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Dog and Cat Registrations

If your dog or cat lives in the City of Kingston municipality, State Government Legislation requires all dogs and cats to be registered with Council at three months of age. If you've purchased a new animal you'll need to register it with Council when it reaches three months, or immediately if it's already three months old.

New Registrations: As of 1 January 2009 all cats and dogs being registered for the first time (new registrations) must be desexed from the age of three months. Exemptions include any dog or cat registered with the City of Kingston before 1st January 2009 and animals exempt under the Domestic Animals Act 1994.

If you would like to register your dog or cat online please click here 

As of 1st May 2007, all cats and dogs being registered for the first time must be microchipped. Exemptions include any dog or cat registered with the City of Kingston before 1st May 2007 and animals exempt under the Domestic Animals Act 1994.

Renewal of Existing Registrations: Owners must renew current animal registrations by April 10 each year. We send out reminder notices before April 10 to all owners of currently registered pets. If you would like to receive your reminder notice delivered straight to your inbox head to Kingston.vic.gov.au/animals register your details and you will receive your next notice delivered conveniently to your nominated email address.

Registration Tags: Did you know that if your registered dog or cat is outside your premises it must be wearing a registration tag? We provide registration tags for the life of your pets. If your tag has become worn, illegible or lost please contact our Customer Care Team for a replacement on 1300 653 356 or click here to request a replacement Council ID tag for your pet online.

Payment of fees: Payment may be made in person at one of Council’s Customer Care Centres  or by mail to Kingston City Council, PO Box 1000, Mentone Vic 3194.

Fee Structure:

DOGS   CATS  

 One or more of the following:
(Satisfactory proof is required - see below)
- Desexed (*Compulsory)
- Over 10 years old
- Kept for working stock
- Kept for breeding at licensed premises
- Registered with Applicable Organisation (i.e. Dogs Victoria)
- Undergone obedience training with approved organisation

 $55

One or more of the following:
(Satisfactory proof is required - see below)
- Desexed (*Compulsory)
- Over 10 years old
- Kept for breeding at licensed premises
- Registered with approved association

 $40

Declared by Council as Restricted / Dangerous 

 $275

Menacing, registered dangerous as a guard dog or trained in Protective Services

 $166





Standard Dog Fee (dogs not included in above)

 $166    

Standard Cat Fee (cats not included in above)         

 $160 


Approved obedience
training means the dog has successfully completed:

  • an assessment program administered by the Victorian Canine Association which results in the award of an obedience title recognised by the Australian National Kennel Council; or
  • an assessment program approved by the Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, and conducted by a qualified dog trainer

Applicable organisations

  • Australian National Cats Inc;
  • Cats Victoria Inc;
  • Dogs Victoria;
  • Feline Control Council (Victoria) Inc;
  • Grey Hound Racing Victoria; and
  • The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy Australia and Victoria Inc

* As of 1 January 2009 all cats and dogs being registered for the first time (new registrations) must be desexed. Exemptions include any dog or cat registered the City of Kingston before 1st January 2009 and animals exempt under the Domestic Animals Act 1994.

Council must not register any new dog or cat that has not been implanted with a microchip after 1 May 2007; this includes previously registered dogs and cats that move into the Council from another Council.

Payment Exemptions

A 50% discount applies to pension card holders only. Pension cards must be presented at any City of Kingston Customer Service Centre for a discount. Health Care Cards and Senior card holders are not eligible. There is no discount on Restricted Breed, Menacing and Dangerous Dogs.

Your Animal Registration Fees Provide:

  • A metal ID tag for your pet
  • A service for owners to reunite lost dogs and cats
  • Council Officers to respond to calls about wandering dogs and cats
  • Council Officers to investigate complaints regarding dog noise nuisances
  • Council Officers to inspect the properties where dangerous, menacing and restricted breed dogs are owned
  • Council Officers to monitor pet shops, boarding kennels and catteries for compliance with the minimum standards under the Codes of Practice;
  • Special events such as the Pet Expo and Microchipping Days

Excess Animal Permit

As specified in the Community Local Law, Council has placed limits on the number of animals you can house at your property (for details, view table below). Should you want more than the specified number, you will need to apply for an Excess Animal Permit. 

Applications can be made online here. Alternatively, please download and complete an application form. 

Limits

Type of animal 

Premises greater than 4000m2 

Premises less than 4000m2 

 Small premises

Cat

4

2

2

Dog

4

1

Rodent/Reptile 

10

5

2

Game Bird

25

2

0

Poultry 

25

10

0

Large Bird

5

5

2

Small Bird

50

50

10

Rooster

0

0

0

Swine/Pig

0

0

0

Agriculture Animal 

0

0

0