Responsible Animal Ownership

Owning a pet can provide great companionship however deciding to become a pet owner also means you take on responsibilities to your pet and the community. Keeping your pet safe, controlled and behaved makes for a happy home and neighbourhood.


Fact Sheets

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  • Registration makes it easier for lost animals to be identified and reunited with their owners.  If the owner is not located or identified in Councils animal registration database, it is possible that a lost animal may be rehomed or as a last resort euthanised. 

    Animal registration aims to reduce the number of stray animals in the Maranoa Region, lowering the operating cost associated with animal control and the number of cats and dogs that are euthanised each year.

    Dog registration applies to all dogs being kept within the Maranoa Region – both in and out of town designated areas.  Reduced rates apply to dogs located in non-designated town (rural) areas.  Exemptions exist for both working and assistance dogs.

    Cat registration has been introduced as a mandatory requirement on 13 November, 2019 within the Maranoa Regional Council local government area.

    If your dog or cat is 12 weeks or older, it must be registered. If you have recently moved into the area or have just become the owner of a dog or cat, you must register your pet within 14 days of moving to the area or taking ownership.

    The registration and renewal period for cat and dog registrations starts 1 July and expires 30 June annually. Council issues a renewal notice in early June for each registered animal with payments due by 30 June. Reduced rates are available for desexed animals, with discount available for pensioner concession. 

    The Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 and Maranoa Regional Council Local Law No 2 (Animal Management) regulate the requirements for dogs and cats registration.

    Download your Registration Form Here and register your dog or cat at your local customer service centre.

  • It is the responsibility of the pet owner to contact Council of any changes relating to your pets including change of ownership, address or status of the animal e.g. microchip number. To change your animals registration details please contact Council on 1300 007 662.

  • Dog and cat registration is an annual fee and expires on June 30 each year. Registration discounts are offered for desexed animals and pensioner concession applies.

    Reduced rates apply for dogs located outside of the town designated area. To review each towns designated map, please refer to the table below.

    Council's Designated Urban Area Maps​

    Amby Mungallala
    Injune Roma
    Jackson Surat
    Mitchell Wallumbilla
    Muckadilla Yuleba

    A list of registration fees for cats and dogs can be found in Council's Fees and Charges Schedule​.​

    Failing to Register or Renew your Registration

    Where an authorised person identifies a dog or a cat as not being registered for the current financial year an infringement notice may be​ issued. The fine for failing to register a dog is currently two penalty units. The current value of one penalty unit is $133.45.

    Council conduct annual inspection programs to monitor compliance with Dog Registration and Regulated Dog provisions.  Should non-compliance be identified on the spot fines will be issued.

  • Microchipping

    The Animal Management (Cats & Dogs) Act 2008 requires all dogs and cats from 12 weeks of age to be microchipped.  By taking this measure you will have a lifetime of traceable identification for your pet.

    How microchipping works

    A microchip (about the size of a grain of rice and with its own unique number programmed into it) is injected under the skin around your pet's shoulder area. It is a simple procedure which causes no side effects.

    This microchip can be read simply by passing a scanner over your pet's skin. The scanned number is then checked against the State's microchip registry, which provides details of each pet's owners and registered contact details.

    Once your pet is microchipped, you will receive a certificate of identification from the licensed microchip registry, which contains your contact details. It is important to check the information on this certificate and make sure you update the registry if your residential or contact details are incorrect and/or change.

    If you are unsure of which agency your pet microchip is registered or would like to search for your details you can visit Central Animal Records for more information.

  • Spaying or neutering your pet offers lifelong health benefits, reduces your animals urge to roam and can result in improved behaviour, and unwanted litters.

    Council encourages the desexing of all pets and offers discounted registration fees for cats and dogs that are desexed.

  • All dogs must be on a leash at all times when in public places, except in designated off leash area.  If your dog is found wandering at large or not on a leash in a public place you may be fined.

    Roma's off leash dog park is located at Shady's Lagoon just near the Charles Street Entrance to the Adungadoo Pathway.

    Please download our brochure for more information on the Roma Dog Park and a handy location map.


    Roma Dog Park Rules

    To keep our Dog Park safe and fun please remember:

    • Dogs must be registered and have up-to-date vaccinations
    • Remember that off-leash does not mean out of control
    • Please keep your dog under control
    • Dogs must be leashed while entering & exiting the park
    • Clean up and place waste in the bins provided
    • Owners are legally responsible for the behaviour of their dog at all times
    • Council is not responsible for injury or damage; enjoy at your own risk.
    • All children under 16 must be with an adult
    • Declared Menacing & Dangerous dogs, puppies and dogs on heat are NOT PERMITTED in this area.​​
  • Council has been provided with a guide from RSPCA about Keeping Your Cat Safe & Happy at home, click here to download your guide.