Registration & Microchipping

​Registration

From 1 July 2009, Queensland Government legislation requires that all dogs be registered, although some exemptions may apply.

To register a dog, renew a registration or change the details of a registered dog, please click on the information below and at the bottom of this page:

​QuestionDog over 12 weeks​Already own a dog or cat 12 weeks & over​Buying/selling a dog or cat (any age)​Giving away a dog or cat (at any age)
​Do I need to register my dog with Council?Yes​

​Dogs - Yes

Cats - No

​Yes​Yes
Do I need to microchip my dog or cat?​Yes

​No, if you owned it before 01/07/2009. Still recommended

​Yes​Yes
Do I need to have my dog or cat desexed?*​No​No​No​No

 *Desexing of dogs and cats, although not required, is still recommended.

Dog Registration Renewals for 2018-2019

Council has issued its Dog Registration Renewal Notices for the 2018-2019 financial year in accordance with Section 56 of the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008. All owners of dogs currently registered with Council will receive a renewal notice for their dogs registration via Australia Post.

  • The dog registration renewal period will run through to Tuesday 26 June 2018.

To assist you in successfully paying your dog’s registration renewal fee’s, here are some helpful hints:

  1. Check your notice to make sure that all of the details are correct and if not, please contact Council and provide the correct details. For example, you may have had your de-sexed since you last paid for your dog’s registration and a de-sexed dog is much cheaper to register.
  2. You will be able to pay for dogs registration via Online Services, BPAY, or in person at either of the Council Offices located in Gatton and Laidley.
  3. Before paying your dog registration renewals via BPAY, make sure that the Reference Number you are using for your payment matches the one on your notice.
  4. Remember: Don't use your Rates Reference Number instead of your Dog Registration Renewal Reference Number.

In addition, if you no longer own the dog referred to on your Dog Registration Renewal Notice, let Council know either by email, website, by phone or in person.

Microchipping

Cats and Dogs must be microchipped when:

  • They are sold (seller responsibility); or
  • Given away (responsibility of person giving the animal away); or
  • Before reaching 12 weeks of age.

If your cat or dog was over 12 weeks old before 1 July 2009 and you are not selling it or giving it away, you do not need to microchip it.

The benefits of microchipping
The number on the microchip is linked to your contact details and recorded on a database for the life of your pet.

This means that your pet is permanently identified Australia Wide and can be returned to you even if your pet loses its collar and registration tag.

Maintaining microchip information
Whenever you move address, contact your microchip registry to update your details as soon as possible. This will increase the chance of your pet being reunited with you, should they become lost.

A microchip is the size of a grain of rice. It’s implanted by your local vet. The microchip doesn’t cause any discomfort or pain to your pet.

Tattooing of desexed animals
From 1 July 2009, the Queensland Government requires a small tattoo to be placed on the inside ear of any cat or dog at the time they are desexed.

This is to identify the animal as being desexed. While we recommended that you desex your pet, it’s not compulsory.

Page reviewed: 10 Jul 2018 7:07pm