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  • All dogs and cats must be registered with Council.
  • All dogs and cats must be microchipped to be registered.
  • There is an annual fee for registering your pet.
  • All registered pets must wear the lifetime tag on their collar.

If your dog or cat is over the age of 3 months, it must be registered with Council. It's important to note that this is the law and you may be fined if your pet is not registered.

Once your pet is registered, you need to renew your pet registration by 9 April each year. Registration is not transferable between animals.

If your pet has passed away or you have moved out of Boroondara, please transfer or change your registration.


  • All dogs and cats registered with Council have to be microchipped.
  • Your pet must wear the lifetime tag on their collar or you may be fined.
  • You receive a discount on your pet registration if your dog or cat is desexed.
  • If you have more than 2 cats or 2 dogs, you need to apply for an Excess Animal Permit.
  • You cannot register a restricted breed dog under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956.

Pet registration fees 

Note: if you are registering your pet between 1 January and 9 April 2019, you will be charged the new 2019-20 fee, but your pet will be registered through to April 2020 at not extra cost.

Type Standard Pensioner concession
Cat - desexed



Cat - not desexed



Dog - desexed $59 $29.50
Dog - not desexed $195 $97.50

Step 1: Complete the application form

If you are registering your pet for the first time with Council, you can:

Register your pet online

Or download the Application for pet registration (the 2019-20 application form is in use from 1 January 2019) and submit to Council offices.

With your application, you’ll need to provide proof of:

If you register your dog or cat online, you'll need to upload scanned copies of these documents, for example the microchipping certificate.

To apply for an exemption to desexing, you must provide proof of a vet examination showing the health of the animal would be harmed if it was desexed.

If your dog or cat is already registered elsewhere in Victoria, you may be eligible for a registration transfer and fee waiver. When you register, include evidence of the current registration.

Step 2: Pay the registration fee

Once you have registered your pet online, you’ll receive an Animal ID number via email or SMS.

You can pay online with your credit card using your Animal ID number.

Pay pet registration fee online

You can also pay by phone, mail or in person. For more details, see payments.

Step 3: Display the lifetime tag

Once your pet has been registered for the first time, you'll receive a lifetime tag. Attach the tag to your pet's collar to significantly increase your chances of being reunited with your pet if it gets lost.

Attaching the tag also means you will avoid a fine if your registered dog or cat is found outside your premises without a tag (under the Domestic Animals Act 1994).

Replace a lost pet tag

If you lose or damage your pet's tag, you can contact Council and we'll replace it free of charge.

For more information about pet registration, dog attacks, desexing and other pet-related information, see our Domestic Animal Management Plan

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