Dog registration FAQs

Why should I register my dog

All dogs in Queensland must be registered with Council from 12 weeks old. This is a Queensland Government requirement.

The main reason for registering your dog though is so Council has your details and can return your pet if they become lost.

Owners who don't register their pets can be fined $261.

What does my registration pay for?

Dog registration fees:

  • Fund and improve facilities such as the pound and dog off-leash areas
  • Contribute to handling of animal-related complaints and investigations
  • Allow us to provide a range of free activities for pet owners such as Community Dog Walks, workshops on problem behaviour and rehoming days

When do I have to renew my registration?

  • Dog registration must be renewed each year on 1 July (see fees).
  • From 2017, you will receive a lifetime registration tag. You will continue to pay an annual renewal fee as normal, but you will not receive a new tag or registration certificate.

Will I get a new tag each year?

In July 2017, Council introduced lifetime tags for registered dogs.

This means the green registration tag you receive when you first register your pet (from 1 July 2017) will remain with your dog for the life of your pet.

Renewal notices will continue to be sent out each year, but you will not receive a new tag or registration certificate upon renewal.

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 1300 69 22 47 or email Animal_Management@cairns.qld.gov.au to arrange a replacement. There is no charge for replacing your tag.

How do I arrange to receive my renewal by email?

You can request to receive renewals by email:

I have just moved to the Cairns Regional Council area, do I need to register my dog with Council?

  • Yes, you are required to register your dog within 14 days of moving to the Cairns Regional Council area.
  • You should contact your previous Council to advise your dog is no longer in their local government area.
  • There are no reciprocal arrangements with other Councils so you will need to register your dog when you move to the Cairns Regional Council area and pay the full registration fee

What should I do if I move to a new address?

If you are staying in the Cairns region, you should notify Cairns Regional Council within 7 days of any changes to your dog registration details. You can do this via:

If you are leaving the Cairns region, you may need to register your dog with a new council.

When will I receive my dog tag and certificate if I register a new dog online?

Provided the online application is complete and any supporting documentation required is supplied, your registration tag and certificate should arrive within 14 days.

I have a certificate or documentation to upload with my application but don't have a scanner. What can I do?

Council will accept a clear photograph of the certificate. It must be uploaded with your application.

How many dogs can I have on my property?

What do I need to do if my dog has died or left the Cairns region?

You should notify Council within 7 days of any changes to your dog registration details.  You can do this via:

For deceased animals, pro-rata refunds will only be issued if the request is received by Council in writing within 3 months of the registration date.

Refunds will not be considered for any reason other than deceased animals.

What if my dog's tag is lost or damaged?

You should notify Council within 7 days of any changes to your dog registration details so that a new tag can be issued.  You can do this via:

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Last updated: 04 September 2018