later in the year, can I pay the discounted rate now?

No, you will need to register your dog as unsterilised now and pay the unsterilised rate. Once you have sterilised your dog you will need to forward a signed copy of the Sterilisation Certificate to Ranger Services by email so that your pet's records can be updated accordingly. The renewal fee will be discounted to the sterilised rate.

My dog is sterilised, can I get a discount?

You will only be able to pay the discounted fee if your dog is sterilised at the time of completing the application. A copy of your signed Sterilisation Certificate must be provided when completing the Registration Application. If you do not have a copy of the certificate or are unable to obtain a copy from your vet, please upload a completed Statutory Declaration Form when completing your registration form. If you do not provide a valid Sterilisation Certificate or Statutory Declaration Form you will be contacted to pay the unsterilised rate.

I don't know my dogs microchip number

All dogs must be microchipped under the Dog Act 1976. You may obtain the microchip number from vet records you may already have, by contacting your vet or visiting a local vet. If you are still unable to obtain the number please call Ranger Services on 08 9411 3444.

I am having trouble completing the form

Please call Customer Services on 08 9411 3444 for assistance.

Can I also register my cat online?

No, cat registrations are not available online yet. Please use the following link to complete the Cat Registration Form and return it by email to the City for processing. 

I need to register my cat and my dog

Your dog can be registered online however your cat will need to be registered separately by using a hard copy of the Cat Registration Form and submitting it once signed and completed. Your completed form can be emailed to Ranger Services for processing. 

How do I register my declared Dangerous dog, restricted breed or guard dog?

You will not be able to register your dog online. Please call Ranger Services on 08 9411 3444 to find out how to register your dog.

My dog is registered with another Council but I have now moved into the City of Cockburn, how do I transfer my dogs registration?

If you are moving into the City of Cockburn and your dog is already currently registered with another Council, you cannot register your dog Online. Please complete a Transfer of New Dog Registration Form and identify which Council you are transferring from on the top of the form. We will confirm all details with your previous Council and post you out one of our tags.

What if my dog is now sterilised, has changed addresses or has died?

You will need to complete a Change of Animal Status Form for any changes that occur for you or your dog. If your dog has been sterilised please provide the Sterilisation Certificate as well as the completed Change of Animal Status Form. Only the owner can request changes to a registration.

Transfer of existing dog registrations to the City of Cockburn

If you are moving into the City of Cockburn and your dog is already registered with another Council, please complete the Online Animal Transfer Form. Once completed we will confirm all details with your previous Council and post you out one of our tags.

Dangerous, restricted breed and guard dogs

Dangerous, restricted breed and guard dogs are not eligible for online registration. Please contact Ranger Services on 08 9411 3444 for more information.

What are my responsibilities as a dog owner?

As a responsible dog owner, you must abide by all relevant legislation and be accountable for the welfare of your dog and the environment. Failure to comply may result in infringements being issued in excess of $200 and further legal proceedings may be considered.

Dog owners must:

  1. Abide by the Dog Act 1976 and Dog Regulations
  2. Microchip their dog
  3. Register their dog with their local Council.
For more information, view the responsible dog ownership page.

More information and contact

For more information please email Ranger Services or call the CIty on 08 9411 3444.

Related Documents

Document name Downloadable files
Animal Management and Exercise Plan 2020-2025PDF document



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