Dog and cat registration fees

Dog and cat snuggled togetherRegistration fees are set by your local council, and vary depending on a number of factors. Contact your council to find out which fees apply to your pet.

You are eligible for reduced registration fees if your pet is:

  • de-sexed
  • has an obedience certificate issued by a Government approved organisation
  • over 10 years of age
  • kept for working stock
  • kept for breeding by the proprietor of a registered domestic animal business
  • a hound registered with the GMA that is microchipped.

You also get reduced registration fees if you are a member of an applicable organisation approved by the Minister.

Pensioners who have approved concession cards issued by the Department of Social Services and Department of Veterans Affairs are also entitled to a reduction in their fees.

Registered foster carers get a significantly reduced registration fee.

Applicable organisations are:

  • Australian National Cats Inc.
  • Dogs Victoria
  • Feline Control Council (Victoria) Inc.
  • The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy Australia and Victoria Inc.

Renew your pet's registration each year

Don't forget to renew your pet's registration each year by 10 April.

Moving home

If you move to a new council area, make sure you transfer your pet's registration. Often when you transfer registration your new local council will only charge you a percentage of the year's registration because of the fees you have already paid. Also remember to update your contact details with your microchip registry — this is a separate task to updating your pet registration records with your local council.

Lost pet tags

If your pet loses its identification marker (which must always be worn by your pet when outside your premises) you can get a new one from your local council.

Cat and dog registration statistics

Year

Dog registrations

Cat registrations

2012

684778

216461

2013

679564

216141

2014

673039

212664

2015

680994

215265

2016

671293

215017

2017

668525

216448

2018

651631

214223

Cat and dog registration statistics

Owning multiple pets

Owning multiple pets is a greater responsibility for any member of the community. All of your dogs and cats must be registered individually with your local council.

Some local councils require permits for residents to keep more than a particular number of dogs and cats on their property. This helps to ensure the welfare of pets, it is important that:

  • they are kept in a healthy environment
  • neighbours are not inconvenienced by pets.

Maximum numbers of pets per household are set by your council, and varies across the state.

It is important to register all your pets. If you do not have a permit for excess animals, council can take further action.

Further information

Read the Domestic Animals Act 1994 as well as a range of other relevant information that can be downloaded from:

For further information please phone the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.

Page last updated: 23 Jul 2020