Kennel Licence - Dogs - City of Darwin - Northern Territory


You will need this licence if you intend to keep more than two cats or dogs on your property.

Please note that the council will only consider new licence applications where:

  • the number of dogs at the premises does not exceed 3
  • the number of cats at the premises does not exceed 3
  • the total number of cats and dogs does not exceed 4.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.




Variable; refer to your local Council.

Additional information

Licences will only be granted following a thorough assessment that includes:   

  • an inspection of the property to consider - the size of the property (minimum lot size 400 square metres)
  • whether the fence is adequate to contain the animals an overall assessment of the premises as a suitable environment for the number of animals proposed to be kept at the premises
  • consultation with adjoining neighbours and surrounding properties
  • complaint history including consideration of any previous breach by or substantiated complaint against the owner under the council by-laws
  • consideration of species, breed and temperament of the animals.

Administering agency

City of Darwin

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Customer Service Centre

City of Darwin

Operating address: Harry Chan Avenue,
Northern Territory
Mailing address: GPO BOX 84
Darwin, Northern Territory 0801
Phone: 08 8930 0300
Website: City of Darwin (Opens in new window)