Cats & dogs
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:
- Register and microchip your dog – in accordance with the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008, microchipping and registration is compulsory if it is aged 12 weeks and over.
- A maximum of two (2) dogs can be kept on a property of any size - a permit is required for additional dogs.
- Ensure your pet is safely contained and not a nuisance.
- Walk your dog on a leash and make sure you scoop the poop.
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.
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 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.
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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