Animal Registration

Greater Shepparton City Council encourages responsible pet ownership.

Every dog and cat over the age of three months must be registered. Existing registrations must be renewed by 10 April each year.

Registering your dog or cat greatly improves their chances of being returned to you if they become lost. Registration fees provide a whole range of other important services too - as a minimum you will get:

  • A Council identification marker for your pet to wear.
  • Lost and found service - a guarantee that if your pet is found wearing the registration tag you will be notified.
  • Council services to respond to calls about wandering dogs or dog attacks. This includes the removal of aggressive dogs from the streets.
  • Council services to deal with nuisance problems such as barking dogs.
  • Council control of "dangerous", "menacing" and "restricted breed" dogs in your area.
  • Council monitoring of pet shops, boarding kennels, catteries, pounds, shelters and breeding and training businesses.
  • A State Government education program for schools in Victoria.
  • State Government research into dog and cat welfare and control issues.

Council offers free registration for puppies and kittens under six months of age. 

Further information on pet registration can be obtained from the Animal Management department by phoning (03) 5832 9700.

Registration Form

Microchipping

New applications to register a dog or cat will not be accepted unless the dog / cat has been implanted with a microchip (of which proof must be provided). This includes dogs and cats moving into the municipality from another council. However it does not include currently registered dogs / cats with the Greater Shepparton City Council.

Desexing

Cats

Greater Shepparton City Council requires ALL cats within the Municipal District to be desexed prior to registration unless exempt under the Domestic Animals Act 1994 Part 2 10B.

Dogs

To be eligible for a reduced fee rate for dog registration, your dog must be desexed and microchipped. Greater Shepparton City Council will register an undesexed dog that is microchipped, however the full maximum fee will apply.  Proof of desexing and microchipping is required at time of registering dog to receive the reduced fee.

Multiple Dogs and Cats

Under the Council’s Local Law No 1, it is an offence to keep more than two dogs and/or two cats on any one property in a residential or commercial area, or a rural area of less than 8 hectares, without a permit. You can download a permit application form below (please note that an application fee may apply). If you have any questions, please contact us.

Registration Fees and Charges

Fees include the State Government Levy.

Fees Dogs Cats
Maximum $130 $130
Maximum (pensioner) $65 $65
Reduced fee $40 $40
Reduced fee (pensioner) $20 $20
Animals under three months old No Charge No Charge
Transfer of registration from another council $5 $5

Reduced fees apply only to those animals which fit under one of the following categories: 

  • Sterilised and microchipped dog or cat
  • Dog or cat more than 10 years old
  • Undergone obedience training with an approved organisation
  • Dog kept for working stock
  • Dog or cat kept for breeding at a domestic animal business conducted on registered premises
  • Dog or cat registered with one of the following organisations:
    • Australian National Cats Inc.
    • Cats Victoria Inc.
    • Dogs Victoria
    • Feline Control Council (Victoria) Inc.
    • Grey Hound Racing Victoria
    • The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy Australia and Victoria Inc.

Legislation and Penalties

Domestic Animals Act 1994 No. 81 States:

10. Requirement to apply for registration

  1. The owner of a dog or cat must apply to register that dog or cat with the Council of the municipal district in which the dog or cat is kept, if the animal is over three months old.
  2. The owner of a dog or cat which is registered must apply for renewal of the registration of that dog or cat with the Council of the municipal district in which the dog or cat is kept, before the expiration of the current registration.
  3. If a person is making an application under sub-section (1) in relation to a dog, that person must include with the application a declaration as to whether or not the dog in respect of which the application is made is a restricted breed dog.

Penalty

Section 10 (1) - Failure to apply to register a dog or cat: $317.00
Section 10 (2) - Failure to apply to renew a registration: $317.00
Section 10 (3) - Failure to include declaration of a restricted breed at registration: $317.00

If you have received a Notice-Notice to Comply, please ensure that you follow the compliance details by the specified date.  If you are unable to complete the request within the time specified please call the Issuing Officer as soon as possible before the date to discuss an extension.  Failure to comply may result in an infringement being issued.

For more information please contact the Local Laws and Animal Management department on (03) 5832 9700.