Dog registration & renewals

Changes to dog registration 2017/18

Council has introduced two new initiatives to make registering your dog easier.

Lifetime tags

Council has introduced life-time tags for registered dogs. This means the registration tag you receive this year will remain with your dog for the life of your pet. You will continue to pay your registration fee annually as normal.

Council issues more than 30,000 tags each year so lifetime registration ensures these tags don't end up in landfill.

If you lose your registration tag you can contact Council by phone on 4044 3044 or email to arrange a replacement. There is no charge for replacing your tag.

First year rego fee discount for entire dogs

All first time dog registrations will be charged at the desexed dog fee of $41. This gives dog owners a year to desex their pet before incurring the higher fee of $125.

This initiative addresses a shortfall in the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 that requires puppies to be registered by 12 weeks, before the age that they can be desexed.

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 registration 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.

Council has also introduced a range of free activities for pet owners such as Communtiy Dog Walks, workshops on address problem behaviour and the annual Pets in the Park day.

I want to

Register my dog

Renew my dog registration:

  • Online
  • In person - visit any of Council's Customer Service Centres

Update my animal registration details (including change of address, deceased pet)

  • Online
  • In person - by contacting Council on 4044 3044 or visiting a Customer Service Centre

Locate a customer service centre

Read the Frequently Asked Questions

Type of dogCriteria / Proof requiredFee
Introductory feeFirst time registered in Cairns Regional Council area$41
Pensioner* introductory feeFirst time registered in Cairns Regional Council area$20.50
Entire dogNot desexed$125
Desexed dogDesexed certificate, or
Letter from vet, or
Prior registration indicating dog is desexed
Pensioner* discount, entire dogEligible pensioner concession card$62.50
Pensioner* discount, desexed dogDesexed certificate, or
Letter from vet, or
Prior registration indicating dog is desexed
Eligible pensioner concession card
Registered security guard dogConfirmed certificate from a security firm$57
Aged pensioner** or guide/assistance/hearing dogAged pensioner** or certified guide/hearing/assistance dog
Your dog must be microchipped and desexed for you to be eligible for free 3-year registration. 
No fee
Farm dogMaximum of 4 dogs
Farm must be in an area zoned rural productive

*Pensioner means that you hold a Centrelink Concession Card or a Department of Veteran Affairs Gold Card but you are not 65 years or older.

**Aged pensioner means that you are 65 or older and hold a Centrelink Concession Card or a Department of Veteran Affairs Gold Card. Your dogs must also be microchipped and desexed to be eligible for your Free Dog Registration.  Aged pensioners must renew their dog registration every three (3) years.

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
Multi-unit dewelings1 dog
Allotment less than 450m21 dog
Allotment above 450m22 dogs
Last updated: 23 June 2017