Cat registration provides security for cat owners and the community. All cats must be registered and wear a council-issued registration tag when in public. This will assist council to identify and reunite cats with their owners should they become separated.
Maximum number of cats
Please note for multi unit developments you must confirm with the body corporate or management whether animals are allowed on the property.
Should you wish to keep more cats, you need to apply to council for permission by completing the form.
When to register your cat
Cat owners should register their cats when they are older than 12 weeks of age, or within:
- 14 days of acquiring the cat
- 28 days of becoming a new resident of the region.
Note: The Animal Management (Cats & Dogs) Act 2008 requires all kittens to be registered at three months of age. You can register kittens aged between three and six months of age free of charge.
Kittens will be classed as entire cats for the purpose of future renewals, unless the owner provides proof that the kitten has been desexed.
Free registration only applies to kittens under the age of six months at the time of registration. Kittens desexed prior to six months of age can also be registered at no charge.
Council offers reduced registration fees for owners who are members of the Queensland Feline Association (QFA) upon provision of the training certification number to council.
How to register your cat
In order to register your cat you must complete a cat registration form and return it to council with the appropriate fee. Fees are listed on the registration form.
The annual registration period is from 1 October to 30 September the following year. New registrations will be valid until 30 September regardless of when the cat is registered.
Renewing your cat registration
Once a cat is registered, council issues an annual registration renewal notice for each registered cat.
Pay your cat registraion renewal with Mastercard or Visa via MyCouncil .
You will need your reference number and the amount payable.
Refer to the renewal notice for other payment methods and fees.
Changes to registration period
The annual registration period for cats will commence on 1 October each year and extend to 30 September the following year.
Pet owners will still receive their annual cat registration renewal notices in the mail. They can expect to receive these in late August or early September.
Changes to cat details
You can notify council online of changes to your cat's registration with council.
Complete the animal change of details online form to:
- claim the pensioner discount to registration fees
- claim the discount to registration fees for desexing
- claim the discount to registration fees for microchipping
- notify council if animal is deceased
- notify council if animal has moved from the Sunshine Coast region
- notify council of a change of address for your animal.
Note: If you own a property within the Sunshine Coast region and you wish to notify council of a change in the address, please complete the change of address (rates) online form. You will be able to change the address for both your rates and your animal.
Implanting a microchip in your cat is only compulsory in two cases:
- if your cat is younger than 12 weeks as of 1 July 2009
- if the ownership of the cat changes after the 1 July 2009.
Council recommends that all cats be microchipped to assist with identifying and reuniting the animals with their owners.
Transferring registration from another council
If you are a new resident of the Sunshine Coast and your cat is currently registered with another council, you should complete and lodge a cat registration form to transfer the cat registration to the Sunshine Coast Council. Registration transfers are free of charge if you provide proof of current registration from another council.