The Domestic Animals Act 1994 requires all cats and dogs to be registered with the Council where they reside after the age of three months.
Please note no registration can be accepted without proof of microchipping1.
Details relating to services covered by animal registration fees can be found online.
Dogs currently registered with Greyhound Racing Victoria are not required to be registered with Council.
Payment of fee is not required for registration of a Guide dog.
The Guide dog rate is applicable to an animal owner with vision or hearing impairment (Section 7 of the Domestic Animals Act 1994).
A microchip is a permanent form of animal identification, and unlike a collar or tag, a microchip cannot be lost.
For additional information on microchipping please refer to the DEDJTR website.
Council is unable, by law, to register a new (not previously registered) dog or cat that has not been implanted with a microchip.
Dogs and cats that move into the municipality (even if previously registered in another municipality) are considered to be 'new'.
The owner of the animal must produce proof of microchip implant. For entitlements to reduced registration fees,the owner of the animal must produce proof of sterilisation, membership of approved association, obedience papers, breeding licence, or statutory declaration/tax return for proof of working dog status.
1. Proof of microchipping
If you do not have proof of microchipping please ask your animal's veterinarian to complete the Microchip/sterilisation advice form.
This form can also be used for proof of sterilisation. You can also contact a Local Laws Officer on (03) 5450 9333 who will scan your animal for a microchip.
2. Desexed / sterilised
A certificate of sterilisation from a veterinarian which includes the microchip number or other information which clearly identifies the animal.
3. Applicable Organisations
If the animal is registered with an applicable organisation (and the animal owner is a current financial member of that Organisation) you are entitled to a reduced rate for registration. Applicable organisations are as follows:
- Australian National Cats Inc.
- Feline Control Council of Victoria Inc.
- The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy Australia and Victoria Inc.
4. Obedience trained
Dogs that have undergone obedience training; which complies with the regulations; will meet the criteria for the reduced fee for registration.
Approved Obedience Training Organisations
The following organisations have been approved by the Minister for Agriculture as approved obedience training organisations in accordance with the requirements of Regulation 52 of the Domestic Animals Regulations:
- Australian Association of Professional Dog Trainers Inc
- The Gentle Dog Trainers Association Inc
- Dogs Victoria
- Four Paws K9 Training
5. Working dogs
The reduced fee is applicable to - Dogs kept or used as or being trained to be farm working dogs
6. Pensioner Concession
Example of calculation for Pensioner Concession rate:
Residents who either have a new cat or dog can complete an application for domestic animal registration form below:
Click here to view form.