Breaches and fines
As a pet owner, you are responsible to ensure your pet is registered, healthy, safe and does not create a nuisance in your neighbourhood.
List of requirements and fines
The following is a list of requirements by animal owners, followed by the fines for breaching them.
As at 1 July 2018, the value of a penalty unit is equal to $130.55. The fine amount must be rounded down to the nearest dollar after the calculation. For example, the fine amount for an infringement of 2 penalty units is: 2 x $130.55 = $261.10; the rounded down fine amount is $261.
Fines for breaching requirements
|Register your dog with Brisbane City Council when it is three months old and every year after||2 penalty units|
|Ensure your animal does not wander at large||2 penalty units|
|Maintain an enclosure that is appropriate to prevent your animal from escaping it||2 penalty units|
|Comply with all minimum standards for your animal||2 penalty units|
|Both the supplier and owner must ensure the cat or dog is implanted with a microchip||2 penalty units|
|Keep your animal under effective control when you're in public (i.e. securely restrained, unless in a dog off-leash area)||2 penalty units|
|When walking your animal always carry a bag or container for its droppings (it's a good idea to carry several bags or containers as you could be fined for not having another container or bag, even after your dog has done its business and you have disposed of it correctly)||0.5 penalty unit|
|Pick up and dispose of your animal's droppings when in public||2 penalty units|
|Ensure your animal does not cause a noise nuisance||Initial offence of 2 penalty units;
OR 5 penalty units if a compliance notice is not complied with
|If you keep more than two dogs and/or three cats as pets you must hold a permit||5 penalty units|
|Comply with all conditions of your permit||2 penalty units|
How to report a breach
To report a breach, refer to making a complaint.
How to pay an animal fine
If you receive a fine, you have 28 days from the issue date to pay the fine or to appeal it.
If no action is taken you'll receive a reminder notice and a further 28 days to resolve the fine. The State Penalties Enforcement Registry will then deal with the matter and you'll be charged additional fees.
You can pay your animal fine online 24 hours a day, seven days a week using your credit card (Visa or Mastercard). You need to wait three days from the date you get your fine before you can pay it online.
You cannot pay the fine online if it is more than 60 days since the date of the fine.
You can pay your animal fine by phone using your Visa or Mastercard. Phone 1300 012 747 and have your credit card and your infringement notice with you.
Send your fine (infringement notice) and a cheque or money order for the amount of your fine to:
Brisbane City Council
GPO Box 589
Brisbane Qld 4001