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All dogs in the Toowoomba Region must be currently registered with us and microchipped as required by State legislation. This will help you avoid fines and will ensure your pet can be returned to you if it is lost. Registration fees help fund animal management related services for the community.

Make sure all your pets’ details are up to date on their registration and microchip. Having your pets details current will assist reuniting it with you as quickly as possible if the animal does escape its yard.

Microchips

A microchip is a permanent form of electronic identification which can be implanted by a vet. The microchip can be scanned and contains your contact details which are recorded on an animal record database for the life of your pet. This means your pet is permanently identified Australia-wide and can be safely returned to you even if it is not wearing a collar and tags.

The Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 states that all dogs and cats must be microchipped before they reach 12 weeks of age. All dogs and cats must be microchipped before they are sold or given away, regardless of their age.

Failure to meet the requirements under the ‘Act’ in regard to microchipping may result in substantial fines.

 

Microchipping regulations

On 1 July 2009 the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 was introduced. The Act states that all cats and dogs born after 10 April 2009 must be microchipped before they reach 12 weeks of age. 

If you owned an animal that was older than 12 weeks of age at the time of implementation of the Act (1 July 2009) and still own the animal, you don’t need to microchip it, although it is recommended.

You should avoid purchasing or acquiring a dog or a cat that is not microchipped. If the animal you acquire is not microchipped, it becomes your responsibility to ensure that it is microchipped.

A certificate and details of the microchip registry company or a transfer of ownership document should be provided to you by the person who sold or gave you the animal.

It is a requirement under the ‘Act’ for the owner of a microchipped animal to contact the microchip provider to change details such as a change of address, change of ownership or any change to the status of the animal within 7 days.

You must ensure the animal is microchipped by an authorised implanter before selling or giving it away. This includes puppies and kittens. If the puppy/kitten is too young to microchip, you must wait until it is old enough to have it microchipped.

Provide the buyer with the microchip number, the details of the microchip registry company and a transfer of ownership document.

 

Cat registration

Cat registration is not a requirement in the Toowoomba Region.

 

Dog registration 

Dog registration is a requirement of State legislation outlined in the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008.

Dogs in the Toowoomba Region must be registered with us:

  • before reaching 12 weeks of age
  • prior to the expiry of the current registration
  • within 14 days of obtaining your dog (if the dog is older than three months of age)
  • within 14 days of moving into the Toowoomba Regional Council area.

There are penalties for your dog not being currently register with Council.

 

How to register your dog

Before registering your dog, check the number of animals allowed to be kept at your property.   

You can register your dog by:

To receive dog registration renewal notices by email, register online.

 

How to de-register your dog

  • To de-register your dog simply complete the online form.

You need to provide the following information to register your dog:

  • breed
  • colour
  • dog's name
  • microchip (where applicable)
  • owner's name, address and contact number
  • desexing certificate (this is a requirement to receive the discounted rate)
  • age
  • sex
  • property details where the dog is kept
  • proof of concession entitlement.

We are also able to take note of any distinguishing features or marks your dog may have as well as record the microchip number if applicable.

Your dog is only registered once the required information is provided, the correct registration fee has been paid and a registration tag number is assigned to your dog.

Reciprocal registration is a transfer of the balance of the current year's registration of an animal from one local government area to another. This means there is no fee to register in that current financial year.

Reciprocal registration can occur when:

  • a dog (other than a regulated dog) is currently registered with another local government in Australia and satisfactory proof of registration is produced to Council (such as a receipt or registration certificate)
  • the reciprocal registration request is lodged within 14 days of moving to the Toowoomba Regional Council area.

If you qualify for reciprocal registration please:

  • visit a Customer Service Centre to complete an animal registration form for the animal/s
  • provide proof of current registration (receipt or registration certificate) with another local government
  • provide a microchip number if applicable
  • proof of desexing (if you wish to claim the desexed animal rebate).

Remember to:

  • update your animals' new residency details on the national database (microchipping).

We offer a discounted registration rate for desexed dogs, see animal registration fees.

Dogs that have been obedience trained are less likely to cause a nuisance. Therefore in the spirit of rewarding responsible dog owners, we offer a registration discount for dogs over 6 months of age that have reached an appropriate level of obedience. View our animal registration fees.

A Certificate of completion/achievement issued by a qualified dog trainer must be provided when registering your dog. If you are registering the dog using our online service, please attach the Certificate to the application.

Puppy preschool graduation is not accepted as obedience trained.

We're proud to offer a nil registration fee for eligible assistance dogs. To be eligible you will need to:

For further information please contact us.

To be eligible for a discount on your dog registration you must have one of the following:

  • a current Queensland Centrelink Pensioner Concession card, or
  • a Veterans' Affairs gold card.

It is very important to advise us of any changes to your dog's registration details. For example, if you move house or change your telephone number, we must alter the records so we can still contact you if your dog is found outside your property. It also ensures that you receive your annual renewal notice and your dog isn't left unregistered after the annual expiry date.

The number of animals you can keep at your property depends on a number of considerations. To find out the number of allowed animals for your property view requirements for animal owners.

If your dog passed away in the first month of the current registration period (1 to 31 July), you will qualify for a refund. Reasonable proof will be required e.g. euthanasia certificate, confirmation letter from a vet or an invoice.

If your dog has passed away after 31 July in any year a refund will not be available. However, during the current registration year you are entitled to an initial nil registration fee for the remainder of the registration period, should you wish to register a new dog.

We must be advised within 7 days of the death in order for a refund to be considered. You can contact Council to discuss your circumstances.

 

Animal registration renewals

Animal registration renewal payments are due by 30 June of each year but dog owners are welcome to update their details at any time. The yearly registration period runs from 1 July to 30 June each year. To receive renewal notices by email, register online.

The registration renewal service is generally available from 1 June to 30 June. Registration renewal can be paid online, by mail, by phone or over the counter. Failing to register your dog by 30 June means the dog will be unregistered.

To keep your details up-to-date please ensure you notify us of the following changes by no later than 30 April each year:

  • your dog has been de-sexed
  • your dog is deceased
  • you have changed your address
  • if there are any other changes to your dog’s registration details.

If required, a copy of the animal registration notice can be requested by contacting us.

 

Change of ownership

Use the form below to change registration details from one owner to another.

Dog Change Of Ownership Form (for print)

 

Lifetime dog registration tags

All new dog registrations and dog registration renewals will receive a green lifetime tag at the time of registration. The lifetime tags are designed to be environmentally friendly and make the registration process easier for dog owners. Dog owners will still pay annual registration fees as normal each June, but won’t need to replace tags every year and will have the convenience of keeping the same tag number for the entire life of the dog.

The tag must be worn by the dog at all times. This tag will assist the return of your dog in the event that it becomes lost.

If your dog’s lifetime tag is lost or damaged a replacement tag can be obtained at Council’s Customer Service Centre, at no charge.

 

Related documents

Dog registration application (online)

Dog registration renewal online payment

Dog Change Of Ownership Form (for print)

Dog registration application form (PDF for print)

Animal registration fees

Receive animal registration renewal notices by email (online).