Dog requirements & permits

Dogs can be highly sociable, companionable pets but they require care and management to live their best lives and not be a nuisance to your neighbourhood or environment.

Council enforces a number of state and local requirements in relation to pet ownership.

As a dog owner you are required to:

  • register your dog – all dogs must be registered from 12 weeks of age or after 14 days of coming into the city to live
  • microchip your dog – all dogs should be microchipped prior to reaching 12 weeks of age
  • apply for a permit to keep more than 2 dogs on your property
  • ensure your dog is safely contained to your property(PDF, 173KB) at all times and not a problem to others
  • keep your dog's barking under control to not cause a nuisance(PDF, 214KB) to neighbours
  • walk your dog on a leash at all times in public unless in a designated off leash area
  • carry a supply of dog waste bags and pickup after your dog when exercising
  • obtain a breeder permit if you intend to breed.

Your dog can be identified if it has a name tag and registration tag attached to its collar and is microchipped. This will ensure your dog can be safely reunited if found lost or wandering. Remember to keep your dog's details up to date.

Fines are in place for those who disregard the regulations. Find out more on our Laws, breaches & fines page.

Visit our page to learn more on how to care for your dog and be a responsible pet owner.

Permits

If you wish to keep more than the allowed number of dogs(PDF, 608KB), you will need to apply for a permit.

To obtain a permit, all animals must be desexed and microchipped.

Permits are lifetime permits while your dogs 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.

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.

Apply for a permit using one of the options below.

By email

Step 1.Gather your documents

To apply for a permit to keep excess dogs, you need to provide:

  • your contact details – including your residential address, postal address and phone number
  • dog's microchip number
  • proof of your dog's desexing
  • Pension Concession Card or Department of Veterans Affairs Card (if applicable).

Step 2.Complete the application form

Download and complete the Permit to keep excess animals form(PDF, 277KB)

Step 3.Send us your completed application form

Email to: mail@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

A request for payment will be issued via email to process your application.

In person

Step 1.Gather your documents

To apply for a permit to keep excess dogs, you need to provide:

  • your contact details – including your residential address, postal address and phone number
  • dog's microchip number
  • proof of your dog's desexing
  • Pension Concession Card or Department of Veterans Affairs Card (if applicable).

Step 2.Complete the application form

Download, print and complete the Permit to keep excess animals form(PDF, 277KB)

Step 3.Visit one of our customer service centres

Our customer service centres are open Monday to Friday between 8.15am and 4.30pm.

Payment for this permit can be made by MasterCard, Visa, debit card or cheque. EFTPOS is available at our customer service centres.

By mail

Step 1.Gather your documents

To apply for a permit to keep excess dogs, you need to provide:

  • your contact details - including your residential address, postal address and phone number
  • dog's microchip number
  • proof of your dog's desexing
  • Pension Concession Card or Department of Veterans Affairs Card (if applicable).

Step 2.Complete the application form

Download, print and complete the Permit to keep excess animals form(PDF, 277KB)

Step 3.Send us your completed application form

Post to:

City of Gold Coast
PO Box 5042
GCMC QLD 9726

Include a cheque or money order made payable to City of Gold Coast for the excess fee amount.

Amend animal breeder or excess animals permit

Use the Amend animal breeder / 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
  • notification that a dog or cat has been desexed.