Animal Registration

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.

To learn more and register your pet, please see the below information. 

  • Registering your cat and dog with us is easy! 

    You can register in person by completing the below form and dropping it in to your nearest Customer Service Centre (find your nearest centre here).

    Animal Registration Application Form

    Your dog or cat must be microchipped and registered within the local government area in which they live in if they are over 3 months old. You may receive an infringement if you do not register your cat or dog.

    All dog and cat registrations expire on 30 June each year.  Renewal notices are issued in the first week of June each year to existing animal owners prompting you to renew your pet registration.

    As part of our continual effort to deliver outstanding customer service, Council will be implementing a new online registration and renewal portal for pets - coming June 2023! 


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

    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​

  • While working dogs do not have to be registered in Queensland there are other laws that you may need to adhere to.

    What is a working dog?

    A working dog is defined in Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 as a dog which is kept:

    • on rural land; and
    • by an owner who is a primary producer, or a person engaged or employed by a primary producer; and
    • primarily for the purpose of droving, protecting or working stock

    Can I register my working dog?

    Yes! While you are not legally obligated to register your working dog council does allow you to register for free. Registration is a great way to ensure your dog can be quickly and easily identified should it become lost.

    To register your working dog:
    • Complete a Working Dog Registration Exemption application
    • Attach proof that you are a primary producer or employed by a primary producer

    Then keep your details up to date to ensure we can contact you should your animal ever become lost.

    If your dog retires and becomes a pet, you simply need to update your dog’s status with council and the registration fee will be charged from the next registration period.

    Working Dog Registration/Exemption Form​​​​

    Working Dog Fact Sheet