To assist Council in finding your pet should it stray, dogs and cats over 3 months of age must be registered with Council.
All registrations are due for renewal on the 10 April each year regardless of what date they were registered.
To assist with identification, pets must wear their registration tag at all times.
Registration costs increase annually, but discounts apply for de-sexing, and dogs and cats over 10 years of age.
All dogs and cats must be microchipped.
Contact Customer Service on 5220 7111 for current registration costs.
- Dog or Cat Reduced Rate: $46 (Pension concession: $23)
- Any animal which is desexed (proof required)
- Both pet and owner registered with applicable organinsation
- Farm working dogs (defined as per Domestic Animals Act 1994, A Dog kept usually on rural land by a primary producer and primarily kept or trained for the purpose of droving, protecting, tending or working stock on a farm.)
- Any animal over the age of 10 years.
2. Standard Cat Registration: $133 (Pension concession: $66.50)
- Any cat not described under category 1
3. Standard Dog Registration: $149 (Pension concession: $74.50)
- Any dog not described under Catergory 1
4. Declared Guard Dog: $179 (no concession)
- A dog kept for the purpose of guarding non-residental premises
5. Declared Menacing Dog: $205 (no concession)
- A dog which is declared menacing following an incident of chasing or rushing at a person or animal
6. Declared Dangerous or Restricted Breed Dog: $308 (no concession)
- Council has declared the dog dangerous because it has caused the death of or serious injury to a person or animal by biting or attacking
- The dog is of a restricted breed
Failure to register or renew the registration of a dog or cat over the age of 3 months is an offence with a current fine of $330 (2019/20 financial year).
Occasionally pets that find their way to the pound are not collected by their owner. After eight days in the pound, these pets become available for adoption provided they are healthy and not aggressive. The Ballarat Animal Shelter and the Geelong Animal Welfare Society are always trying to find a new home for these pets.
While it's great to have pets, too many animals can cause amenity problems in your neighbourhood. Golden Plains Shire has a limit of two dogs and two cats per property. There are limits on other animals such as chickens and horses; particularly in residential parts of towns, and you should contact Council to ensure that you don't have more animals than you are allowed.
You will need permission from Council if you wish to keep more than allowed number of animals, unless they are dogs in a rural area used exclusively for droving or drafting livestock. Application forms for obtaining a permit to keep more than two dogs or two cats can be obtained from either of Council's customer service centres or by clicking the link below.
While cats and dogs are popular choices, it is important to choose a pet that is suited to your lifestyle.
There are a number of other popular pets people may choose to keep, which have no registration requirements with the Council. Other popular pets include rabbits, birds, fish, horses, ferrets and reptiles.
However, it is important to remember that whatever the pet, you are responsible for the care and welfare of the animal. For more information on various pets and their needs, visit Agriculture Victoria’s Other Pets page.