Requirements for cat and dog owners

Brisbane City Council is responsible for administering the requirements of the Queensland Government Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008.

You must register your dog if you live in Brisbane. Both cats and dogs need to be microchipped and desexed animals need to be tattooed. 

Dog registration

Queensland Government legislation requires dogs:

  • to be registered by the time they are 12 weeks old
  • have their registration transferred within 14 days of moving to Brisbane.

You must renew your dog registration every 12 months. Once you've registered your pet, you'll receive an external tag and a certificate of identification in the mail.


Cats and dogs must be microchipped when:

  • sold (seller responsibility)
  • given away (responsibility on the person giving away the animal)
  • before reaching the age of 12 weeks.

The benefits of microchipping

A microchip is a permanent form of electronic identification. The microchip implant is about the size of a grain of rice and causes no discomfort to your pet. Your local vet can implant the microchip.

The barcode contains your contact details recorded on an animal records database for the life of your pet. Even if your pet is not wearing a collar, or Council registration tag, it can be identified Australia-wide and returned to you.

Maintaining microchip information

Whenever you move address, contact your microchip registry to update your details as soon as possible. This provides an increased chance of reuniting with your pet.

Last updated: 1 May 2019