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Dog registration

Free dog registration for Gold Coast seniors

Are you over 60 with two or less desexed dogs? You may qualify for free registration for your dog.

Find out more about free dog registration for seniors.

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

Register your dog or renew your dog registration today.

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

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

New dog registrations and renewals

Register your dog online

Renew a dog registration

Things you need to know

Information about dog registration fees and required documentation 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 City of Gold Coast registration details.

Keeping your dog's registration details up to date improves their chances of being safely returned if lost or found wandering.

Update your dog's registration details

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

Note: If your dog is registered with another council and you wish to update it to a City of Gold Coast registration, you will need to complete a new dog registration application.

This form can be used for:  

  • change of address and/or update contact details
  • animal association membership or pension 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.

Alternatively, find a link to a downloadable schedule of fees below.

Note: Dog registration renewals occur on 1 September each year. If you are registering your dog for the first time, you will be charged a pro rata fee from the time of registration to 31 August. Full year fees will be charged thereafter.

Free dog registration for seniors

Owners of desexed dogs may apply for fee relief for dog registrations if the owner is 60 years of age or over. This will reduce the registration fee to nil.

Existing dog registrations

Use the online form below to apply for fee relief* and a possible refund** for an existing dog registration.

Update your dog's registration details

*Fee relief does not apply to non-desexed and declared menacing or dangerous dogs.
**Desexed one (1) and three (3) year registrations that are due to expire on 31 August 2018 are not eligible for refund, but will be eligible for no fees in upcoming renewal period.

Alternatively, find the link below to a downloadable application form for Seniors fee relief for existing dog registrations.

New dog registrations

This relief will apply to the first two desexed dogs only. All other dogs registered will be at the nominal rate for the registration class.

This does not apply to dogs which are not desexed, or any desexed dog that has been declared as menacing or dangerous. Where a dog becomes a regulated dog (dangerous/menacing) after approval for free registration, this may constitute loss of entitlement and nominal rate for the registration class will apply.

Desexed dogs with one (1) and three (3) year registrations which are due to expire on 31 August 2018 are not eligible for a refund, but will be eligible for no fees in the upcoming renewal period.

Proof of entitlement and desexing of dog will be required with the application.

Use our online form below to register your dog and apply for the fee relief for seniors.

Note: please select 'Senior dog owner' in the list of options.

Register your dog online

Lodgement of this application does not constitute approval - the City reserves the right to refuse applications.

Registration fees

Three registration periods option
(registered to 31 August 2021)
Desexed dogs – Senior owners Nil

Required documentation (must accompany application)

  • Proof of desexing
    • a copy of the desexing certificate from the vet, or
    • a copy of a previous registration paper from another local government area which states the dog is desexed, or
    • a 'Dog desexing statutory declaration' (witnessed by a commissioner for declarations or JP) stating that the dog is desexed.
  • Examples of proof of age
    • Seniors card
    • Seniors +Go card
    • Adult proof of age card
    • Drivers licence

Desexed dog

Registration fees

One registration period option
(registered to 31 August 2019)
Three registration periods option**
(registered to 31 August 2021)
Standard fee $60.00 $120.00
Pension concession* $30.00 $60.00

Required documentation

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

  • a copy of the desexing certificate from the vet, or
  • a copy of a previous registration paper from another local government area which states the dog is desexed, or
  • 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

*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)

Registration period

  • A registration period is from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2019
  • One (1) registration period is valid from the date of approval to 31 August 2019.
  • 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 2018:
    Period 1 = November 2018 to 31 August 2019
    Period 2 = 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020
    Period 3 = 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2021
    At the completion of the third registration period, you will be sent a renewal notice advising that payment is now due.

**All registration fees are exempt from GST.

Entire dog (not desexed)

Registration fees

One registration period option
(registered to 31 August 2019)
Three registration periods option**
(registered to 31 August 2021)
Standard fee $121.00 $242.00
Pension concession* $60.50 $121.00

Pension concession

* 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)

Registration period

  • A registration period is from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2019
  • One (1) registration period is valid from the date of approval to 31 August 2019.
  • 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 2018:
    Period 1 = November 2018 to 31 August 2019
    Period 2 = 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020
    Period 3 = 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2021
    At the completion of the third registration period, you will be sent a renewal notice advising that payment is now due.

**All registration fees are exempt from GST.

Dog under six months

Registration fees

One registration period option
(registered to 31 August 2019)
Three year registration
(registered to 31 August 2021)
Standard fee $60.00 Not applicable
Pension concession* $30.00 Not applicable

Pension concession

* 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

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

One registration period option
(registered to 31 August 2019)
Three registration periods option**
(registered to 31 August 2021)
Standard fee $63.00 $126.00
Pension concession* $31.50 $63.00

Required documentation

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

Registration period

  • A registration period is from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2019
  • One (1) registration period is valid from the date of approval to 31 August 2019.
  • 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 2018:
    Period 1 = November 2018 to 31 August 2019
    Period 2 = 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020
    Period 3 = 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2021
    At the completion of the third registration period, you will be sent a renewal notice advising that payment is now due.

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.

Dog declared 'Dangerous' or 'Menacing'

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

Registration fees

One registration period option
(registered to 31 August 2019)
Three registration periods option
(registered to 31 August 2021)
Dangerous $260.00 Not applicable
Menacing - desexed $205.00 Not applicable
Menacing - entire (not desexed) $260.00 Not applicable

Required documentation

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

  • a copy of the desexing certificate from the vet, or
  • a copy of a previous registration paper from another local government area which states the dog is desexed, or
  • 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.

Registration fees

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)

Related information

Jump to key information
  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

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