Dog registration - Brisbane City Council - Queensland


Brisbane City Council is responsible for administering the requirements of the Queensland Government Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008.

Registration: Queensland Government legislation requires dogs to:

  • be registered by the time they are 12 weeks old
  • have their registration transferred within 14 days of moving to Brisbane.

Microchipping: Dogs must be microchipped when:

  • sold (seller responsibility)
  • given away (responsibility on the person giving away the animal)
  • before reaching the age of 12 weeks.

If your dog is over 12 weeks old and you are not selling or giving it away, you don't need to microchip it.

A licence is required when keeping a dog which is released on commercial premises without a handler, for the purpose or apparent purpose of acting as a deterrent to intruders.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Guard Dog:

Keeping of animals must comply with all relevant city plan provisions, local laws and Queensland government legislation. You must meet the conditions set out in the relevant animal permit conditions.

Council will consider the following factors in deciding whether to grant this permit:

  • the land's physical suitability for the proposed use
  • the structural suitability of enclosures in which you intend to keep animals
  • the likelihood of the animals causing nuisance, inconvenience or annoyance to the occupiers of adjoining land
  • the likely effect on the amenity of the surrounding area
  • the likely effect on the local environment and any possible pollution or other environmental damage
  • other relevant factors to the circumstances of the particular case.


This licence remains in effect for 1 year. A renewal will be sent to you before the expiry date.


You can obtain a schedule of fees from council. Fees and conditions are subject to change. To ensure that you receive the most accurate information, refer to council website.

Transfer process

Registration fees cannot be transferred to another dog. Registration can be transferred from one local authority to another, this is called reciprocal registration.

To transfer, complete a registration application and indicate that the application is for a reciprocal registration. To transfer the balance of registration from another local authority, documentary proof from the previous council indicating the registration is current must accompany this application.

Application process

To apply you will need to complete the relevant application form and submit it to council with the appropriate fee.

Additional information

Guard dogs

  1. No more than four dogs over the age of three months to be kept at one place.
  2. A guard dog must be kept behind a secure fence or enclosure which is adequate to prevent the dog from escaping and which is constructed to a standard approved by council.
  3. A council approved warning sign must be clearly displayed adjacent to each entrance to any property where a guard dog is being kept or used.
  4. The warning sign must provide a 24-hour contact number.
  5. A guard dog must be confined in a secure enclosure at all times when the public has access to the property where the guard dog is being held or used.
  6. A guard dog must be fitted with a microchip approved by council.
  7. A guard dog must wear at all times a council approved guard dog collar.
  8. If a guard dog is declared dangerous under the local law, the conditions of a dangerous dog order will apply to the keeping of that dog, in addition to the conditions of the guard dog permit. In the event of any conflict the conditions of a dangerous dog order will prevail.
  9. The conditions are standard conditions which will ordinarily be imposed on all permits required to keep a type of animal or carry out an activity. They do not limit councils power to set further conditions on a particular permit pursuant to the local law. Applicants are reminded that they must also comply with any relevant minimum standards for the keeping of animals which are set out in Table 4.

Administering agency

Brisbane City Council

Contact details

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Brisbane City Council

Operating address: Library and Customer Centre
Level 1
266 George Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Mailing address: GPO BOX 1434
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Phone: 07 3403 8888
Phone: 13 32 63
Website: Brisbane City Council (Opens in new window)