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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.

Dog registration

Daschund running along a beach

City of Gold Coast requires all dogs over the age of 12 weeks to be registered and microchipped.

Use our online forms to register your dog and keep contact details up to date. This improves their chances of being safely returned if lost or found wandering.

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 also helps us provide facilities and activities such as dog parks and exercise areas, and investigate and resolve nuisance dog concerns.

Dog registration application

Register your dog online

Registration fees

Information about dog registration fees can be viewed below.

Keep your dog’s registration details up to date

Use our online form to let us know about any changes to your dog's registration details.

Update your dog's registration details

Remember to also let the microchip registry know that your contact details have changed.

This form can be used for the following:

  • change of address and/or update contact details (phone number/email address)
  • pension concession request, or animal association membership concession request
  • cancel registration
  • advise that the animal is now desexed
  • update microchip number

Alternatively, find a link to downloadable versions of the 'Dog registration' and 'Dog registration change of details' forms below.


Dog registration fees

Select the relevant drop-down heading below to find standard and concession fees applicable for your pet's registration.

Desexed dog

Registration fees for desexed dogs are as follows:

One registration period option
(registered to 31 August 2018)
Three registration periods option**
(registered to 31 August 2020)
Standard fee $59.00 $117.00
Pension concession* $29.50 $58.50

If your dog is desexed, proof of desexing will be required by supplying:

  • a copy of the desexing certificate from the vet
  • a copy of a previous registration paper from another local government area which states the dog is desexed
  • a 'Dog desexing statutory declaration' (witnessed by a commissioner for declarations or JP) stating that the dog is desexed.
    Find a link to the Dog desexing statutory declaration form below.

*Pension concession registration fees apply to the first two dogs only. Valid concession cards (must be current) are as follows:

  • Queensland Pension Concession Card (issued by Centrelink)
  • Queensland Pension Concession Card (issued by Department of Veterans’ Affairs)
  • Queensland Gold Card (repatriation Health Card for all conditions, issued by Department of Veterans’ Affairs)

**All registration fees are exempt from GST.

  • A registration period is from 1 September 2017 to 31 August 2018
  • One (1) registration period is valid from the date of approval to 31 August 2018.
  • Three (3) year registration periods consist of the remainder of the current period (one year registration) plus two registration periods.
    For example, if you register your dog in November 2017:
    Period 1 = November 2017 to 31 August 2018
    Period 2 = 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2019
    Period 3 = 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020
    At the completion of the third registration period, you will be sent a renewal notice advising that payment is now due.

Entire dog (not desexed)

Registration fees for dogs that have not been desexed are as follows:

One registration period option
(registered to 31 August 2018)
Three registration periods option**
(registered to 31 August 2020)
Standard fee $118.00 $236.00
Pension concession* $59.00 $118.00

* Pension concession registration fees apply to the first two dogs only. Valid concession cards (must be current) are as follows:

  • Queensland Pension Concession Card (issued by Centrelink)
  • Queensland Pension Concession Card (issued by Department of Veterans’ Affairs)
  • Queensland Gold Card (repatriation Health Card for all conditions, issued by Department of Veterans’ Affairs)

**All registration fees are exempt from GST.

  • A registration period is from 1 September 2017 to 31 August 2018
  • One (1) registration period is valid from the date of approval to 31 August 2018.
  • Three (3) year registration periods consist of the remainder of the current period (one year registration) plus two registration periods.
    For example, if you register your dog in November 2017:
    Period 1 = November 2017 to 31 August 2018
    Period 2 = 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2019
    Period 3 = 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020
    At the completion of the third registration period, you will be sent a renewal notice advising that payment is now due.

Dog under six months

Registration fees for dogs aged under six months are as follows:

One registration period option
(registered to 31 August 2018)
Three year registration
(registered to 31 August 2020)
Standard fee $59.00 Not applicable
Pension concession* $29.50 Not applicable

* Pension concession registration fees apply to the first two dogs only. Valid concession cards (must be current) are as follows:

  • Queensland Pension Concession Card (issued by Centrelink)
  • Queensland Pension Concession Card (issued by Department of Veterans’ Affairs)
  • Queensland Gold Card (repatriation Health Card for all conditions, issued by Department of Veterans’ Affairs)

Dogs owned by members of endorsed dog association, Dogs Queensland

Registration fees for dogs owned by members of endorsed dog association, Dogs QLD (current members only).

One registration period option
(registered to 31 August 2018)
Three registration periods option**
(registered to 31 August 2020)
Standard fee $61.00 $123.00
Pension concession* $30.50 $61.50

*A City officer must sight a copy of the current membership card.

If you join an association later in this registration period, you may be entitled to a refund before 1 March of the difference of the registration paid, subject to the submission of a current membership card.

**All registration fees are exempt from GST.

  • A registration period is from 1 September 2017 to 31 August 2018
  • One (1) registration period is valid from the date of approval to 31 August 2018.
  • Three (3) year registration periods consist of the remainder of the current period (one year registration) plus two registration periods.
    For example, if you register your dog in November 2017:
    Period 1 = November 2017 to 31 August 2018
    Period 2 = 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2019
    Period 3 = 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020
    At the completion of the third registration period, you will be sent a renewal notice advising that payment is now due.

Dog declared 'Dangerous' or 'Menacing'

Registration must be completed in person at a customer service centre. Pension concessions do not apply.

One registration period option
(registered to 31 August 2018)
Three registration periods option
(registered to 31 August 2020)
Dangerous $254.00 Not applicable
Menacing - desexed $200.00 Not applicable
Menacing - entire (not desexed) $254.00 Not applicable

If your dog is desexed, proof of desexing will be required by supplying:

  • a copy of the desexing certificate from the vet
  • a copy of a previous registration paper from another local government area which states the dog is desexed
  • a 'Dog desexing statutory declaration' (witnessed by a commissioner for declarations or JP) stating that the dog is desexed.
    Find a link to the Dog desexing statutory declaration form below.

Prohibited breeds

The following breeds of dogs are prohibited from being kept in the City of Gold Coast.

  • American Pit Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier types or cross breeds of an American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Dogo Argentino or cross breeds of a Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro or cross breeds of a Fila Brasileiro
  • Japanese Tosa or cross breeds of a Japanese Tosa
  • Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario or cross breeds of a Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario
  • Reciprocal dog registration

    A reciprocal registration is where the dog has been relocated to the City from another Local Authority. Providing the dog is currently registered with that local authority, we will recognise that registration if it is from one of the Local Authorities listed.
    Please note: proof of current registration with the previous local authority is required to be sighted by a City officer.

    Reciprocal registrations are only accepted from:

    • Brisbane City Council
    • Fraser Coast Regional Council
    • Ipswich City Council
    • Logan City Council
    • Moreton Bay Regional Council
    • Redland City Council
    • Scenic Rim Regional Council.
    One registration period option
    (registered to 31 August 2018)
    Three registration periods option
    (registered to 31 August 2020)
    All applicants Not applicable Not applicable

    Replacement tag


    Other changes to dog registration

    Find a link to application forms for the following types of requests below:

    • Dog registration change of ownership (transfer a current registration to a new owner)
    • Dog registration - request pension concession on an existing registration
    • Dog registration refund of fees
    • Dog registration - transfer to new dog (transfer a current dog registration to a newly acquired dog)
    • Dog replacement registration tag.

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