Dog registration & renewals

Make your dog registration renewal easier

Council will shortly be sending out dog registration renewal notices. To streamline the process dog owners are encouraged to:

  • Opt-in to receive your renewal notice by email. Please note that to receive your 2016 renewal via email, you will need to register prior to 14 June 2016.
  • Update your pet's details online or by contacting customer service on 4044 3044.
  • Let us know if you are eligible for a pensioner discount

If you have a new dog, or have recently moved to Cairns, you can register your dog online or at Council's customer service centres.

Dog registration and microchipping is compulsory throughout Queensland. All dogs must be registered with Council from 12 weeks of age and you are required to register your dog with Council within 14 days of moving into the Cairns region. Registration is for 12 months and we will send you a reminder notice when your registrations is set to expire.

There is a $243 fine for not registering your dog.

Registration is not only a requirement under Queensland Law it is a key component of responsible dog ownership.

Registering your dog makes it much easier for Council to reunite you with your pet if it is found outside your property and fees from dog rego fund and improve facilities such as dog off-leash areas and Council's pound, as well as following up complaints and animal-related matters.

How to register your dog

Cairns Regional Council Customer Service Centre, 8am-5pm weekdays, 119-145 Spence St, Cairns

Smithfield Library Council Office,  10am-3pm weekdays, 70 Cheviot Street Smithfield

Gordonvale Library Council Office, 10am-3pm weekdays, 88 Norman Street Gordonvale

Earlville Library Council Office, 10am-5pm weekdays (closed 1pm-2pm for lunch), Stockland Shopping Centre, Mulgrave Road Earlville

Babinda Library open 9am-5pm weekdays (closed 12.30pm-1.30pm for lunch), 24 Munro Street Babinda

Type of dogProof requiredFee
Entire dogN/A$125
Desexed dogSterilisation certificate, or
Letter from vet, or
Prior registration indicating dog is desexed
Pensioner discount, entire dogEligible pensioner concession card$66
Pensioner discount, desexed dogSterilisation certificate, or
Letter from vet, or
Prior registration indicating dog is desexed
Eligible pensioner concession card
Level 3 obedience, entire dogLevel 3 obedience certificate$66
Level 3 obedience, desexed dogSterilisation certificate, or
Letter from vet, or
Prior registration indicating dog is desexed
Level 3 obedience certificate
Registered security guard dogDocumentation indicating registration of security guard dog with a security firm$57
Aged pensioner or guide/assistance/hearing dogDocumentation indicating:
Aged pensioner or Guide/hearing/assistance dog

*if your dog is microchipped and desexed you may be eligible for free 3-year registration. Conditions apply.
Declared dangerous dog $306
Declared menacing/regulated dog $255
Farm dogMaximum of 4 dogs
Farm must be in an area zoned rural productive

Number of dogs

Under Council's Local Laws, the number of dogs you are allowed to keep is based on the size of your property. If you wish to keep more dogs than automatically allowed you need to apply to Council for an "excess permit".

We considered excess permits on a case-by-case basis. A Council officer will discuss your application with you and will inspect your property to establish suitability.

Size of propertyNumber of dogs allowed
Allotment less than 450m21 dog
Allotment above 450m22 dogs

Payment options

You can register your dog online through Council's Online Self Service  or in person at one of Council's Customer Service Centres. Payments in person can be in cash or via EFTPOS, Visa or MasterCard.

When registering your dog, you will need to provide proof that you are eligible for any discounted registration fees (see table above).

Last updated: 07 March 2017