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Dog registration

Free dog registration for seniors and veterans

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 (conditions apply).

Registering your dog with the City of Gold Coast

City of Gold Coast requires all dogs over the age of 12 weeks to be registered and microchipped. Register your dog or renew your dog registration today.

Dog registration helps us provide activities and facilities such as dog parks and exercise areas, and investigate and resolve nuisance dog concerns.

Fines are in place for those who disregard the regulations. Find out more on our Pet owners – local laws, breaches and fines page. 

New dog registrations and renewals

Register your dog online

Renew a dog registration

Things you need to know

Information about dog registration fees and required documentation can be viewed below.

Pay your dog registration or renewal

To view ways to pay your registration, visit our payments page.

Keep your dog’s registration details up to date

Keeping your dog's registration details up to date improves their chances of being safely returned if lost or found wandering.

Use our online form to let us know about any changes to the following dog registration details:

Update your dog's registration details

Remember to also let the microchip registry know that your contact details have changed.

Note: If your dog is registered with another council and you wish to update it to a City of Gold Coast registration, you will need to complete a new dog registration application.

Alternatively, find a link to downloadable versions of the 'Dog registration' and 'Dog registration change of details' forms below.


Apply for a dog registration concession

Use this online form to apply for the following concessions on an existing dog registration:

Apply for a dog registration concession

Alternatively, find a link to downloadable versions of concession applications for existing dog registrations forms below.

Note: If your dog has not been registered with the City previously, you will need to complete a new dog registration application.


Dog registration fees

Select the relevant drop-down heading below to find standard and concession fees applicable for your pet's registration.

Alternatively, find a link to a downloadable schedule of fees below.

Note: Dog registration renewals occur on 1 September each year. If you are registering your dog for the first time, you will be charged a pro rata fee from the time of registration to 31 August. Full year fees will be charged thereafter.

Free dog registration for seniors and veterans

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 (conditions apply).

Desexed dog

Registration fees

  One registration period option
(registered to 31 August 2020)
Three registration periods option**
(registered to 31 August 2022)
Standard fee $61.00 $122.00
Pension concession* $30.50 $61.00

Required documentation

If your dog is desexed, proof of desexing will be required by supplying:

  • a copy of the desexing certificate from the vet, or
  • a copy of a previous registration paper from another local government area which states the dog is desexed, or
  • a 'Dog desexing statutory declaration' (witnessed by a commissioner for declarations or JP) stating that the dog is desexed.

Find a link to the Dog desexing statutory declaration form below.

Pension concession

*Pension concession registration fees apply to the first two dogs only. Valid concession cards (must be current) are as follows:

  • Queensland Pension Concession Card (issued by Centrelink)
  • Queensland Pension Concession Card (issued by Department of Veterans’ Affairs)
  • Queensland Gold Card (repatriation Health Card for all conditions, issued by Department of Veterans’ Affairs)

Registration period

  • A registration period is from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020
  • One (1) registration period is valid from the date of approval to 31 August 2020.
  • Three (3) year registration periods consist of the remainder of the current period (one year registration) plus two registration periods.
    For example, if you register your dog in November 2019:
    Period 1 = November 2019 to 31 August 2020
    Period 2 = 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2021
    Period 3 = 1 September 2021 to 31 August 2022
    At the completion of the third registration period, you will be sent a renewal notice advising that payment is now due.

**All registration fees are exempt from GST.

Entire dog (not desexed)

Registration fees

  One registration period option
(registered to 31 August 2020)
Three registration periods option**
(registered to 31 August 2022)
Standard fee $122.00 $244.00
Pension concession* $61.00 $122.00

Pension concession

* Pension concession registration fees apply to the first two dogs only. Valid concession cards (must be current) are as follows:

  • Queensland Pension Concession Card (issued by Centrelink)
  • Queensland Pension Concession Card (issued by Department of Veterans’ Affairs)
  • Queensland Gold Card (repatriation Health Card for all conditions, issued by Department of Veterans’ Affairs)

Registration period

  • A registration period is from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020
  • One (1) registration period is valid from the date of approval to 31 August 2020.
  • Three (3) year registration periods consist of the remainder of the current period (one year registration) plus two registration periods.
    For example, if you register your dog in November 2019:
    Period 1 = November 2019 to 31 August 2020
    Period 2 = 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2021
    Period 3 = 1 September 2021 to 31 August 2022
    At the completion of the third registration period, you will be sent a renewal notice advising that payment is now due.

**All registration fees are exempt from GST.

Dog under six months

Registration fees

  One registration period option
(registered to 31 August 2020)
Three year registration
(registered to 31 August 2022)
Standard fee $62.00 Not applicable
Pension concession* $31.00 Not applicable

Pension concession

* Pension concession registration fees apply to the first two dogs only. Valid concession cards (must be current) are as follows: 

  • Queensland Pension Concession Card (issued by Centrelink)
  • Queensland Pension Concession Card (issued by Department of Veterans’ Affairs)
  • Queensland Gold Card (repatriation Health Card for all conditions, issued by Department of Veterans’ Affairs)

Dogs owned by members of endorsed dog association, Dogs Queensland

Registration fees

Registration fees for dogs owned by members of endorsed dog association, Dogs QLD (current members only).

  One registration period option
(registered to 31 August 2020)
Three registration periods option**
(registered to 31 August 2022)
Standard fee $65.00 $130.00
Pension concession* $32.50 $65.00

Required documentation

*A City officer must sight a copy of the current membership card.

Registration period

  • A registration period is from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020
  • One (1) registration period is valid from the date of approval to 31 August 2020.
  • Three (3) year registration periods consist of the remainder of the current period (one year registration) plus two registration periods.
    For example, if you register your dog in November 2019:
    Period 1 = November 2019 to 31 August 2020
    Period 2 = 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2021
    Period 3 = 1 September 2021 to 31 August 2022
    At the completion of the third registration period, you will be sent a renewal notice advising that payment is now due.

If you join an association later in this registration period, you may be entitled to a refund before 1 March of the difference of the registration paid, subject to the submission of a current membership card.

**All registration fees are exempt from GST.

Dog declared 'Dangerous' or 'Menacing'

Registration must be completed in person at a customer service centre. Pension concessions do not apply.

Registration fees

  One registration period option
(registered to 31 August 2020)
Three registration periods option
(registered to 31 August 2022)
Dangerous $300.00 Not applicable
Menacing - desexed $250.00 Not applicable
Menacing - entire (not desexed) $300.00 Not applicable

Required documentation

If your dog is desexed, proof of desexing will be required by supplying:

  • a copy of the desexing certificate from the vet, or
  • a copy of a previous registration paper from another local government area which states the dog is desexed, or
  • a 'Dog desexing statutory declaration' (witnessed by a commissioner for declarations or JP) stating that the dog is desexed.

Find a link to the Dog desexing statutory declaration form below.

Prohibited breeds

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

Reciprocal dog registration

A reciprocal registration is where the dog has been relocated to the City from another Local Authority. Providing the dog is currently registered with that local authority, we will recognise that registration if it is from one of the Local Authorities listed.
Please note: proof of current registration with the previous local authority is required to be sighted by a City officer.

Reciprocal registrations are only accepted from:

  • Brisbane City Council
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council
  • Ipswich City Council
  • Logan City Council
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Redland City Council
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council.

Registration fees

  One registration period option
(registered to 31 August 2020)
Three registration periods option
(registered to 31 August 2022)
All applicants Not applicable Not applicable

Change of ownership

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.

Replacement tag


Other changes to dog registration

Find a link to application forms for the following types of requests below:

Find answers to frequently asked questions below.

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