Cats are a popular pet choice and can be wonderful companions. They are highly adaptable and flexible, fitting into domestic life easily.
You do not need to register your cat, however there are some obligations you have to meet to keep your cat safe and happy and ensure it isn't a nuisance to your neighbours or the wider community.
As a cat owner you are required to:
- microchip your cat and keep your details up to date – all cats should be microchipped prior to reaching 12 weeks of age
- ensure your cat is safely contained to your property at all times and not causing a problem for others
- apply for a permit to keep more than 2 cats on your property.
Fines are in place for those who disregard the regulations. Find out more on our Laws, breaches and fines page.
Visit our page to learn more on how to care for your cat and be a responsible pet owner.
Permit for additional cats
If you wish to keep more than the allowed number of 2 cats, you need to apply for a permit.
Permits are lifetime permits while your animals are on your property. If circumstances change, such as moving house, please inform the City of Gold Coast.
Permit fees must be paid at the time of permit lodgement – these fees are non-refundable. Fees can be found on the application form.
Once your application has been received, Council officers will assess your property to determine if additional animals are suitable and do not impact on your neighbours.
A permit holder must comply with the minimum standards or may be liable for an on-the-spot fine or be required to remove the animals from the property.
Apply by using one of the options below.
Amend excess animals permit
Use the Amend excess animals permit form to apply to let us know of the following changes:
- approval holder contact details (e.g. address, email, nominate a new contact person)
- business name and/or contact details
- dog/cat/livestock details, including removing/adding animals to your permit.