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Be a responsible pet owner

You are responsible for ensuring your pets are identified, healthy, safely contained and do not create a nuisance in the neighbourhood.

Pet owners - local laws, breaches and fines

City of Gold Coast requires all pet owners to comply with local law requirements to ensure a safe, happy and healthy environment for pets and the community as a whole.
Find links to the relevant local laws and State Government legislation below.

Dog and cat owners are responsible for meeting these requirements, including those listed in the drop-down headings below. Click on these headings to find out more, including the corresponding fines for breaching these requirements.

Register your dog

Dog registration

In accordance with the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008, dogs must be registered from twelve weeks of age. For information about registration fees, eligibility requirements for pension concessions and how to apply, visit our Dog registration page.

Two penalty units apply for a breach of this requirement.

Keep your dog registration current

Dog registrations must be renewed by the due date of 31 August each year.

Renewal notices are mailed out late July. If you previously chose, and paid for, the three-year option, your renewal notice will state no payment required (if applicable). If your registration is due for renewal, payment details will be provided with the renewal notice.

It’s important to keep your dog’s registration details up to date and you can do this online if circumstances change (e.g. address, dog has been desexed, you become eligible to apply for pension concessions).
Alternatively, find a link to a downloadable version of the 'Dog registration change of details' form below.

Two penalty units apply for a breach of this requirement.

Ensure your dog’s registration tag is displayed

Two penalty units apply for a breach of this requirement.

If your dog has lost its tag, you can order a replacement online, or download the form and take it to your nearest customer service centre.

Find a link to the Dog replacement registration tag application form below.

Microchip your dog and/or cat

Dogs and cats must be microchipped. As well as letting the City know of changes to your pet’s address details, make sure you also contact the microchip company your pet is registered with in case they become lost.

Two penalty units apply for a breach of this requirement.

Keep your pet contained within your property

It's your responsibility to provide proper fencing and enclosures to ensure your pets don’t wander.

One penalty unit applies for a breach of this requirement.

Keep no more than two dogs and/or two cats on a property (unless you hold a permit to do so)

You must not keep more than two dogs and/or two cats at a property of any size without a permit.

Visit our Animal permits page for information on how to apply for a permit or our Report a problem - Animals page to report a pet owner with more than the allowable number of animals.

Five penalty units apply for a breach of this requirement.

Keep your dog’s barking under control

Keep your dog’s barking under control so that it is not a nuisance to your neighbours.

Five penalty units apply for a breach of this requirement if a notice to remedy is not complied with.

Visit our Pet education page for some useful hints on managing this problem or our Report a problem - Animals page to find out how to lodge a complaint.

Walk your dog on a leash, and pick up after it, when on public land

  • Walk your dog on a leash when on public land (unless you are in a permitted off-leash exercise area).
    One penalty unit applies for a breach of this requirement.
    Visit our Dog exercise areas page to find out where you can, and can't, exercise a dog off-leash.
  • Make sure you carry a bag or container (and a spare) for your dog’s droppings when out walking your dog. You are required to have one with you at all times.
    One half of a penalty unit (0.5) applies for a breach of this requirement.
  • Pick up and dispose of your dog’s droppings when out walking your dog.
    One half of a penalty unit (0.5) applies for a breach of this requirement.

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