New Pet Registrations and Registration Renewals

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All dogs and cats must be microchipped and registered to their local council by the time they are three (3) months old under state legislation.

New dog or cat registrations

You can register your new cat or dog using our online service.

Cat Registration    Dog Registration

Under the provisions of the Domestic Animals Act 1994, the “Registered Owner” of a dog or cat must be aged 18 years or older. 

When completing your new animal's registration, please provide a copy of all relevant documents including:
• Proof of microchip
• Sterilisation certificate
• Concession details (if applicable)

Please note: if a copy of all relevant documents are not provided, this may prevent you from receiving a reduced fee or we may not be able to accept the registration.

You will receive a lifetime tag for your pet which must go on its collar. Lost or damaged tags will be replaced at one of our offices for a fee of $2.

Registrations for the following animals cannot be completed online and must be submitted at a Customer Service Centre:
• Working Dogs,
• Dangerous Dogs, and
• Guide, Assistance or Federal/State Dogs.
Download the New Animal Registration form(PDF, 232KB)
 

Renewing your pet registration

Animal registrations must be renewed by 10 April each year.

Council sends a letter to all registered pet owners in the shire to remind them when they need to renew. 

Registration fees are outlined below. You can pay your registration renewal using our online eServices payment method.

Registration Fees

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Dog registrations

DESCRIPTION

ANNUAL FEE

ANNUAL CONCESSION FEE

Microchipped only

$130.00

$65.00

Microchipped & desexed

$25.00

$12.50

Over 10 years of age

$41.00

$20.50

Dogs kept for breeding by the proprietor of a domestic animal business conducted on a registered premises

$41.00

$20.50

Dogs registered with an applicable organisation, if their owners are members of the applicable organisation with which the dogs are registered (proof required)

$41.00

$20.50

Dogs that have undergone obedience training which complies with the regulations

$41.00

$20.50

Dog kept for working stock

$25.00

$12.50

Declared dangerous & menacing dog

$140.00

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Cat registrations

DESCRIPTION

ANNUAL FEE

ANNUAL CONCESSION FEE

Microchipped only

$115.00

$57.50

Microchipped & desexed

$20.00

$10.00

Over 10 years of age

$36.00

$18.00

Cats kept for breeding by the proprietor of a domestic animal business conducted on a registered premises

$36.00

$18.00

Cats registered with an applicable organisation, if their owners are members of the applicable organisation with which the cats are registered (proof required)

$36.00

$18.00



 

Microchipping Your Pets

Council has a better chance of finding your lost cats and dogs if they are registered and microchipped.

Registered pets are also less likely to be impounded, saving you impound fees of up to $70 per animal and boarding fees of $20 per animal per day.

Fines might also apply.

 

Desexing Your Pet

Council encourages responsible pet ownership by providing a discounted registration fee for desexed pets.

Bring the appropriate desexing documentation from your pet’s vet, along with your registration form, to one of our offices to receive this discount.

You are also able to apply for an Animal Registration Desexed Refund(PDF, 38KB) .

 

State Government Levy

It is a requirement that Council charge the State Government Levy of $4.00 per registration.  This Levy is primarily used to fund responsible pet ownership educational programs and is included in the registration fee.  Fees help pay for services such as collecting stray and feral animals, operating the pound and prosecuting dog attacks.

 

Important Information

All dogs and cats at three (3) months of age must be registered.

All new animals registrations must also be microchipped.

Once your registration fee is paid, this notice will be deemed to be your certificate of registration. Your animal tag is not valid until payment is made.

Replacement tags are available from the Colac Otway Shire customer service centres. A $2.00 fee is payable for replacement tags.

Penalties apply for:

  • Failure to apply to register a dog or cat.
  • Dog or cat found wandering at large during daytime/night-time.
  • Your dog and cat must wear the registration tag provided at all times, to ensure the ownership of the animal can be quickly traced.
  • The owner of any dog which rushes at, attacks, chases any person or attacks another animal causes an injury.
  • Your dog or cat must not cause a nuisance.