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.
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.
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.
Council hosts events for Brisbane residents to microchip their dog or cat and record the information with a centralised animal microchip records database for a low fee. Come along to the next discounted microchipping event in your area. Four events will be held in April and May 2016 in Macgregor, Tingalpa, The Gap and Bracken Ridge.
Council officers will also be at these events to register your dog and provide animal management advice for your pet.