Animal Registration

Message from the Mayor

Mayor Paul McVeigh

Earlier this year Western Downs Regional Council announced a comprehensive $50 million COVID-19 Recovery Package to secure and create jobs, energise the economy and support the region. This included the waiving of upcoming registration fees for desexed dogs.

We understand that some of our residents are doing it tough and waiving these registration fees is a simple way that Council can help.

Registration fees will continue to apply if your dog is not desexed or is a regulated dog. If your dog isn’t desexed, why not take this opportunity to speak to your local vet about the procedure. Just make sure you provide a copy of the desexing certificate when you renew your registration to take advantage of this great offer.

If your dog is desexed, all we ask is that you check over your renewal notice and advise if any of your details have changed. 

Council is also moving to lifelong registration tags, meaning you keep your existing registration tag rather than be reissued a new tag each year. If you’ve lost your tag or it has become unreadable, please contact Council and you will be provided with a replacement. 

For any further questions regarding this, please contact our friendly staff on 1300 COUNCIL (1300 268 624).

Yours sincerely, 

Paul McVeigh

Mayor, Western Downs Regional Council

Desexed Dog Registration and Renewal Fees waived for 2020/21 period

Dog Registration 2020/21

Dog Registration Category  3 Year Fee 1 Year Fee
All Areas Entire Dog $310.00 $110.00
Desexed Dog $110.00 NIL
Pensioner Entire Dog $310.00 $110.00
Pensioner Desexed Dog $75.00 NIL
Puppy (less than 6 months old) N/A NIL
Dangerous Dog, Restricted Dog N/A $360.00
Menacing Dogs N/A $180.00
Compliant Dangerous Dogs $405.00 $155.00
Compliant Menacing Dogs $310.00 $110.00

**if your dog is desexed, a Desexing Certificate must be presented upon registration

How do I register my dog?

Visit your nearest Customer Service Centre to complete the registration process.

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, and your dog be registered under the three (3) year registration provision, the remaining current balance of the original registration can be transferred to a new dog, if registered within the original registration period. No refunds or registration transfers are available for dogs registered under the one (1) year provisions.

What if I want to keep more than two dogs?

Please fill in the Permit to Keep Additional Animals Application Form and return it to your nearest Customer Service Centre.

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 more about Responsible Pet Ownership here.

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 177.86 KB
Barking Dog Diary 133.19 KB
Permit Keep Additional Animals Application 150.62 KB