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.
Note - As of 20 February 2015:
Animal Registration for the 2015/16 year is now being taken (new registrations only).
This means that the 2015/16 Registration fee now applies but you get over 13 months registration for the price of 12. You won’t be required to renew your registration until 10 April 2016.
2015/16 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
It is becoming more accepted that dogs and cats need to be registered in Victoria. Over recent years processes have also been introduced to require livestock to be identified through ear or leg tagging or microchipping and properties containing livestock to be identifiable via a Property Identification Code (PIC).
A PIC is an eight character alphanumeric code allocated by Department of Environment and Primary Industries (or the equivalent authority in other States and Territories) to a livestock producing property or to plant properties growing prescribed crops. If you own cattle, sheep, goats, alpacas, llamas, horses, deer or more than 100 poultry (being any domesticated fowl, including emu or ostriches), you require a Livestock PIC. More information on obtaining a PIC, the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) and tagging is available below.
For further information contact the Community Compliance Department on (03) 5734 6200.