Owning a dog is both fun and rewarding, but it does come with its own set of responsibilities. One of those responsibilities – at least if you’re a resident of Queensland, Australia – is having your dog registered with your local council.
Why should you register your dog?
If you’re still undecided whether registering your dog is worth the hassle, we have a couple of compelling reasons as to why the exercise should be a no-brainer for any dog owner.
- It’s the law. It’s mandatory that all dogs are registered in Queensland.An unregistered dog will attract a fine of at least $200 – plus any outstanding fees – for the owner. All dogs must be registered:
- before they attain the age of 12 weeks (3 months)
- Within 14 days of relocating into a new local government area in the state.
- Help finding your lost pet. If your beloved pooch goes missing (God forbid), the council registration tags provided after you register your dog will help people and city officials identify the lost mutt and get it back to you safely.
- Funding for animal welfare projects. The registration fees you pay will help your local council fund animal welfare projects including shelters, dog parks and exercise facilities.
- Public safety assurance. The registration tags that your dog will wear help assure the public that your dog is a pet, not a stray, and is vaccinated against rabies. People will, therefore, more likely, treat the dog with kindness in case it wanders off.
- Dog problem investigation and resolution. In case there’re complaints from neighbours or any dog-related incident, investigation and resolution of the issue will be a lot easier if your pet is registered.
Registering your dog – the process
Before you can register your dog with any local council, it’s mandated that you first have it implanted with a microchip at a registered veterinarian’s office. The microchip identification details are required to complete the registration.
After that, having your dog registered is quite a simple and straightforward process. You can either pick up the registration form from your local-council offices or access it online from their website. Fill in the form and submit it together with the registration fee and you’re done!
In fact, the entire process can be summed up in just 3 steps:
- Get your dog microchipped at a registered veterinary – the microchip number is required for registration.
- Collect/download the dog registration form and fill it in.
- Submit the registration form, with the necessary documents, and pay the registration fee.
Once your registration has been processed, usually within 10 business days, the council with send out your registration tags, which you’re required to have your dog wear at all times. In most localities in Queensland, dog registration should be renewed every year, unless there is a provision for multi-year registration.
Special permits and reciprocal dog registration
You’re only allowed to register a maximum of 2 dogs per household. Any more and you will be required to have a special permit. A permit will also be required for some dog breeds that have been deemed ‘menacing’ or ‘dangerous’. Dog breeders as well as those keeping dogs for racing are also required to have a special permit.
If you’re relocating from one local authority to another, your current registration from your previous local council could be eligible for reciprocal registration; so be sure to check. If the registration qualifies for reciprocation, all you’ll need to do is have your previous registration validated in the new locality instead of registering your dog afresh.
Dog registration fees, concessions and exemptions
The cost of registering your dog will, generally, range anywhere from $30 to $150 in most Queensland localities. Concessions and/or exemptions are, however, available for:
- Desexed dogs,
- Work dogs and service dogs,
- Government-entity dogs,
- Members of certain dog associations, such as Dogs Queensland and Greyhound Racing Authority, and;
- Veterans and pensioners who qualify for concessions.
Additional documents will, often, be required for you to access these concessions and exemptions.
Now that you have Queensland’s dog registration process figured out, go ahead and get your dog registered to enjoy the benefits while staying on the right side of the law.