Dog registration and microchipping is important as it helps us return your dog to you if it’s ever lost.
The money from dog registration is used to provide animal management services to the community, deliver proactive programs and campaigns, and operate our City pounds.
To register a new dog, 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 (if applicable)
- Pensioner Concession Card or Department of Veterans Affairs Card (if applicable)
- current membership card from endorsed association, Dogs Queensland (if applicable).
To register a new dog, you can either:
- register a new dog online by clicking the button below
- download and fill in our Dog registration application then
- send it to us by post
- apply in person at a Customer Service Centre.
Register your dog online
You can pay your dog registration online. For other ways to pay, please see Payments.
Dog registrations are renewed each year on 1 September. We send out renewal notices in August every year.
When you register a new dog, you will be charged a pro rata fee from the date of your registration until 31 August. For a schedule of pro rata fees, please see Dog registration schedule of fees.
You can register your dog for one year (to 31 August – we call this ‘one period’) or for three years (we call this ‘three periods’).
||One registration period
(registered to 31 August 2021)
|Three registration periods
(registered to 31 August 2023)
|Desexed dog – pensioner concession
|Desexed dog – senior/veteran concession
||No charge for first two dogs
||No charge for first two dogs
|Entire dog (not desexed)
|Entire dog (not desexed) – pensioner concession
|Dog under 6 months old (not desexed)
|Dog under 6 months old (not desexed) – pensioner concession
|Dog owned by members of endorsed association, Dogs Queensland
|Dog owned by members of endorsed association, Dogs Queensland – pensioner concession
|Dog declared 'dangerous' or 'menacing' – Entire
|Dog declared 'dangerous' or 'menacing' – desexed
|Dog declared 'dangerous' or 'menacing' – (not desexed)
We offer these registration categories:
- Desexed dog
- Entire dog (not desexed)
- Dog under six months old (not desexed)
- Member of Dogs Queensland
- Dangerous or menacing dogs
- Assistance dog
- Reciprocal dog registration
- Pensioner concession
- Senior and veteran fee relief
- Working dog.
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:
- copy of the vet’s desexing certificate
- copy of a previous registration paper from another local government area which states the dog is desexed
- Statutory Declaration witnessed by a Commissioner for Declarations or Justice of the Peace stating the dog is desexed.
An entire dog is a dog that has not been desexed.
Dog under six months (not 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.
Dangerous or menacing dogs
If we have declared your dog is either dangerous or menacing, you will need to pay an increased registration fee and comply with the conditions we set.
Dangerous or menacing dogs can only be registered in person at a customer service centre. Pensioner concessions do not apply.
If you own a guide dog, hearing dog or other 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 zero if your application is approved.
To receive free registration for an assistance dog:
- your dog must be an assistance dog as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992
- you must ensure that your dog’s behaviour meets the standards required for an assistance dog in a public place
- you must provide one of the options below:
- a copy of your handler card
- a certificate from a registered trainer stating your dog is trained as an assistance dog and a letter from your doctor specifying that a dog will assist with your medical condition
- a completed Statutory Declaration stating your dog has been trained to assist with your medical condition and a letter from your doctor specifying that a dog will assist with your medical condition.
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.
Senior and veteran fee relief
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 dog registration
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:
- Brisbane City Council
- Fraser Coast Regional Council
- Ipswich City Council
- Logan City Council
- Moreton Bay Regional Council
- Redland City Council
- Scenic Rim Regional Council.
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:
- American Pit Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier types or cross breeds of an American Pit Bull Terrier
- Dogo Argentino or cross breeds of a Dogo Argentino
- Fila Brasileiro or cross breeds of a Fila Brasileiro
- Japanese Tosa or cross breeds of a Japanese Tosa
- Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario or cross breeds of a Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario.
To change the ownership on an existing dog registration, the new owner will be required to complete a new dog registration application; the previous owner must cancel the existing registration.
Find a link to the Dog registration application and Dog registration change of details (cancellation) forms below.
Your dog must wear a registration tag at all times when outside their place of residence. If you lose your registration tag or it is damaged, please let us know. We will supply a new tag free of charge.
To order a replacement tag, please either:
Order a replacement registration tag
You can request a refund of fees if you need to cancel your dog registration. See the 'Update your dog's details' section above for how to cancel your registration.
To request a refund, please submit the online form below after you have applied to cancel the registration:
Request a refund of dog registration fee
The fee refunded will reflect the proportion of months remaining before the expiry date of 31 August of the year that the registration is paid up and valid to.