Dog registration provides peace of mind for dog owners. Dogs must be registered every year. Council issues a registration tag for the dog. This will help council to identify dogs and reunite them with their owners if they get lost.
Registration also provides data that helps ensure appropriate services such as off-leash areas and litter bins are provided where they are needed.
You can register your dog via MyCouncil:
- Register your dog as an online user for MyCouncil
- Click on MyCouncil Services under Personal Access
- Select Animal Registration from the Applications and Searches menu
- Complete the registration details and make payment where required.
Or you can complete a dog registration form and return it to council with the appropriate fee.
Maximum number of dogs
Please note for multi-unit developments you must check whether animals are allowed on the property. Contact the body corporate or management to discuss this.
Should you wish to keep more dogs, you need to apply to council for permission. To apply, complete the additional animal permit application and return to council.
When to register your dog
Dog owners should register their dogs when they are three months of age or within:
- 14 days of acquiring the dog
- 14 days of becoming a new resident of the region.
Note: The Animal Management (Cats & Dogs) Act 2008 requires all puppies to be registered at three months of age. You can register puppies aged between three and six months of age for free.
Puppies will be classed as entire dogs for the purpose of future renewals, unless the owner provides proof that the puppy has been desexed.
Free registration applies to puppies under the age of 6 months at the time of registration. Puppies desexed prior to six months of age can also be registered at no charge.
Reduced fees apply for desexed and microchipped dogs.
Council offers reduced registration fees for owners who are members of the Canine Control Council of Queensland (CCC (Q)). Owners must provide council with their membership number.
Council can fine owners for keeping an unregistered dog.
Other options to register your dog
Complete a dog 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 dog is registered.
Renewing your dog registration
Council issues a registration renewal notice each year for each registered dog.
There are a number of ways to pay your dog registration renewal:
- Go to MyCouncil to pay your dog registration renewal using Visa or MasterCard.
- Pay using BPay by contacting your bank to make a payment from your cheque, savings or transaction account.
- Pay in person at any post office, within the accepted payment timeframe.
- Post a cheque or money order to Locked Bag 72, Sunshine Coast Mail Centre, QLD 4560. Include the bottom section of your animal renewal form with animal details.
You will need your reference number and the amount payable.
Refer to your renewal notice for fees.
Changes to dog details
You can notify council online of changes to your dog's registration details. 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.
Microchipping your dog is compulsory if:
- your dog is younger than 12 weeks as of 1 July 2009
- the ownership of the dog changes after the 1 July 2009
- a dog is a regulated dog. This could be a restricted dog or declared a dangerous or menacing dog.
Council recommends that all dogs are microchipped.
Remember to ensure your pet’s microchip details are up-to-date with your microchip register. This will help council, the vet or lost animal shelter to reunite you quickly and easily.
Transferring registration from another council
New residents to the Sunshine Coast can transfer their dog registration for free. Proof the dog is currently registered with another council is required. Complete the dog registration form to transfer the dog registration to Sunshine Coast Council.