Registration, Identification & Permits

Register your animals for their safe return

Animal Registration, Identification and Permits

Dog and Cat Registration and Identification

It is important that domestic pets such as dogs and cats do not become a risk to local wildlife or stock. Registration ensures that should your pet go missing it can be returned to you as soon as possible.

Every dog and cat three months of age and over must be registered with your local council. Existing registrations must be renewed by 10 April each year. Before council can accept a new animal registration, dogs and cats must be microchipped. Animal Registration Forms are available for download at the base of this page.

From April 11 2013, a new fee schedule for pet registration was introduced. Pet owners with unregistered dogs and cats are no longer able to attract a reduced registration fee for microchipping alone. This change does not affect pets registered prior to this date.

Pet registration is a legal requirement under the Domestic Animals Act 1994. You must register your dog(s) or cat(s) over three months of age with your local council each year. You can be fined $295.00 per pet for not complying.

Animal Registration for the year ending 10 April 2016

Animal Registration fees:

  • Full Fee - $126.00
  • Full Fee Pension Rate - $63.00
  • Reduced Fee - $42.00
  • Reduced Fee Pension Rate – $21.00

For information on criteria to receive the reduced fee see the Registration Discounts FAQ sheet  (PDF, 1.3MB)

Livestock Identification Requirements

Farm animals are very popular with owners of small properties, whether you have a goat to keep the grass down or pony for your children.

There are Council regulations (see Extra Animals Factsheet PDF, 803K)  and state legal requirements you must comply with if you own a farm animal.

The first thing you must do when you are looking to own cattle (cows), sheep, pigs, goats, alpacas, llamas, horses, deer or more than 100 poultry is apply for a Livestock Property Identification Code (PIC).  

PICs are free and easy to obtain through the Department of Economic Development’s Livestock PICs Website page.

PICs are important in the event of a serious livestock disease outbreak. They allow for the tracing of animals to detect where an outbreak may have started and to help control and eradicate disease.  PICs are also linked to systems such as the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) and commercial operators will need a PIC to sell and move animals.

To find out more about PICS and to obtain yours, visit the Livestock PICs Website page.

For further information contact the Community Compliance Department on (03) 5734 6200.

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Mitchell Shire forms, applications and information for dogs and cats:
This form can be completed using Acrobat. Save a copy when completed and scan any relevant documents. Email to You can either complete the credit card details for payment or a Customer Service Team member will contact you for payment.
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This form can be printed, completed and returned to a Customer Service Centre with any relevant documentation. You can then pay using cash, card or cheque at the counter.
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Further information on dog and cat ownership:
Mitchell Shire Local Laws Information:
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Mitchell Shire forms, applications and information for livestock:
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Further information for livestock: