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All dogs in the Toowoomba Region must be registered with us as a requirement of State legislation. Registering your dog will help your pet be returned to you if it is lost, with registration fees funding animal management services for the community. While it is not a requirement to register your cat with us, you must still be aware of limits to the number of allowed cats and the guidelines for being a responsible cat owner.
On this page, you will find information on:
You do not need to register your cat with us but you must still microchip your cat and comply with the number of allowed cats.
Information about guidelines you must follow as a cat owner is available in our Responsible pet ownership article.
Dogs in the Toowoomba Region must be registered with us:
Dog registration is a requirement of State legislation outlined in the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008.
Additionally, registering your dog is a safeguard for your pet to be returned if it becomes lost. Registration fees help provide animal management related services to the community including the provision of animal shelter facilities and staff capacity to provide educational activities and deal with animal-related emergencies.
Before registering, please make sure to check the number of animals allowed to be kept at your property.
There are three different ways you can register your dog:
To receive dog registration renewal notices by email, register online.
You need to provide the following information to register your dog:
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 and the correct registration fee has been paid.
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:
If you qualify for reciprocal registration please:
Please remember to:
There is no fee for reciprocal registration. This will apply for the remainder of the current year of registration.
We offer generously discounted registration rates for desexed dogs.
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 50% registration discount for dogs that have reached an appropriate level of obedience from our recognised certified dog training provider - Toowoomba Dog Obedience Club.
To qualify for this discount you are required to have your dog obedience trained/assessed by the Toowoomba Dog Obedience Club. Once your dog has qualified to the level of competency required, the Toowoomba Dog Obedience Club will forward an obedience certificate to us. We will adjust your records to reflect that your dog qualifies for the obedience training discount for the next registration year.
Contact the Toowoomba Dog Obedience club directly on (07) 4633 2241 or visit the Toowoomba Dog Obedience Club website should you wish to enrol your dog.
To be eligible for a discount on your dog registration you must have one of the following:
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 open 'Requirements for animal owners'.
Animal registration renewals occur in 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 only 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 the first week in May each year:
If required, a copy of the animal registration notice can be requested by contacting us.
Use the form below to change registration details from one owner to another.
Animals - dog change of ownership form (online)
Animals - dog change of ownership form (for print)
All new dog registrations and dog registration renewals from 1 July 2016 will receive a green lifetime tag at the time of registration. The new 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.
Dog registration application (online)
Dog registration renewal online payment
Dog registration application form (PDF for print)
Animal registration fees
Receive animal registration renewal notices by email (online)