Animal Registration

Keeping a Pet

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Why register my dog?

  • It is compulsory to register and microchip all dogs over the age of 12 weeks, in accordance with the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008, with the exception of working dogs as defined in the Act.
  • As a responsible pet owner it is your obligation to ensure your pets are identifiable, healthy, safely contained and do not create a nuisance in your neighbourhood.
  • Please note: Having your dog microchipped is not the same as registering your dog with Council. These two processes are not related and only Council can register your dog.

What are my options?

  • The dog registration period is from 1 August to 31 July with the option of either one (1) year or three (3) year registration periods.
  • At registration you will be issued a registration tag that contains specific information about your dog. It must be attached to your dog's collar for identification, ensuring that should your pet get lost or wander it can be quickly reunited with you by Council's Local Laws Officers.
  • Owners of unregistered dogs can incur an on the spot fine.
  • One (1) year and three (3) year dog registrations expire 31 July regardless of the month your dog is registered.
  • Dog registration renewal notices are forwarded to registered dog owners in July of the year of expiry and must be renewed by 31 July.
  • Dog Renewal Smart Notices are sent direct to your phone providing all the information of paper notice plus extra online features. To nominate your preferred mobile contact number simply call 1300 COUNCIL or email info@wdrc.qld.gov.au. Find out more about Smart Notices.
  • Council recommends desexing your pet by a vet, at an appropriate age and offers incentivised registration fees for desexed dogs. A copy of the Desexing Certificate is required at time of registration.
  • There is no discount period and no ‘pro rata’ offered on registration renewals.
  • Concessions apply for Pensioners.
  • No refunds are payable on dog registrations, including three (3) year registrations.

 

Dog Registration 2016/17

Dog Registration Category  3 Year Fee 1 Year Fee
All Areas Entire Dog $300.00 $100.00
Desexed Dog $105.00 $35.00
Desexed Dog – Pensioner $72.00 $24.00
Puppy (less than 6 months old) N/A $35.00
Declared Menacing Dog $384.00 $128.00
Declared Dangerous or Restricted Dog $900.00 $300.00
2 year compliant Dangerous Dog (application required) $384.00 $128.00

 

How do I register my dog?

  • Please complete the Dog Registration Application form and submit to your nearest Customer Service Centre to complete the registration process.
  • For further assistance please contact us.

What if my dog is only a puppy?

  • For dogs under six months of age, Council now offers a one (1) year Puppy Fee. Recognising that the recommended age for desexing dogs is from six months, the Puppy Fee is capped at the desexed dog rate.
  • This incentivised rate is designed to encourage you to invest the savings toward the cost of desexing your dog. Not only will you make considerable registration savings over the life of your dog, a recent South Australian study has demonstrated a desexed dog is nine (9) times less likely to attack.
  • Animals not desexed within the one (1) year puppy registration period will move to the entire dog category in the next registration period.

What if I move away from the Western Downs region?

  • Council does not have any reciprocal registration arrangements with other Local Authorities.
  • Council does not offer refunds on dog registration should you move out of the region. Therefore we recommend if you are intending to leave the Western Downs region, consideration should be given to the one (1) year dog registration option.

What if my dog passes away during the registration period?

  • Should your dog pass away during the valid registration period, the remaining current balance of the original registration can be transferred to a new dog, if registered within the original registration period.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are my responsibilities as a dog owner under the Local Laws of the Western Downs Regional Council?

A. As a responsible pet owner it is your obligation to ensure your pets are identified, healthy, safely contained and do not create a nuisance in your neighbourhood.
For more specific information please read our Responsible Pet Ownership Fact Sheet.

Q. What happens to my dog registration money?

A. All revenue from dog registration is invested back into Council’s animal management service that is responsible for the running of our pounds, Local Laws Officers who respond to lost or wandering dog requests, the administration of compliance programs and the provision of dog off-leash parks.

Q. I’m moving to the Western Downs Region from another Local Authority, can I transfer my current dog registration?

A. No, Council does not accept registration from other Local Authorities.

Q. If I move out of the Western Downs region can I transfer my dog registration to another local authority?

A. No, Council does not have any reciprocal registration arrangements with other Local Authorities.

Q. If I move out of the Western Downs within the registration period can I get a refund on the remainder of my dog registration?

A. No, Council does not offer refunds on dog registration should you move out of the region. Therefore we recommend if you are intending to leave the Western Downs region, consideration should be given to the one (1) year dog registration option.

Q. My dog is microchipped, does this mean that it is also registered?

A. No, microchipping is separate to registering your dog. Your dog must also be registered with Council.

Q. I’ve lost my registration tag, how do I get a replacement?

A. Simply call your local Customer Contact Centre on 1300 COUNCIL to arrange for a replacement registration tag to be mailed to you, free of charge.

 

Animal Registration Forms

Name Size
Application Dog Registration 248.86 KB
Nuisance Barking Dog Diary 229.27 KB
Permit Keep Additional Animals Application 219.59 KB