Registering cats and dogs
Having your cat or dog registered helps the City of Gold Coast return your pet to you if it's lost.
Registration, microchipping and desexing are strategies designed to promote responsible pet ownership and reduce the number of lost cats and dogs which are euthanized each year.
Changes in registration laws for Queensland pet owners were introduced in July 2009. If you live in South East Queensland, you will need to ensure your cats and dogs comply with the registration and microchipping laws.
Registration of your cat or dog is compulsory if they are aged three months and over, in accordance with the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008. On 18 October, Council resolved to continue cat registration on the Gold Coast.
If you do not register your cat or dog, you may be liable for a $220 on-the-spot fine.
You will receive reduced registration fees for:
- desexed cats or dogs
- being a current financial member of Dogs Queensland, the Queensland Feline Association, the Queensland Independent Cat Club or the Feline Control Council Queensland
- pensioner concessions.
Moving house? Remember to let City of Gold Coast and your microchip registry know that your contact details have changed.
|Course of action/situation||I have a cat or dog aged under 12 weeks||I already have a cat or dog aged over 12 weeks||I am buying a cat or dog (any age)||I am giving away or selling a cat or dog aged under 12 weeks||I am giving away or selling a cat or dog aged over 12 weeks|
|Register with your local council #||recommended||compulsory||compulsory||optional||compulsory|
|Microchip with an authorised implanter *||compulsory||recommended||compulsory||compulsory||compulsory|
|Desex at an appropriate age with your vet +||recommended||recommended||recommended||recommended||recommended|
# Cats and dogs must be registered once they turn 12 weeks old.
* Cats and dogs should be eight weeks old before they are microchipped, and this should be done before they turn 12 weeks old.
+ Contact your local vet or animal welfare agency to find out the recommended desexing age for your pet.
How to register your cat or dog
If your cat or 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 cat or dog is desexed
- a statutory declaration (witnessed by a commissioner for declarations or JP) stating that the cat or dog is desexed.
If you qualify for a concession, proof of your eligibility will also be required. Check the information on eligible concessions below.
The following concession card holders may be eligible for discounted registration fees. Note: the card must be issued in Queensland to be eligible.
A pension recipient must be the holder of either the Blue Queensland Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card, the Blue Queensland Department of Veterans' Affairs Pension Card, or the Department of Veterans' Affairs Gold Card issued in Queensland.
Queensland Pension Concession Card (issued by Centrelink)
|Code||Pension type||Code||Pension type|
|DSP||Disability Support||AGEB||Age Blind|
|SPP||Sole Parent Pension||DSPB||Disability Support Blind|
|NS||Newstart||WFA||Wife Pension (AGE)|
|PPS||Parenting Payment (single)||WFD||Wife Pension (DSP)|
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)
A working dog is not required to be registered provided that the owner can provide proof and meet the following criteria.
Definition of a working dog as per the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008:
- means a dog usually kept or proposed to be kept
- on rural land; and
- by an owner who is a primary producer, or a person engaged or employed by a primary producer; and
- primarily for the purpose of
- droving, protecting, tending, or working, stock; or
- being trained in droving, protecting, tending, or working, stock; and
- does not include a class of dog prescribed under a regulation.
- means a person primarily engaged in the occupation of
- dairy farmer; or
- wheat, maize, or cereal grower; or
- cane grower; or
- fruit grower; or
- grazier; or
- farmer, whether engaged in general or mixed farming, cotton, potato, or vegetable growing, or poultry or pig raising; and
- includes a person engaged in primary production.
Rural land means land used for grazing stock or cultivating crops on a commercial basis.
For queries on pet registration, contact us on 07 5581 6668. If you have a problem with a cat or dog in your area, contact the City's Animal Management team on 07 5581 6664 or lodge a complaint online.
How must I take care of my dog under City of Gold Coast's local laws?
- Register your dog after it is 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.
What happens if I don't follow these rules?
- You may be liable for an on-the-spot fine of up to $375 or alternatively you may face a court imposed penalty of up to $3750.
- Your dog may be impounded if it's found unleashed in a public place or on private property. 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 and fined up to $3750 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?
Gold Coast City Council Local Law No.12 (Animal Management) 2013 allows a maximum of two dogs to be kept on a property.
Gold Coast City Council Local Law No.12 (Animal Management) 2013 allows a maximum of two cats on a property.
I am a member of a cat/dog association, do I get reduced fees?
Yes, a concession is granted to current members only. Council must sight a copy of a current membership card. If you join an 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.
- Queensland Feline Association
- Queensland Independent Cat Club
- Feline Control Council Queensland
- Council of Federated Cat Clubs of Queensland Inc
- Dogs Queensland
Can I get a refund of fees I have paid?
If a registration is cancelled, a refund of 50 per cent of the fee paid will be made, where the cancellation is made in the first half of the registration period (that is, between 1 September and the last day of February next), to be actioned upon receipt of the written application.
Where a registration is cancelled within the first half of the registration period, a refund of 50 per cent of the fee paid will be actioned upon receipt of the written application.
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 from another local authority, providing the dog is currently registered with that local authority.
City of Gold Coast 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 cat or dog is microchipped, does this means that it is registered?
No, registration with the City of Gold Coast is different to microchipping. Your cat or dog must 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.