Registration of Cats and Dogs - Victoria

Description

You will require this registration if you are the owner of a cat or dog that is over three months old.

This registration also covers all types of dogs (including dangerous dogs) that are used for security (guard dogs) or similar uses.

A dog is considered to be a dangerous dog if either:

  • the dog is kept as a guard dog for the purpose of guarding non-residential premises
  • the dog has been trained to attack or bite a person.

You are required to advise a person you are selling a dog to if it has been registered as 'dangerous'. Registration is likely to be subject to strict conditions, including conditions concerning the enclosure and fence used to contain the dog.

Service type

Licence

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

Exemptions

The holder of a Scientific Procedures Premises Licence (SPPL) or Scientific Procedures Fieldwork Licence (SPFL) is exempt from the cat and dog registration and identification requirements of the Act provided that the cat or dog:

  • is owned by that holder
  • is housed on scientific premises specified on the SPPL or on premises authorised by the SPFL for the carrying out of scientific procedures
  • has been bred for use in a scientific procedure or is being used or is intended to be used in a scientific procedure or is being used for use in scientific procedures
  • is individually identified in a manner commensurate with the Act.  

The holder of a SPPL, SPFL or Specified Animals Breeding Licence (SABL) is exempt from the need to register a domestic animal business with a Council.

If the holder of a SPPL, SPFL or SABL sells a pet shop animal that has been used in research or teaching, the holder is exempt from the offence for a person to sell pet shop animals outside places other than a private residence or a premises that is registered as a domestic animal business for that purpose.

Eligibility requirements

Owners registering a dog or cat for the first time will not be entitled to the reduced fee for micro-chipping alone, but reduced fees may be available if your animal is desexed and micro-chipped. If you require an exemption to desexing your pet, there is now an additional requirement that a veterinarian must personally examine an animal and state in writing why the health of the animal would be harmed if it was desexed.

You can now only be defined as the owner of a dog or cat if you are over 18.

Please consult directly with your council to determine any specific requirements relating to this registration.

Duration

Registrations are an annual charge and must be renewed by 10 April each year.

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All -

Dog fees range between $42 and $124, please consult the responsible council for information on the correct fees to be submitted with your application. Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Application All -

Cat fees range between $28 and $88, please consult the responsible council for information on the correct fees to be submitted with your application. Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Application All $140.00

Dangerous dog used as a guard dog on a non-residential premise. Fees for 2017-18.

Apply Application All $240.00

Dangerous, restricted or menacing breed dog. Fees for 2017-18.

Forms

Lodgement process

Apply

Submit application form and supporting documents to the council.

Administering agency

Melton City Council

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Customer Service

Melton City Council

Operating address: 232 High Street
Melton, Victoria 3337
Mailing address: PO BOX 21
Melton, Victoria 3337
Phone: 03 9747 7200
Fax: 03 9743 9970
Email: csu@melton.vic.gov.au