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 $266.

Your registration fees are used to fund Council pet-related services such as:

  • Caring for lost pets at the pound
  • Providing and maintaining dog off-leash areas including free dog poo bags
  • Handling animal-related complaints and investigations
  • Funding our school visit program to teach kids about being great pet owners
  • Providing a range of free activities for pet owners such as workshops on problem behaviour a

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 regadmin@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:

Dog registration moving house

All dogs need to be registered with Cairns Regional Council under Queensland legislation. You must also keep your registration details up to date.

Moving to Cairns

You will need to register your pet with Council within 14 days of relocating to the region, and pay the relevant registration fee.

You should also cancel your registration at the local government area you are leaving.

It is not possible to simply 'transfer' your registration (and fees already paid) to Cairns Regional Council.

Don't forget to also update your microchip details (via the microchip database you are signed up to).

Moving to another part of the Cairns Regional Council area

If you are moving home within the region, please notify 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: 16 June 2020