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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:

Find a link to the Keeping of animals (excess animals) permit application form 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. Note: failure to meet the requirements may result in cancellation of the permit.

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.

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