Registration and Microchipping
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:
Do I need to register my dog with Council? Yes - all dogs over the age of 12 weeks must be registered
Do I need to microchip my dog or cat? Yes - if you owned it before 1/7/2009, microchipping is optional
Do I need to have my dog or cat desexed? No - although not required, it is still recommended
If selling or giving away a dog or cat at any age, do I need to microchip them? Yes
Dog Registration Renewals for 2022-2023
Council has issued its Dog Registration Renewal Notices for the 2022-2023 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 or email.
- The dog registration renewal period will run through to Friday, 30 June 2023.
To assist you in successfully paying your dog's registration renewal fees, here are some helpful hints:
- 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 pet de-sexed since you last paid for your dog's registration and a de-sexed dog is much cheaper to register.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
e-Notices - Switch to Paperless Rates Notices
To avoid the $2.00 fee per posted Animal Registration Renewal Notice - commencing on 1 July 2023, Council recommends dog owners to register to receive Animal Registration Renewal Notices and correspondence issued by Council by email.
If you would like your future renewal notices and correspondence emailed, sign up online here or complete the e-Notices Registration Form and submit to Council Offices at Laidley or Gatton, or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.