Dogs throughout the Southern Downs Region must be registered as per the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008.
This means that:
- All dogs must be registered from 12 weeks of age;
- All new animals to the region must be registered within 14 days of arrival;
- Microchipping is compulsory for animals from 12 weeks of age; and
- Working dogs ONLY will be exempt from mandatory registration and microchipping - See Working Dog for further information.
- Desexing is recommended at an appropriate age.
Please note that a permit is required under the Local Law to keep two dogs in those areas of the region defined under Subordinate Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2011 (PDF 7.2MB) as designated town areas.
The Planning Scheme permits the keeping of two dogs and two cats without the need for any planning approval, provided they are ancillary to the residential use of the land and kept in accordance with the local law. If more than 2 dogs or 2 cats are kept on these properties, you will require a planning approval for Kennels & Catteries (Keeping, Boarding and Breeding)
Reasons for Registration
- An animal wearing a registration tag can be put in contact with its owner as quickly as possible;
- Registration with the Southern Downs Regional Council is compulsory for all dogs over the age of three (3) months;
- Registered dogs wearing a collar and tag are easily identified and distinguished from the stray population;
- It is an offence to keep an unregistered dog in the Council's area;
- If you have more than 2 dogs or 2 cats, you will need to lodge a development application;
- Discounted fees apply for desexed & microchipped animals.
- Aged pensioners are also entitled to a reduced fee; and
- Registering your pet is cheaper than paying impounding fees.
PLEASE NOTE: Further information on animal registration and other regulations in relation to animals can be obtained by contacting Council.