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Pet registration

Pet registration is due on 10 April each year. We will send you a renewal notice when this due date is approaching. 

Why do I have to register my pet? 

Owning a pet is also a responsibility, as you need to make sure your pet is registered with us, desexed and microchipped. 

Registration means that we have a record of your pet's name and your contact details, so that we can return them to you if we find them. It also helps keep the community safe.

All cats and dogs over the age of 3 months in Moreland must be registered with us. This is required under the Domestic Animals Act 1994. If your dog or cat is over 3 months old and not registered, you may get a fine. 

Pet registration helps us understand how many pets live in Moreland, and also funds dog parks, free desexing programs, animal welfare programs, and more.

If you do not register your pet or renew your registration, you could be fined.

How to register your pet

Before registering your pet for the first time, make sure: 

1. To get your pet microchipped if they do not have one already. Microchipping your pet does not mean they are registered with Council. To find out how to also microship your pet see microchipping below.

2. If you have a cat, make sure they are desexed. We strongly encourage you to also desex your dog.

Once your pet is microchipped, and desexed if they are a cat, you can then register them with us. You will need to include a copy of your pet's microchipping certificate, and any supporting documents with your registration form.

What type of registration do I need?

There are different types of registration you may need depending on whether it's a new pet, a registration renewal or a transfer of a pet.

  • When to provide proof for pet detail updates

    You may need to update your pet registration if some of your details have changed. You will need to provide us with proof by mail or by visiting one of our Customer Service Centres if you want to update any of the below details.

    Changing your address: you need to fill out and provide us with the second page of the Animal Registration Maintenance form (DOC 66Kb).

    Updating whether you have desexed your pet: you need to provide us with a copy of the certificate of sterilisation.

    Applying for pensioner concession: you need to provide us with evidence that you currently hold a valid Pensioner Concession Card. Health Care Card holders are not eligible for the pensioner discount.

    Updating whether your dog has compelted an approved obedience training course: you need to provide us with a copy of the obedience training certificate issued by an approved obedience training organisation. You can find out which organisation's courses are approved on the Agriculture Victoria websitePuppy training does not qualify for a reduced fee.

    Confirming that your dog is a registered Service Animal: you need to provide a copy of the relevant service papers. For example, customs or visually impaired.

    Updating whether your dog is a breeding animal: you need to provide evidence that you have a Domestic Animal Breeder's Registration.

    Updating whether your pet is registered with an applicable organisation: you need to provide evidence that you have a registration and membership with an applicable organisation. You can find out what organisations are included as 'applicable organisations' on the Agriculture Victoria website.

    Changing your pet's name or colour: you need to provide a statutory declaration.

    Updating us on your pet's date of birth: you need to provide us with a copy of microchipping certificate (containing date of birth) or statutory declaration.

    Where to provide proof for pet detail updates

    You can provide us with proof of pet detail changes to complete your pet registration by:

    • Mailing your information and a copy of evidence to Moreland City Council, Locked Bag 10, Moreland Vic 3058
    • Visiting one of our Customer Service Centres and providing us with your evidence

    When you don't need to provide proof for pet detail updates

    You will not need to provide us with proof in the following situations:

    • to let us know that your pet is deceased
    • to fix the spelling of your pet's name
    • to add your pet's name if it is missing from our records
    • to make a minor fix to your pet's description
  • You can apply for a new pet registration by:

  • You can renew your pet registration by:

  • If you are given a pet that is already registered in Moreland you can transfer the registration into your name by filling in the Transfer of Animal Ownership Statutory Declaration (DOC 33Kb) form. Once the form is filled in you can either:

    If you move to Moreland with a pet registered in another state or with another council, you need to apply for a new pet registration in Moreland. You also need to inform your old council that you have moved.

You do not need to register:

  • animals such as birds, fish or rabbits
  • greyhounds that are registered with Greyhound Racing Victoria (except those which are part of the greyhound adoption program)

Keeping multiple pets

There is a limit to how many animals can be kept without a permit within Moreland. We want to make sure all pets have enough space and are cared for. It is important to familiarise yourself with how many animals you can keep.

What does it cost to register my pet? 

The registration period is from 10 April to 9 April. See the sections below for dog and cat registration fees. For the current pro-rata fees, go to our eServices website.

To claim the pensioner discount, you must provide evidence that you hold a current valid Pensioner Concession Card (Centrelink or Vetran's Affairs Gold Card TPI/War Widow). Health Care Card holders are not eligible for the pensioner discount.

Dog registration fees for 2021-22

The fees in the table below are inclusive of the government levy of $4.15 per dog. No concession applies to the government levy.

Type

Full fee

Pensioner discount

Evidence required

Standard

$161.25

$82.65

Copy of microchipping certificate.

Reduced fee - desexed

$56.50

$30.35

Copy of microchipping certificate.
Copy of certificate of sterilisation.

Reduced fee - kept for breeding

$56.50

$30.35

Copy of microchipping certificate.

Evidence of domestic animal breeder's registration. The breeding must be conducted at a registered premises.

Reduced fee - undergone approved obedience training

$56.50

$30.35

Copy of microchipping certificate.
Copy of obedience training certificate issued by an approved obedience training organisation. Puppy training does not qualify for a reduced fee.

Reduced fee - registered with an applicable organisation

$56.50

$30.35

Copy of microchipping certificate.

Evidence of registration and evidence of animal owner's membership with an applicable organisation.

Reduced fee - under 6 months

$56.50

$30.35

Copy of the microchipping certificate. Once your dog is over 6 months, provide the desexing certificate to qualify for the reduced fee at the next registration renewal date.

Reduced fee - aged 10 years or over

$56.50

$30.35

Copy of a certificate containing the date of birth.

Service dog (guide, customs, police)

Free

Free

Copy of microchipping certificate.
Copy of service papers, for example, customs, visually impaired.

Guard dog or protection dog

$347.50

$347.50

Copy of microchipping certificate.
Copy of current pet registration with another Council.

Restricted breed or declared menacing or dangerous dog

$347.50

$347.50

Copy of microchipping certificate
Copy of current pet registration with another Council.

Replacement tag

$6.80

$6.80

 

We will not be able to refund registration fees for pets that move out of the Moreland area or are deceased.

Cat registration fees for 2021-22

To help reduce the problem of stray cats and cat over-population, we have introduced compulsory desexing for new cat registration. You can find out more about this on our pet desexing page.

To encourage people to desex and register cats, we have also introduced a first year of animal registration free (pro-rata free until 9 April). All cat registrations are renewed on 10 April each year.

The fees in the table below are inclusive of the government levy of $4.15 per cat. No concession applies to the government levy.

Type

Full fee

Pensioner discount

Evidence required

First year

First-time registration

$0

$0

Copy of microchipping certificate.
Copy of certificate of sterilisation.

First-time registration with Pensioner Concession Card

$0

$0

Copy of microchipping certificate.
Copy of certificate of sterilisation.
Pensioner Concession Card.

Second and following years

Reduced fee - desexed

$34

$19.05

Copy of microchipping certificate.

Copy of certificate of sterilisation.

Reduced fee - kept for breeding

$34

$19.05

Copy of microchipping certificate.
Evidence of domestic animal breeder's registration.

The breeding must be conducted at a registered premises.

Reduced fee - registered with an applicable organisation

$34

$19.05

Copy of microchipping certificate.
Evidence of registration and evidence of animal owner's

membership with an applicable organisation.

Reduced fee - aged 10 years or over

$34

$19.05

Copy of a certificate containing the date of birth.

Replacement tag

$6.80

$6.80

 

We will not be able to refund registration fees for pets that move out of the Moreland area or are deceased.

What happens after I register my pet?

Once you have registered your pet, you will receive a tag with an identification number that you should put on your pet's collar.

How to get your pet microchipped 

What is microchipping? 

Microchipping is a quick and painless procedure where a vet, pound or animal shelter implants a small computer chip under your pet's skin. Microchipping your pet does not mean they are registered with your council.

This microchip contains information about your pet and its owner. The microchip can be scanned by an animal ranger, a vet or an animal shelter when your pet is found missing, and the information is used to reunite you with your missing pet.

Where can I get my pet microchipped?

You must keep the details attached to your pet's microchip up to date. This way you can be contacted if your pet is found. You can find out more about microchipping on the Agriculture Victoria website.

Desexing your cat or dog

You must desex your cat in order for it to be registered. Desexing your dog is optional but it is strongly encouraged. You can find out more on our Desexing your cat or dog page