Animal Registration and Renewal

All dogs and cats over three (3) months of age must be microchipped and registered with Council.  It is a legal requirement in Victoria as per the Domestic Animals Act 1994.

All pet registrations must be renewed before they expire on 10 April each year. If you have not renewed your pet, it is now overdue and you will recieve an SMS. Renew your animal registration online.

When completing your new animals' registration, please provide a copy of all relevant documents, including:

  • proof of microchip
  • sterilisation certificate, and
  • pension concession card (if applicable)
    (eligible pension cards: Services Australia Pension Concession Card, Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) Pension Concession Card & DVA Gold Card with War Widow or TPI entitlements)

Health Care Cards are not eligible for reduced fees.

Please note: if a copy of all relevant documents are not provided, this may prevent you from receiving a reduced fee or we may not be able to accept the registration.

Note: all cats being registered must be sterilised.

New animal registration

Register your animal online   

Refer to Domestic Animals Act 1994 for valid exemptions.

If your animal is currently registered with another Victorian Council, refer to Animal Transfer below.

It is a requirement that Council charge the State Government Levy of $4.39 per registration.
This Levy is primarily used to fund responsible pet ownership educational programs and is included in the registration fee.  Fees help pay for services such as collecting stray and feral animals, operating the pound and prosecuting dog attacks. 

Renew your animal registration

All pet registrations must be renewed before they expire on 10 April each year or penalties may apply.

Renew your animal registration online.

Receive your renewal notice via email

You can opt to receive your Animal Registration Renewal Notice via email, by registering at Council's eNotices portal.

 

Deceased or departed the area

If your pet has:

  • passed away, or
  • departed the area, i.e. no longer in the City of Melton,

you must notify Council by completing the deceased or departed animal online form.

Failure to do so may result in a fine.  Please ensure you update the animals microchip details with the corresponding Microchip registry. to ensure lost pets are returned to the lawful owner in the event they become lost or injured.

Animal transfer

Animal transfers cannot be completed online. 

Please visit one of our Customer Service Centres with proof of your current registration with another Victorian Council.  To be eligible for a no fee transfer, proof of registration must be in the same owner name.

Download: Animal transfer form(PDF, 113KB).

Note: If you are not able to provide proof of registration, please proceed with the new animal registration.

Change of Animal Registration details

If you need to change your, or your animals details, you can notify us online 
or download the Change of Animal Registration Details form(DOC, 444KB)

NOTE: to notify us online, you will need to register to access the Community Portal.

You can notify us online if your animal:

  • is deceased
  • has departed (no longer resides within the municipality)
  • is sterilised

For other animal or owner information updates, you will need to download the
Change of Animal Registration Details form(DOC, 444KB)

Please ensure you update the animals microchip details with the corresponding Microchip registry. to ensure lost pets are returned to the lawful owner in the event they become lost or injured.

Microchipping

All dogs and cats must be microchipped. You can get proof of microchipping from a vet or from the supplier of your pets microchip, and you must provide these details when registering your pet.

You can have your pet microchipped at any veterinary clinic.

What is a microchip?

  • a microchip is a tiny computer chip placed under the skin of your pet
  • it has a unique code consisting of 15 digits, which when scanned Rangers can identify and contact the owner
  • once in place it cannot be lost, removed or altered for the life of your pet
  • microchipping is not painful and does not cause harm to the animal
  • a microchip is separate to Council Registration

Why microchip my pet?

  • it is listed for life on the Australian Animal Register
  • if your pet is ever lost or impounded it can be identified and reunited with its owner.

Dangerous or menacing dog

A dangerous or menacing dog is a dog which has been declared by Council, in accordance with the Domestic Animals Act 1994.

Please note that dangerous or menacing dogs cannot be registered online. Please visit one of our Customer Service Centres to register or renew the registration of your animal in person.

For more information regarding dangerous or menacing dogs please contact our Animal Management Unit on 9747 7200.

Restricted breed dogs

The Domestic Animals Act 1994 requires specific controls for the keeping of restricted breed dogs. The Victorian Government legislation restricts the following breeds:

  • American Pit Bull Terrier (or Pit Bull Terrier)
  • Fila Brasileiros
  • Perro De Presa Canarios (or Presa Canario)
  • Dogo Argentinos or
  • Japanses Tosas

Failure to declare the breed of your dog, if its one of the restricted breeds above, may cause you to be liable to a fine under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, or prosecution in the Magistrates Court.

Tags

Registration tags must be attached to your animals' collar at all times so that Council can contact you if your animal is lost or injured.

Please note: it is an offence under the Domestic Animals Act 1994 for you animal to not be wearing the prescribed registration tag.

Replacement Tags
Lifetime tags are supplied with registration.  If the tag is lost or damaged complete the application for a replacement tag, or visit one of our Customer Service Centres to order a new one.

How many animals can I have?

You can keep up to two dogs and two cats without a permit.

If you intend to house more than 2 dogs and/or 2 cats per property, a permit may be required.

For further information and to apply for a multiple animal permit visit our How many pets can I have webpage or contact us on 9747 7200.

Working dogs

A working dog is a dog used principally for droving, tending or working stock.  To be eligible for a reduced fee you will need to provide proof or a statutory declaration. 

Register your working dog online

or download: New animal registration form(PDF, 113KB)

Guide Dogs, Assistance Dogs, Federal/State Dogs

Guide Dogs, Assistance Dogs or Federal / State Dogs can be registered free of charge.

These registrations cannot be completed online.  Please visit one of our Customer Service Centres with required proof.

Guide Dogs
Section 7 of Domestic Animals Act 1994 exempts a visually - or hearing-impaired person who keeps and uses a guide dog from paying registration. Section 7 also exempts an organisation training guide dogs from the registration fee – this extends to dogs being trained by a person within the home on behalf of the organisation.

Assistance dogs
Assistance dogs, defined under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 is “a dog that is trained to perform tasks or functions that assist a person with a disability to alleviate the effects of his or her disability”.

Provided that certain eligibility criteria are met, assistance dogs can be registered for free.  To avail of the Assistance dog registration scheme and receive the zero-registration fee, the owner of an assistance dog must provide reasonable evidence that:

  • they (or their client) have a disability (as per the Equal Opportunities Act 2010 definition) that necessitates an assistance dog
  • the assistance dog is trained to alleviate the effect(s) of the disability
  • the assistance dog has completed obedience training provided by a dog trainer*

Note: The obedience training can either be completed separately, or as part of the training undertaken to perform tasks or functions that assist the person with a disability to alleviate the effects of their disability.

Note: Dog trainer means a person who:

a) provides training at a dog obedience training organisation approved by the Minister under section 5B(1) of the Domestic Animals Act 1994; or
b) has a Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training; or
c) has a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services

  • the assistance dog is at least 12 months old
  • the assistance dog is desexed.

Emotional Support Dogs are excluded from the free Assistance Dog Registration Scheme.   

Government Dogs
Government dogs are exempt from registration fees under section 8 of the Domestic Animals Act 1994.  Provide proof of status such as Foster Carer Certificate or Foster Care Agreement issued by the Australian Border Force. 

Greyhounds registered with Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV)

Greyhounds registered with GRV with status Racing or Breeding are exempt from Council registration.

Greyhound classified as a pet greyhound are required to be registered and all dog ownership laws under the DA Act apply.

Standard fees apply if:

  • Your greyhound is no longer racing or breeding
  • Your greyhound is under the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP)

Please refer to Animal Welfare Victoria for additional information

Membership of Approved Organisation

A reduced registration fee applies if you and your animal are current members of any of the applicable organisations listed below:

  • Dogs Victoria
  • Master Dog Breeders & Associates (MDBA)
  • Feline Control Council (Victoria) Inc.
  • Australian National Cats Inc.
  • The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy Australia and Victoria Inc.

Proof of membership must be provided at the time of registration as well as the applicable organisations registration certificate for the animal being registered.

 

Dog Obedience Training Organisations

Approved Obedience Training Organisations

To be eligible for the obedience trained reduced fee the animal must have successfully completed an obedience training program with one of the following organisations, who have been approved by the Minister for Agriculture as Approved Obedience Training Organisations:

  • Australian Association of Professional Dog Trainers Inc
  • The Gentle Dog Trainers Association
  • Four Paws K9 Training
  • The Delta Institute

An ‘Animal Welfare Victoria’ dog obedience certificate of successful completion must be provided.

Note that not all Dog Training Establishments are also 'Approved Obedience Training Organisations'. 

For more information, contact Customer Service on 9747 7200 or email: animals@melton.vic.gov.au.