Pet Registration & Microchipping


Dogs and cats three months and older must be microchipped and registered with Council. Registering your pets means they can be identified and returned if they get lost. Please contact your local vet to arrange microchipping.

How to register your pet

Please complete the Application for Pet Registration Form (PDF 101kb) and either take it to a Customer Service Centre or post it to Council with your payment and proof of microchipping. Once these are received, a lifetime registration tag will be issued. If you do not register your pet or fail to renew your registration, you risk receiving a $322.00 fine.

Once you have registered your pet for the first time, a renewal notice will be sent to you in March or April each year.  It is important you check the details on the renewal notice to ensure you and your pet's information is correct.

Replacement tag

In 2015 Council issued lifetime registration tags.
If you require a replacement tag please contact or visit one of Council's Customer Service Centres.

How many animals can I keep on a single property?

The maximum number of dogs and cats allowed in residences less than 0.5ha is 2 dogs and 2 cats. However if you live on a property between 0.5ha and 2ha you may have 3 dogs and up to 4 cats. If you wish to keep more than the maximum number, you must apply for an Excess Animal Permit (PDF 273kb).

Restricted Breeds

You are required by law to declare if your dog is of a restricted breed (eg American Pit Bull Terrier, Pit Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro, Japanese Tosa and Perro De Presa Canario). Failure to do so may result in a fine. For more information on restricted breeds please visit the Agriculture Victoria website.

Compulsory desexing and containment of cats

In May 2016 Council declared two Orders in relation to the responsible ownership of cats in the Shire. These Orders came into effect on 10 April 2017:

  • Council will not register a new cat unless the cat is desexed or is exempt under the Domestic Animals Act 1994 (the Act and amendments) from any requirement to be desexed. Undesexed cats that are currently registered will not be affected.
  • Under section 26 of the Act Council will require cat owners to contain their cats to their property between sunset and sunrise, unless restrained and otherwise controlled and in the presence of their owner. Cat owners are reminded that cats can still be trapped on private property during the daytime if they are causing a nuisance for the property owner.

Council will undertake a public education program to inform and educate the community about the introduction of the two new orders.

To protect wildlife from roaming cats and to keep cats safe, they should be confined to a building or enclosure between sunset and sunrise. This will also ensure that your cat is not creating a nuisance to neighbouring properties.

Customers who are having problems with nuisance cats can request a cat trap from Council. Alternatively, the details of where a cat lives, if known, can be provided to Council for follow up.

Animal Registration Initiatives

As part of the Domestic Animal Management Plan for 2017-2021, Council is introducing a number of initiatives to make it easier and more affordable for Bass Coast Shire residents to register their animal.

Refund for animals desexed six months after registration/renewal 

Animal owners who have registered their pet as entire but desex it within six months of the registration/renewal date may be entitled to a partial refund. The refunded amount will be the difference between the undesexed fee and the desexed fee. Proof that the animal has been desexed must be provided to Council within the six month period. This will be signed off by an authorised officer before a refund is processed.

Please note, this initiative is not offered to new cat registrations as it is a requirement for all cats to be desexed upon registration.

First year free registration for animals rehomed

Council is also offering free first year registration for animals that have been adopted from a recognised rehoming organisation. Proof will need to be provided that the animal has been adopted from a recognised rehoming organisation and signed off by an authorised officer. Free registration is only being offered for the first year of an animal's registration, animal owners are required to renew their animal's registration in the years following.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these initiatives please contact the Community Safety team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278)


man_with_dog_4.jpgAll cats and dogs being registered with a Victorian Council for the first time must be microchipped. This applies to pets aged 3 months and over.

Microchipping involves inserting a small computer chip under a pet’s skin that can be ‘read’ by a scanner, in order to retrieve the contact details of the pet’s owner. This can be done by a vet or at a Council microchipping day. Microchipping days are advertised in the local papers or you can find out about the next one by contacting Council on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.

The most important aspect of microchipping is that it could literally save your pet’s life. Each year tens of thousands of impounded pets in Victoria cannot be identified. Any unmicrochipped animals that are impounded by Council are not able to be released until they have been microchipped.

If you move house or your contact details change, you can update your information on the microchip registry on the Central Animal Records website or by calling 03 9706 3187.

For more information visit the Agriculture Victoria website or contact our Community Health and Wellbeing Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.

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