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.
You can pay your existing Animal Registration Renewal Online.
As well as being a legal requirement, paying your pet's registration and displaying a registration tag is a good way of ensuring that your pet can be returned if lost.
Please note: An Animal Registration year runs from 10 April to 9 April the following year or part thereof and is not 12 months from the date your pet is registered. The current registration year is 10 April 2020 to 9 April 2021.
You can register a new animal online:
- Please 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.
- Please check our fee structure before processing payment as we offer a range of discounts you may be eligible.
You can also download our new animal registration form and return the completed form with the fee to one of the Town Halls cashiers and a tag will be issued on the spot. If you are paying online or by mail, the tag will be posted to you.
Fees Dogs Cats Full Fee (microchipped, not desexed and under 10 years old) $210 $106 Full Fee (microchipped, not desexed and under 10 years old) Owner is an eligible state concession card holder $96 $51 Reduced Fee (microchipped and desexed or microchipped and over 10 years old) $70 $37 Reduced Fee (microchipped and desexed or microchipped and over 10 years old) Owner is an eligible state concession card holder $32 $16.50 Restricted breed, dangerous and menacing. No concession applies $268 N/A Free initial registration scheme. Am I eligible? Your pet must be microchipped and registered within four (4) weeks of you taking ownership.
Supporting documentation must be provided with your registration application (Example, Invoice, adoption certificate/agreement, microchip change of ownership form)
$0 $0 Guide dogs/customs dogs
Guide dog/customs dog certificate required
$0 N/A Transfer of Registration
If you are transferring your 2020/21 registration from another council within Victoria proof of your paid registration for the 2020/21 registration year must be provided with your registration application. A copy of your registration renewal form from your previous council will not be accepted as proof.
- Must be microchipped.
- Must also include one of the criteria listed below:
- Over 10 years of age
- A working dog
- Part of a Domestic Animal Business or Applicable Organisation (see the list below).
- Dogs Victoria
- Cats Victoria Inc
- Australian National Cats Inc
- Feline Control Council (Victoria) Inc
- Grey Hound Racing Victoria
- The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy Australia and Victoria Inc
- Australian Association of Professional Dog Trainers Inc
- The Gentle Dog Trainers Association
- DOGS Victoria
- Four Paws K9 Training
If you wish to claim a State Concession (under the meaning of the State Concession Act 1986), you must supply one of the following cards:
- a Health Care Card
- a Pensioner Concession Card issued by the Department of Social Security or the Department of Veteran Affairs
- a Gold Card specifying War Widow issued by the Department of Veteran Affairs
- a Gold Card specifying TPI issued by the Department of Veteran Affairs
- Carers Card.
Please note: Seniors Cards and Student Concession Cards are not eligible for the pensioner rate.
Newly acquired pets are eligible for an initial free registration (valid for the current registration year) if they meet the following criteria:
- Your pet must be microchipped and registered within four (4) weeks of you taking ownership.
- Supporting documentation must be provided with your registration application (for example, invoice, adoption certificate/agreement, microchip change of ownership form)
Dogs and cats that are currently registered in another Victorian municipality, can be transferred to City of Port Phillip.
Your animal could be exempt from paying any additional registration fees for the current registration period.
You need to provide proof of payment from the previous Council at the time of registration.
Please note this does not apply to Restricted Breed dogs and dogs declared dangerous or menacing.
A refund may be considered under exceptional circumstances. Refunds will not be granted if your registration is transferred to another Council (this includes Councils that do not accept a transfer of registration).
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 may encourage early age desexing of dogs and cats. This may in turn prevent the breeding of unwanted dogs and cats.
- animal registrations fund only part of the animal management service including
- stray animal collections
- pound services
- investigation and prosecution of dog attacks and removal of dangerous dogs off our streets
- patrols of beaches and parks for compliance
- discount microchipping
- subsidised Desexing Voucher Scheme
- inspection of Domestic Animal Businesses
- inspections of dangerous/restricted breed dogs
- investigation of nuisance animal complaints
- education for animal owners
- Pet identification registration tags and free replacement tags
- registration incentive programs
The tag issued to your cat or dog will remain current provided that the registration fee is paid annually and the tag should be worn by the animal at all times. This means your pet will keep the same registration tag each year with no need to go through the rigmarole of changing tags annually.
It is also a good idea for your pet to wear a separate ID tag with its name, phone number and address, so neighbours and passers-by can easily return your pet if it escapes from your property.
If your pet loses its registration tag or it is damaged, a new one can be obtained by lodging a request via Online Services or by contacting ASSIST. Alternatively, you can pick one up in person at any of our Town Halls.