Overview of registration, legislation and permits

In Victoria, domestic animal legislation aims to:

  • encourage responsible pet ownership
  • protect the welfare of pets
  • ensure pets don't become a nuisance in the community.

The department is responsible for overseeing the development of this legislation, along with associated regulations and codes of practice. The legislation is implemented by local councils and gives them the power to manage dogs and cats living within their boundaries.

All pet owners in Victoria should familiarise themselves with:

Owners may be surprised to learn of the many advantages of pet registration and wide range of programs and services that their fees provide.

Stakeholders in the Victorian pet industry must familiarise themselves with legislation relating to:

Find out more about pets in Victoria:

Page last updated: 24 Nov 2020