Registrations, Licences and Permits

Changes to ACT Dog and Cat Laws

Transport Canberra and City Services

The Domestic Animals Act 2000 and the Array are the pieces of legislation in the ACT of relevance to domestic animals. These changes include lifetime dog registration, compulsory microchipping of dogs at point of sale, improved regulation of dangerous and attacking dogs, cat de-sexing at 3 months of age and licensing the keeping of multiple cats.

Dog Registration

Transport Canberra and City Services

It is compulsory for all dogs in the ACT over the age of 8 weeks to be registered. Find information about how to register, registration renewal, dog tags, desexing, multiple dog licences and dangerous dog licences.

Domestic Animal Services

Transport Canberra and City Services

Find information on lost, found and impounded dogs, dog registration, infringements, dog and cat laws, dog care tips, fees and charges and domestic animal and animal welfare legislation in the ACT. Report dogs excessive barking, also information on breeding licences and requirements.

Keeping a Dangerous Dog

Transport Canberra and City Services

A dangerous dog is a dog that the Registrar of Dogs, located in Domestic Animal Services, has declared to be dangerous (usually because of attacking behaviour) or a dog that has been declared dangerous in another State or Territory.

Legislation to stop puppy and kitten farms

Transport Canberra and City Services

Animal breeding legislation to outlaw puppy and kitten farms in the ACT was introduced on Tuesday 15 September 2015.

Licensing of plants and animals in the ACT

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

Information on who needs a licence, responsibilities of licence holders, exempt and protected animals and plants, keeping snakes, retiles, frogs and related information.

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