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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.

Cats and dogs

Dogs

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There is no doubt dogs make wonderful companions and are highly valued as family pets.

The Gold Coast has over 60,000 registered dogs; a figure which indicates the popularity of dog ownership within our city.

As a dog owner, you must comply with our local laws and environmental health requirements, including the following:

  • Register and microchip your dog – in accordance with the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008, microchipping and registration is compulsory if it is aged 12 weeks and over.
  • A maximum of two (2) dogs can be kept on a property of any size - a permit is required for additional dogs.
  • Ensure your pet is safely contained and not a nuisance.
  • Walk your dog on a leash and make sure you scoop the poop.

Find a link to the application form to keep more than the allowable number of cats and dogs below

Fines are in place for those who disregard the regulations. Find out more on our Pet owners – local laws, breaches and fines page.

Dog registration

Visit our Dog registration page to find out how to register your dog or update your dog registration details. This page also includes useful information on fees, eligibility requirements for pension concessions and more.


Cats

Cats

Cats are wonderful companions and are a popular pet choice. Highly adaptable and flexible, cats fit into domestic life easily. You do not need to register your cat, however as a responsible cat owner, you need to:

Fines are in place for those who disregard the regulations. Find our more on our Pet owners – local laws, breaches and fines page.

Learn more about keeping cats happy with useful information in our Keeping cats safe and Put a paws on cats roaming outdoors fact sheets.


Breeding cats and dogs

If you breed or intend to breed your cat or dog, you are required to obtain a breeder permit from City of Gold Coast and comply with the Breeder Code of Practice.

Breeder permits are required for residents who breed from their pet, those who breed as hobby breeders and those who have commercial breeding establishments.

Find a link to the Animal breeder permit application form below.

Owner's responsibilities

Find out about the local laws and state government legislation surrounding pet ownership, including the penalties that apply for those who disregard the regulations. Visit our Pet owners – local laws, breaches and fines page.

City of Gold Coast is committed to educating the community. Visit our Pet education page for school programs and events.

Find some useful tips on how to care for your pet and be a responsible pet owner.

Find answers to some frequently asked questions about dog ownership and registration below.

More information

For Animal Management enquiries, contact us on 07 5667 5990.

If you have a problem with a cat or dog in your area, you can contact us or visit our Report a problem – Animals page and complete an online form.

Related information

Jump to key information
  • How must I take care of my dog under City of Gold Coast's local laws?

    • Register and microchip your dog from three (3) months old. Attach the registration tag to its collar.
    • Keep your dog under control and on a leash in public. The City of Gold Coast has 'leash-free' areas where your dog can be exercised, providing owners keep them under control.
    • Pick up after your dog when it defecates in a public area.
    • Keep your dog safely contained on your property.
    • Ensure your pet is not a nuisance. 

    Penalties apply for breaches of these requirements.

  • What happens if I don't follow these rules?

    • You may be liable for an on-the-spot fine or alternatively you may face a court imposed penalty.
    • Your dog may be impounded if it's found wandering or unleashed in a public place. Unidentified animals become the property of Animal Welfare League if not claimed within three days. Identified animals become the property of the Animal Welfare League if not claimed within five days.
  • Am I responsible if my dog attacks?

    • You may be liable for injury to a person or animal attacked by your dog, fined or ordered to fence your property.
    • City of Gold Coast may declare your dog to be a dangerous dog, or your dog may be destroyed.
  • How many cats or dogs can I have?

    Dogs

    Council of the City of Gold Coast Local Law No.12 (Animal Management) 2013 allows a maximum of two dogs to be kept on a property.

    Cats

    Council of the City of Gold Coast Local Law No.12 (Animal Management) 2013 allows a maximum of two cats on a property.

  • I am a member of a dog association, do I get reduced fees?

    A concession is granted to current members of Dogs Queensland. City of Gold Coast must sight a copy of a current membership card. If you join this association later in the registration period, you may be entitled to a refund before 1 March of the difference of the registration fee paid, subject to the submission of a current membership card.

  • Can I get a refund of fees I have paid?

    Annual registrations

    Refund of fees will be applied pro rata at the time the application is made. Pro rata will be applied according to the remaining period of registration in months and will reflect a one year registration ending on 31 August of the applicable year.

    The fee refunded will reflect the proportion of months remaining before the expiry date.

    Triennial registrations

    Refund of fees will be applied pro rata at the time the application is made. Pro rata will be applied according to the remaining period of registration in months and will reflect a three year registration ending on 31 August of the applicable year.

    The fee refunded will reflect the proportion of months remaining before the expiry date.

  • I am relocating to the City of Gold Coast from another local authority. Can I continue to use the registration with that local authority?

    A reciprocal registration can be granted when a dog has been relocated to the City of Gold Coast (City) from another local authority, providing the dog is currently registered with that local authority.

    City will recognise that registration if it is from one of the local authorities listed:

    • Scenic Rim Regional Council
    • Ipswich City Council
    • Logan City Council
    • Redland City Council
    • Moreton Bay Regional Council
    • Fraser Coast Regional Council
    • Brisbane City Council.

    The registration will be granted until 31 August. Proof of current registration with the previous local authority is required to be sighted by a City officer.

  • My dog is microchipped, does this means that it is registered?

    No, registration with the City of Gold Coast is different to microchipping. Your dog must also be registered with the City.

  • How do I apply or remove a registration tag?

    If the registration tag is hard to apply/remove (if changing collars), try soaking the tag in hot water to soften the plastic.

  • Do I need to have my dog's registration tag on its collar?

    Fines may be issued if owner fails to display registration tag at a place other than the address of the dog. you can order a replacement tag online free of charge, or download the form and take it to your nearest customer service centre

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