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Pet registration and renewal

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.

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Register your pet

If you are registering your pet for the first time they must be microchipped before you can complete the registration process. 

First time registration fees are charged pro rata, so your registration fee will be calculated based on how close to renewal you are.

See registration fees

Register your pet online

See all pet registration forms

Renew registration

Pet registration is due for renewal on 10 April each year. You will receive a renewal notice in the mail in March based on February data. Payment options are provided on your notice. 

If the information on your renewal notice is incorrect please update your details on the notice and return it with your payment either by mail or in person (not by BPAY, phone or Internet).

Pay renewal online

You can also pay:

Council-issued registration tags are lifelong and are not replaced when you renew your registration.

Change of owner

You can change pet ownership details with us if the new owner lives in Maroondah. If the new owner lives in another council area, you will need to contact the new council for their registration requirements.

Change of ownership forms

Removing your pet from the Council register

If your pet is deceased or you move to a different Council area, please let us know so we can update our records.

Responsibilities of pet owners

  • You must be 18 to register your pet.
  • Your dog or cat must be microchipped before it can be registered.
  • A permit is required to keep more than 2 dogs and/or 2 cats.
  • 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.
  • Please give us your mobile telephone number if you have one - this helps us to reunite you with your lost pet.


Penalties apply to owners of:

  • unregistered animals
  • animals found wandering
  • animals found not wearing a registration tag.

Registration checks

Our animal management officers carry out door-knocks across 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 a property. If more than 2 dogs and/or 2 cats are found, an application for a permit will be sent to the owners. 

If you have not registered your animals appropriately fines may apply.

Related links

Off-lead parks

Dangerous dogs

Registration fees

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