Requirements for cat and dog owners | Brisbane City Council

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.

Dogs in Brisbane must be registered. 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

Dog registrations are valid for 12 months and must be renewed each year. 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. It can be implanted by a local vet.

The barcode contains your contact details which are recorded on an animal records database for the life of your pet. This means your pet is permanently identified Australia-wide and can be safely returned to you even if there is no collar or Council registration tag.

Find out how you can microchip your pet at the next Pet Fair

Maintaining microchip information

Whenever you move address, contact your microchip registry to update your details as soon as possible. This will increase the chance of being reunited with your pet should they become lost.