Pet Registration

In Victoria, legislation requires that all dogs and cats more than three months of age must be microchipped and registered with their local Council. Pet registrations must be renewed by 10 April each year.

The information sheet below contains details on the benefits of registering your pet, and how your registration fees are used.

Pet-registration-Benefits-for-you-and-your-pet.pdf(PDF, 352KB)

Registering your pet for the first time

To register your pet for the first time, complete the form below and attach the relevant documents (as outlined in the form).

Animal-Registration-Notice-2018V4.2.pdf(PDF, 287KB)


You can return the form and make the payment either in person or by post.

In person

Visit one of our service centres between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, to pay via cash, cheque, credit card or EFTPOS.

  • Malvern Town Hall (corner High Street and Glenferrie Road, Malvern)
  • Prahran Town Hall (corner Chapel Street and Greville Street, Prahran)


Make cheques/money orders payable to City of Stonnington and post to:

City of Stonnington
PO Box 58

If you have more than three dogs or two cats, a permit is required. For further information, please visit Pet Ownership Restrictions.

Free up to 12-month registration for adopted pets

The first year of registration is free for cats and dogs adopted from a not-for-profit animal welfare agency. Proof of purchase will be required. The Pet Registration form must still be completed, however the payment section will not be applicable.

Renewing your pet registration

Registration renewal payments must be made by 10 April each year. As the due date for payment is the same every year, you might find it helpful to add this to your calendar or diary.

You will be sent a registration renewal notice well in advance of the due date. Failure to pay the registration renewal fee on time may result in a substantial fine.

Renew your pet registration online

Stonnington residents wishing to pay Animal Registration Renewals direct to the City of Stonnington using a credit card only (Visa, Mastercard, Amex or Diners) can pay by eServices.Payments can be made using the Animal Number on your renewal notice.

Renew your Pet Registration through eServices

From April 2015, we introduced lifetime registration tags for all dogs and cats. This means that your pet will not receive a new registration tag each year, however the annual registration fee must still be paid as usual. If your pet’s registration tag becomes damaged or worn, you can contact us to request a replacement.

Updating your details

Your registration renewal notice will be sent to the address we have on file.

To avoid a delay in receiving your renewal notice or receipt of a renewal notice no longer required, please let us know of any changes to your details, for example:

  • If you have moved house to another location in the City of Stonnington
  • If you have moved out of the municipality
  • If your pet is deceased or no longer owned by you, you can obtain a refund or part there off by filling in this form. Pro rata on a weekly basis after 10 October animal-registration-refund-application.pdf(PDF, 28KB)

You can also notify us of any changes by contacting us on 8290 1333 or at

Registration fees - From 1 July 2017

Fee Type 



Standard fee* $61.50 $38.70
Standard fee (pensioner concession) $30.75 $19.00
Full fee** $180 $119
Full fee (pensioner concession) $90 $59.50
Purchased from a not-for-profit animal welfare agency First year free First year free
 Metal Tags  $5.00  $5.00

*Standard fees are applicable for dogs and cats that are microchipped and comply with any of the following (proof required):

  • desexed (cat desexing is compulsory in Stonnington. Exemptions will only be made for cats for registered breeding purposes or due to veterinary advice)
  • dogs trained by an approved obedience trainer, 
  • more than 10 years of age
  • part of a Domestic Animal Business or applicable organisation.

**Full fees apply to cats and dogs that are microchipped only. For cats exempt from compulsory desexing, evidence of a valid reason for exemption is required.

*The following organisations have been approved by the Minister for Agriculture as approved obedience training organisations in accordance with the requirements of Regulation 52 of the Domestic Animals Regulations.

Registration fee refunds

If for any reason you need to apply for a refund of your registration fee i.e your pet is deceased, recently de-sexed (if you paid full fee) is no longer owned by you, or if you have moved out of the municipality, you may be entitled to a pro rata refund of your animal registration fee. To apply for a refund please complete the form Animal Registration Refund Application Form(PDF, 28KB). Copies of the form are also available at our Customer Service counters.