Text Size

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

The Domestic Animals Act provides that the following types of businesses which operate within the municipality must register their business with Council:
  • Pet Shops
  • Boarding premises for cats and dogs
  • Dog training establishments'
  • Animal shelters
  • Breeding and rearing premises for cats and dogs

All domestic animal businesses must renew registration annually, pay the registration fee and is subject to annual review.

Our officers inspect all premises to ensure compliance with the Domestic Animals Act and the requirements of the relevant code of practice.

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 proposal.

A breeding and rearing domestic animal business - what is it?

Your domestic animal business is a breading and rearing premises if you breed cats and dogs to sell (whether a profit is made or not) and you have three or more fertile female cats or dogs and you are not a member of an applicable organisation. If you are a member of an applicable organisation, you are exempt from registering as a breeding Domestic Animal Business if you have less than 10 fertile female cats and dogs AND no more than two are not registered with an applicable organisation.

Apply for a domestic animal business registration

To apply for registration, renewal of registration, or to transfer the registration to a proposed new owner, download the application form. For further information, contact Council's Local Law Unit on (03) 5494 1200.


Was this page useful?


(1200 characters)

Type the characters you see in the picture below (Required)

Subscribe to page updates

Fields marked as 'Required' must be completed.