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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.

Registering dogs

Registered dog

Dogs can make wonderful companions and bring much joy and happiness to their owners. Owning a dog however does bring many responsibilities. One of those responsibilities includes the registration of your dog. 

Why register your dog?

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.

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

Dog registration application

Use our online form to register your dog.

Follow the link below and select Open New Form.

Submit online SmartForm

Alternatively, find a link to a downloadable version of the 'Dog registration application' form 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.

Follow the link below and select Open New Form.

Submit online SmartForm

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 a downloadable version of the 'Dog registration change of details' form below.

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


Other changes to dog registration

Find forms below for the following requests:

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


Owner’s responsibilities

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

More information

For queries on pet registration, contact us on 07 5667 5990.

If you have a problem with a cat or dog in your area, you can visit our Report a problem - Animals page and complete an online form, or call us on 07 5667 5990.

    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.

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