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Animal registration

Dog or cat registration

Loddon Shire Council encourages responsible pet ownership.

Every dog and cat over the age of three months must be registered. Existing registrations must be renewed by 10 April each year.

Dogs and cats being registered for the first time with Council are required to provide evidence that they have a microchip.

Registering your dog or cat greatly improves their chances of being returned to you if they become lost. Registration fees provide a whole range of other important services too, as a minimum you will get:
  • a Council registration tag for your pet to wear
  • if your pet is found wearing its registration tag you will be notified.
  • if your pet has lost it's registration tag and is micro-chipped Council officers can scan  your pet and obtain owners details to contact you.
  • Council services to respond to calls about wandering dogs or dog attacks. This includes the removal of aggressive dogs from the streets.
  • Council services to deal with nuisance problems, eg. barking dogs.
  • Council control of "Dangerous", "Menacing" and "Restricted breed" dogs in your area.
  • Council monitoring of boarding kennels, catteries, pounds and breeding and training businesses.
Further information on pet registration can be obtained from Local Laws by phoning (03) 5494 1200.

Domestic animal businesses

A Domestic Animal Business Permit gives approval for the operation of businesses that breed, sell, buy, train or board specific types of animals.

A planning permit will be required prior to any Domestic Animal Business Permit being issued. 

You should contact Council’s Planning Department on (03) 5494 1200 to discuss your proposed operations.

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