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Microchipping & registration

  • What is microchipping?

    A microchip contains a unique 15 digit identification number and is quickly implanted under your pet’s skin between the shoulders.

    If your animal is found and the microchip is scanned, your pet can be identified.

    Microchips may be implanted only by a vet or other authorised implanter.

    All dogs and cats born after 10 April 2009 must be microchipped before they are sold or given away. All regulated dogs must be microchipped regardless of when they were born.

    If your dog or cat is not microchipped fines may apply.

  • When to register

    In Queensland, all dogs must be registered with council:

    • before they are 12 weeks old
    • within 14 days of moving to a new local council area or taking over ownership

    Working dogs are an exception to this requirement in the Central Highlands. However, a working dog declaration form should be completed. Hunting dogs are not classified as working dogs and therefore need to be registered as a domestic pet.

    Registration can be done at any time of the year. Renewals due at the start of each financial year.

  • How to register

    To register your dog, just complete the application form and call into your local council office.

    You will need to bring your pet’s microchip certificate or proof of payment, proof of desexing (if this applies to your animal) and any concession card should you be seeking a pensioner rate.

    If you change address, contact details or sell or give away your pet, you must notify council.

    If your dog is not registered fines may apply.

  • Registration fees

    The registration fees for 2016/17 are:

    Description Cost
    Entire animal $100
    Desexed $30
    Pensioner (aged, widow & invalid only)
    Entire animal $45
    Desexed $20
    Regulated dogs
    Menacing dog (currently declared dangerous dog) $300
    Restricted or dangerous dog $615
    Guide dog/hearing dog – registration required but no fee charged $0
  • Multiple animal permits

    In urban areas you can have up to two dogs. A permit may be granted for up to three dogs.

    If you would like to apply to keep additional animals, please fill out the relevant form and submit at your local council office.

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