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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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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

Prefer paper? See all pet registration forms

Dog and cat foster carers

Domestic animal foster carers must register all animals housed at their premises, even if with them for a short time.

Under State Government legislation, foster carers can receive reduced registration fees if they choose to enrol in the Foster Carers Voluntary Enrolment Scheme. Find out more about dog and cat foster carers

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 dog registration renewal online  Pay cat registration renewal online

You can also pay:

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

Need a new tag?

Replacement tags are available free of charge and are available either by:

Change of owner

If the new owner lives in Maroondah, you can change pet ownership details with us, using a change of ownership form. 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

Pet has died or moved from Maroondah

If your pet has died or moved to a different Council area, please let us know so we can update our records:

  • call us on 1300 88 22 33
  • email us with your name, address, and pet details.

To change your mailing address for your pet registration, you will need to complete a change of details form

  • 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.

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.


Penalties apply to owners of:

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