Pet Registration

Registering your pet online for the first time

Pet registration is a legal requirement under the Domestic Animals Act 1994. Fines apply for non-compliance. Every dog and cat three months of age and over must be registered with your local council. Existing registrations must be renewed by 10 April each year. 

Your registration fee gives you more than just a lost and found service for your pet. It is also funds:

  • Facilities such as dog parks, dog poo bins and the Stonnington Pound
  • Animal management officers to attend to nuisance complaints, investigate dog attacks, patrol public spaces, and collect and return stray animals to owners
  • Events such as Pets in the Park
  • Information such as responsible pet ownership publication and websites
  • Domestic animal business audits (e.g. to check animal welfare standards in pet shops)
  • Management of dangerous and restricted breed dogs
  • Animal welfare preparedness
  • Responses to a range of dog and cat welfare issues

Apply online to register your pet for the first time.

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

Not-For-Profit (Initial registration - Up to 12 months or part there of) for adopted pets  

If you provide proof of purchase from a not-for-profit animal welfare organisation you will receive an initial subsidised registration fee. Initial registration will be charged at $5.00. Full fee registration fees will be applicable for the following animal registration period commencing the 10 April every year.

You will still need to apply online. If you’re unable to apply online you can return a printed form(PDF, 182KB) in person at one of our service centres, to pay via cash, cheque or card.

Dog        

Half price fees apply from 10 October each year, for new registrations

  Annual fee 

Concession  fee

Description  

Discounted  fee  $64.50 $32.00 Discounted fees apply when proof of the following is provided: desexed; over 10 years old; for registered breeding purposes or due to veterinary advice; obedience training which complies with the regulations or registered with a Domestic Animal Business or applicable organisation.

Full fee $196.00   $97.50   Dog that is not desexed or none of the above.

Other $315.00 N/A Restricted breed dog; declared dangerous or menacing. No concession applies.

Not for profit
$5.00 $5.00 Dogs purchased from a registered welfare organisation.
Exempt Free Free Guide dogs; State or Commonwealth Government dogs. Proof must be provided.

Cat

Half price fees apply from 10 October each year, for new registrations

Annual fee Concession  fee

Description  

Discounted  fee  $40.50  $20.00 Discounted fees apply when proof of the following is provided: desexed; over ten years old; for registered breeding purposes or due to veterinary advice; obedience training which complies with the regulations or registered with a Domestic Animal Business or applicable organisation.

Full fee $128.00   $64.00 Cat that is not desexed or none of the above.

Not for profit $5.00 $5.00 Cat purchased from a registered welfare organisation.

 

Renewing your pet registration

Existing registrations must be renewed by 10 April each year. Failure to pay the registration renewal fee on time may result in a substantial fine.

Renew your pet registration online using the Animal Number on your renewal notice. Alternatively you can visit one of our service centres to pay via cash, cheque or card.

Updating your details

Please make sure your details are up-to-date with Council:

  • 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 notify us of any changes by contacting us on 8290 1333 or at council@stonnington.vic.gov.au.

Registration fee refund

Please note that after 10 October each year, no refunds will be provided for deceased pets or pets that have moved outside of the municipality. 

Refunds for desexed pets will be provided prior to 10 October each year or within 6 months of initial registration (proof required)

To apply for a refund please complete the refund form(PDF, 304KB) .

You can also read more information(PDF, 352KB) about the benefits of registering your pet and how your registration fees are used.