Dog registration and microchipping is important as it helps us return your dog to you if it's ever lost.
All dogs must be microchipped and registered from 12 weeks of age or after 14 days of coming into the city to live. Dogs must wear a dog registration tag at all times when outside their place of residence.
You can register your dog for one year (to 31 August – we call this 'one period') or for 3 years (we call this '3 periods').
Find out about the types of registration or register your dog now.
We offer discounted registration for desexed dogs.
To receive the discount, you must provide evidence that your dog has been desexed. You can provide any one of the following:
An entire dog is a dog that has not been desexed.
We offer special registration for young dogs aged under six months that have not been desexed.
This reduced registration is only available for one year, while you decide whether to have your dog desexed.
We offer discounted registration to dogs owned by current members of endorsed association, Dogs Queensland.
To apply for the discount, you must show us your current membership card.
If we have declared your dog is either dangerous or menacing, you will need to pay an increased registration fee and comply with specific keeping conditions.
Dangerous or menacing dog declarations from a previous local authority will need the application for registration submitted in person and will be assessed by an authorised officer.
Pensioner concessions do not apply.
If you own a guide, hearing or assistance dog, you do not need to pay a dog registration fee (subject to approval). You must still register and microchip your dog, but the registration fee is nil if your application is approved.
To receive free registration for an assistance dog:
If you hold a current Queensland issued Pensioner Concession Card you may be eligible for a concession of half the prescribed fee. This concession is for the first two dogs only. You will need to provide proof of benefits.
Consent may be required for Council to confirm your eligibility for this concession with Services Australia.
If you have a permit for additional dogs, the third and subsequent dogs will be charged at the nominal rate for the registration class.
Owners of desexed dogs may apply for fee relief for dog registrations if the owner is 60 years of age or over, or a veteran. This will reduce the registration fee to nil. This relief will apply to the first two desexed dogs only (and excludes any declared as menacing or dangerous). All other dogs registered will be at the nominal rate for the registration class.
Reciprocal registration applies when a dog is currently registered with certain other local authorities and move to the City of Gold Coast.
We recognise registrations from these local authorities:
To apply for reciprocal registration, you will need to show your current proof of registration from the relevant local authority.
When your registration with the other local authority expires, you will need to pay our dog registration fee.
The following breeds of dogs are prohibited from being kept in the City of Gold Coast:
Register your dog using one of the options below.
To register a new dog*, you need to provide:
Register your dog
Payment for your dog registration is required. Online payment by credit card will incur a surcharge of 0.69%.
Please note: Completing this online application does not automatically approve registration, it will remain tentative pending Council review and approval.
Please also complete the Statutory Declaration form from the Queensland Government publications portal if you are unable to provide any proof of your dog being desexed (i.e. no sterilisation certificate issued by a veterinary surgeon).
Download a Statutory Declaration
To register a new dog, you need to provide:
Download, print and complete the form:
Dog registration application form(PDF, 230KB)
Please also download, print and complete the Statutory Declaration form from the Queensland Government publications portal if you are unable to provide any proof of your dog being desexed (i.e. no sterilisation certificate issued by a veterinary surgeon).
Submit your application at one of our customer service centres (Monday to Friday between 8.15am and 4.30pm).
Payment for the dog registration fee can be made by MasterCard, Visa, debit card or cheque.
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 amount of the dog registration fee.
If you register your dog, we can better plan for off leash exercise areas, dog dispensers, bags and other facilities in your area.
Registration also provides you with:
When you register a new dog, you will be charged a pro rata fee from the date of your registration until 31 August.
Dog registration schedule of fees(PDF, 215KB)