Animal registration

You can easily register your pet online. All dogs and cats three months of age and over must be registered with Council.

Are your contact details up to date?

Updating your contact details assists us to reunite you with your lost pet and ensures you don’t miss out on any important communications.

A change of details may include:

  • A change of address within the municipality
  • Your contact details have changed (mobile phone number, preferred email address)
  • Your pet has been recently de-sexed – this will reduce your registration fee (must provide proof of de-sexing)
  • You have become eligible for State concession (must provide proof of State Concession card)
  • Lost or damaged Council registration tag (a replacement will be posted to you free of charge)

Update your details on My Port Phillip.

Pet registration is a legal requirement under the Domestic Animals Act 1994. All dogs and cats three months of age and over must be registered with Council.

Failing to register your dog or cat may result in either a penalty or make you liable to prosecution or both.

Your existing animal registration is available to renew now

All pet registrations are due annually by 10 April.

Registrations renewals for the 2024/2025 year have been processed and posted out to you.

To renew your registration (once you have received this in March 2024), refer to your renewal notice and the steps below.

  1. Enter your 9-digit reference number – this is the same as the Bpay reference listed on the bottom of your renewal notice
  2. A secondary reference number will appear – this is an internal reference and won’t be the same as the reference number entered.

If you have not received a renewal notice for your pet by late March, or if you are not sure if your pet is registered, please let us know.

And remember – your pet needs to wear their blue City of Port Phillip registration tag at all times. If your tag is missing, contact us for a replacement.

If you are unable to lodge using the online form, email our team with your pet's animal reference number at

Which pets must be registered?

All dogs and cats three months of age and over must be registered with Council.

Most puppies and kittens are purchased or obtained between the age of eight to twelve weeks. Registering pets at a younger age ensures that more lost puppies and kittens can be returned to their owners.

Lowering the pet registration age encourages early-age desexing of dogs and cats. This prevents the breeding of unwanted dogs and cats.

Please note: An Animal Registration year runs from 10 April to 9 April the following year or part thereof. It is not 12 months from the date your pet is registered.

Register a new animal for the first time

All new registrations received from Wednesday 1 February 2024, will be valid until 9 April 2025.  If you have an existing pet registration that you would like to renew, please do not select "Register a new pet".  Please await your renewal notice for further details.

Please note:

  • You will need to provide any supporting documentation such as desexing certificates, proof of purchase, Guide or Customs dog certificates or a copy of your concession card.
  • Registration tags are not transferable between animals.
  • Check if you're eligible for a discount in our fee structure before paying.

You can also download our new animal registration form and return the completed form with the fee to one of the Town Halls cashiers. A tag will be issued on the spot.

If you are paying online or by mail, the tag will be posted to you.

Note you don't need to be a registered user of My Port Phillip to register a new pet.

Registration process

Registration fees for 2024/25 Year

Lost pets

If you have lost your animal or if you have found one, visit Lost and Found Animals.

Membership organisations

For membership organisations, vets, breed clubs, kennels and catteries, pet shops and animal welfare organisations, visit pet owner groups and vets.