Animal Registration

All dogs and cats must be registered

State legislation requires that all dogs and cats be registered with Council by the age of 3 months.

Registrations are due on 10 April each year, and registration renewal notices are posted in March based on February data. See How to renew your registration 

You must be at least 18 to register your pet.

New registrations

Your dog or cat must be microchipped before it can be registered.

To register your dog or cat:

  • Apply and pay online

    You will need electronic copies of proof of the following, if relevant:
    • microchipping
    • desexing
    • guide or customs dog

      Register your dog or cat 
  • Apply and pay in writing or at our Service Centres

PDF  Animal Registration Application form (PDF, 190kb)

 MS Word  Animal Registration Application form (DOC, 205kb)

Please note that Council-issued registration tags are for life and do not need to be replaced when you renew your registration.

Animal Registration

To change ownership details, please complete the following form in block letters.

This form can only be used if the new owner resides in Maroondah. If the new owner resides in another council, please contact the new council for their registration requirements.

PDF Change of animal ownership details (PDF, 114kb)

MS Word Change of animal ownership details (DOC, 77kb)

Current fees

See current Fees and charges

Keeping more than two dogs and/or cats

A permit is required to keep more than 2 dogs and/or 2 cats - see Permitted number of pets.

Help us to help you!

Give us your mobile telephone number if you have one - this helps us to reunite you with your lost pet.

Your responsibilities

  • Your animal must wear its registration tag at all times.
  • Under Council's Local Law 11, while your dog is not on your property, you must always carry a container or plastic bag and clean up and dispose of your dog's faeces.

Penalties apply to owners of:

  • unregistered animals
  • animals found wandering at large
  • animals found not wearing registration tag.

Registration checks

Council's animal management officers undertake door-knocks throughout Maroondah to check the registration of dogs and cats. Officers will be in uniform and will be carrying Council identification.

Where unregistered animals are found, a Notice to Comply will be issued for registration. When owners are not home an information pack including a Notice to Comply will be sent.

Animal management officers also check the number of animals housed on properties. If more than 2 dogs and/or 2 cats are found, an application for a permit will be sent to the owners. 

Where animals are not registered, fines may apply.


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