Dog Registration

Dog registrations are designed to promote responsible dog ownership.

Dog registration also provides safety and security to your dog, you and the community.

Why do I need to register my dog?  German Shep

How many dogs am I allowed on my property?

My dog is a working dog, does that affect my registration?

When should I register my dog?

How do I register my dog?

How much will it cost to register my dog?

When is registration due?

How will my dog be identified as registered?

Do I need to microchip my dog?

Do I need to desex my dog?

What breeds are restricted in the Bundaberg region?

Why do I need to register my dog?

The Queensland Government has introduced new legislation through out Queensland to make registration of all dogs compulsory.

Compulsory registration of dogs aims to

  • Make it easier for lost dogs to be reunited with their owners
  • Promote responsible pet ownership throughout the community 
  • Reduce the number of unwanted dogs at animal shelters

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How many dogs am I allowed on my property?

You are allowed to keep a maximum of 2 dogs on any property. 

You may apply to keep an additional dog under extenuating circumstances. You must complete an Application to Keep More than Maximum Permitted Number of Dogs (below) and pay the relevant application fee (refer to Council's Fees & Charges).

Application to Keep More than Maximum Permitted Number of Dogs

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My dog is a working dog, does that affect my registration?

Under the Animal Management (Cats & Dogs) Act 2008, a working dog is a dog usually kept or proposed to be kept: 

On rural land; and
By an owner who is a primary producer, or a person engaged or employed by a primary producer; and
Primarily for the purpose of droving, protecting, tending or working of stock.

If you believe that your dog meets all of the above criteria you will need to complete a Working Dog Application for Exemption form and submit it to Council for approval.

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When should I register my dog?

Under the Animal Management (Cats & Dogs) Act 2008 all dogs should be registered

  • From 12 weeks of age

OR

  • Within 14 days of acquiring a new dogDog 1
  • Within 28 days of moving to the Bundaberg region.

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How do I register my dog?

To register your dog with Council you must complete an Animal Registration Form (below) and submit the form along with any concessional materials i.e. desexing certificate and/or pension concession card. 

Animal Registration Form

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How much will it cost to register my dog?

Council offers discounted rates for dog registration if

The dog is desexed OR;
You hold a pension concession OR;
The dog is an assistance dog OR;
Your dog is categorised as a rural dog under the Animal Management (Cats & Dog) Act 2008

Refer to Council Fees and Charges to find out how much it will cost.

Council's Schedule Fees & Charges

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When is registration due?

The animal registration period for dogs is 1 September to 31 August.

You will receive your registration renewal notice in July.

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How will my dog be identified as registered?

A tag will be provided when you register or re-register your dog. . On the tag is a unique number will identify you as the owner, when a Council officer searches the tag number. Your details are not shown on the tag.

If your dog is microchipped, the microchip number should be provided to Council as an additional means of identifying your dog.  All dogs are scanned for a chip at Council’s pounds.

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Do I need to microchip my dog?

Implanting a microchip is only compulsory if Dog 3

  • The ownership of the dog changes
OR
  • If your dog is younger than 12 weeks 

Council recommends that all dogs are microchipped for ease of identification.

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Do I need to desex my dog?

Desexing is not compulsory. However, owners are encouraged to have their dogs desexed to reduce the large number of unwanted dogs which are euthanised each year. 

If you require any further information regarding registration of your cat/s please contact the Bundaberg Regional Council on 1300 883 699.

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What breeds are restricted in the Bundaberg region?

Under the Animal Management (Cats & Dogs) Act 2008 the following breeds are restricted dogs

  • dogo Argentino;
  • fila Brasileiro;
  • Japanese tosa;
  • American pit bull terrier or pit bull terrier;
  • Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario

Please note: a breed does not include a crossbreed.

If you dog is one of the above breeds, please contact Bundaberg Regional Council for further information

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