New registration for dogs
Brisbane City Council only registers dogs that live in Brisbane. New residents must register or transfer their dog's registration within 14 days of moving to Brisbane. Dog registrations are valid for 12 months and must be renewed each year.
Lodge your application with the appropriate registration fee by:
- completing the dog registration online service
- visiting an animal rehoming centre
- visiting Council
- completing a hard copy of the dog registration application form and mailing the completed form with a cheque or money order to:
Brisbane City Council
GPO Box 1434
Brisbane Qld 4001
You can receive six months free registration if you buy your dog from:
The seller must:
- Stamp or write their name (as shown on their animal permit).
- Forward the completed dog registration application form to Council.
- Microchip the dog.
Sellers participating in this program may request application forms and reply paid envelopes. Registration renewals are issued before animal registration finishes.
Guide dogs and other assistance dogs
The blind, vision or hearing impaired receive free registration for assistance dogs. You must submit an animal registration form and a copy of the:
- guide or hearing handlers identification card
- appropriate handlers identification card.
Government entity dog
The Animal Management (Cats & Dogs) Act 2008 exempts a government entity dog (for example, a police or customs dog) from the requirement to be registered and microchipped. You are not required to submit an animal registration form to Council for these dogs.
Pet owners moving to Brisbane can transfer their remaining registration to Council by lodging a dog registration application form. Transfers from another Council area can only be submitted via mail or at a Regional Business Centre. You must provide:
- the current registration
- declared dangerous or menacing dog information (if applicable).
Once your dog is registered, you are sent an identification tag that your pet should wear constantly.
Council will replace a lost, damaged, illegible, faded or faulty registration tag free of charge if the registration is current.
To request a replacement tag for your dog, complete a replacement tag application form online.
Alternatively, you can apply by completing the hard copy form.
A replacement tag will be posted within 10 working days.
Dog registration benefits
Registering your dog improves their chances of being returned to you if they are lost. Other benefits include:
- a Council registration tag
- Council activities for you and your dog, including dog parks and exercise facilities
- a 24 hour lost and found service
- the investigation and resolution of dog problems.
For more information and to find out about the recent changes to cat registration, phone Council on 07 3403 8888.