Animal registration is designed to promote responsible pet ownership. The registration also provides safety and security to your cat or dog, you and the community.

Dog and Cat Registration Fees

The only animals currently required to be registered with Council are cats and dogs. However, you may require an approval (permit) from Council to keep other types of animals.

Why should you register your Animal?

The Queensland Government introduced legislation in 2008 to make the registration of all dogs and cats compulsory.  A recent amendment to this legislation has removed the State-wide requirement for cat registration and has given local government the power to decide whether they wish to continue with cat registration.  Burdekin Shire Council now has until 1 July 2014 to draft a new local law requiring cat registration.

Animal registration aims to:

  1. Make it easier to re-unite lost animals with their owners.
  2. Provide vital animal identification in the event of a disease outbreak.
  3. Provide statistics to help councils to provide appropriate management strategies and facilities.
  4. Promote responsible pet ownership throughout the community.
  5. Reduce the numbers of unwanted pets.

The following are requirements of owning a dog or cat in the Burdekin Shire

  1. Upon taking ownership of a dog or cat, animal owners must ensure that it is registered with Burdekin Shire Council within 14 days.
  2. An owner of a dog or cat is required by law to inform Council of any changes to their details within seven (7) days.
  3. All dogs and cats are to be registered whether they are in a rural or non rural area with the exception of working dogs. (The terms ‘working dog’ is defined in the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008. See Fact Sheet)
  4. Registration falls due in the month of July each year, with renewal notices issued in June.
  5. Irresponsible owners who fail to register their animals with Council will face significant penalties including on-the-spot fines of $235 per animal.

To save time, you can download the Animal Registration form to complete at home before returning it, with the registration fee and any supporting documentation, to Council.


  1. A discount of 50% is offered to owners who register their pets during July.
  2. From 1 August to 31 January full registration fees apply.  Pro rata registration for new registrations only is offered at 50% of the full fee from the 1st of February the following year until the 30th of June.
  3. Discounted fees also apply for desexed animals, microchipped animals, and if the owner is a current Queensland pension concession card holder.
  4. From 1 July 2014, to encourage cat owners to microchip and desex their cats, Council has introduced free registration for desexed, microchipped cats.  Registration is still required and the owner will be required to purchase any new or replacement tags.
  5. The fee for a new animal registration includes the provision of an identification tag.
  6. Burdekin Shire uses a permanent tag system with a unique registration number assigned to each animal for their life span.  Animals should wear registration tags at all times (it’s important to regularly check that your pet’s tag is visible and undamaged).
  7. Replacement tags are available from Council Chambers or the Home Hill Library for a fee.
  8. Registration can be paid at the following locations:
    • Council Chambers – 145 Young Street, Ayr
    • Home Hill Library – Ninth Avenue, Home Hill
    • BPAY – for renewal of registration only (see renewal notice for details)
    • Australia Post – for renewal of registration only (see renewal notice for details)
  9. Please note that if you pay by BPay or at Australia Post and you have any changes to your details you will have to contact Council or return the updated form to Council.
  10. A dog or cat that was born on or after 1 July 2010 must be implanted with a microchip by 12 weeks of age and the microchip number must be provided to Council.
  11. Regulated dogs, including dangerous dogs, menacing dogs and restricted dog breeds, have additional registration requirements.  Please check with Council for specific details.
  12. Working dogs (kept on rural land by a person who works as a cattle producer) are exempt from registration provided adequate proof of their status can be shown.
  13. If your animal dies you are able to make application for a refund from Council. The amount you are refunded depends on Council’s pro rata fee as per Council’s fees and charges.
  14. Current registration fees can be found by viewing Council’s fees and charges.

Further information

To register your animal contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800 or email

To save time, you can download the Animal Registation form to complete at home before returning it, with the registration fee and any supporting documentation, to Council.

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