Dog Registration and Cat Registration

Dog Registration and Cat Registration

Dog registration and cat registration renewal forms are sent to animal owners in March each year and all registrations must be renewed by 10 April each year. 

Tags are sent out with the renewal notices, however the registration is not valid until payment is received.

To register an animal please contact Council's Customer Service on (03) 5722 0888 or email 

Download a Registration form below. 

Methods of payment

If all details on the renewal notice are correct and you do not have a new animal to register, you may use one of the following payment methods:-

  • In person at¬†any Post Office (present the notice intact) or¬†at the Wangaratta Government Centre
  • By Mail or¬†Bpay - see back of renewal notice

If any of the information on the renewal notice is incorrect, please correct the information and return the entire notice with relevant payment to the Rural City of Wangaratta, in person or by mail.  Do not pay at a Post Office, via telephone or Bpay.

If you have a new animal to register, please visit the Customer Service desk at the Wangaratta Government Centre to register your pet and receive the registration tag.To claim a discount or concession, proof of sterilisation, registration with an approved breed society, obedience training, etc is required, or a statutory declaration needs to be completed.

Reduced Fees Apply to:


  • Desexed dog
  • Dogs over 10 years old
  • Dogs kept for working stock
  • Dogs kept for breeding by the proprietor of a domestic animal business conducted on registered premises
  • Dogs that have undergone obedience training which complies with the regulations
  • Dogs registered with the Canine Association or any successor in law of that Association or any organisation approved by Council

Please note that from 11 April 2013, for all new registrations, no discount applies for microchipping as per changes to the Domestic Animals Act.


  • Desexed cats¬†
  • Cats over 10 years
  • Cats kept for breeding by the proprietor of a domestic animal business conducted on registered premises
  • Cats registered with the Feline Control Council, the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy Aust. or any successor in law of any one of those associations or a breed society approved by Council

Please note that from 11 April 2013, for all new registrations, no discount applies for microchipping as per changes to the Domestic Animals Act.

Keep Your Pet Registered Each Year

Once your dog or cat is registered and remains in your care, you must continue to keep your dog or cat registered each year and also ensure the correct Council registration marker for that year is worn by your pet.  Council will undertake periodic door-knocks of premises to ensure that all animals are registered.  If you fail to do this, you may incur a penalty.

Please note, if your registration lapses,  you may have to pay a higher fee to re-register if your animal is not desexed.

Lifetime Registration Tags

In 2015 the Rural City of Wangaratta introduced lifetime registration tags for pet owners.  Lifetime tags will be more convenient to pet owners as the tag will not need to be changed for the life of your pet.  New green registration tags were provided on 2015/2016 renewal invoices and must be clearly displayed on the collar of your animal. If the tag is broken or lost, Council will arrange a replacement tag.

Registered Dog or Cat without Registration Tag

You must ensure that your dog or cat wears the registration identification tag as issued by the Council at all times.  Where a registered dog or cat is found outside of the owner's premises not wearing the current registration tag it is difficult for Council staff to return your animal and you may be liable to a penalty. 

Dog or Cat Creating a Nuisance

The occupier of any premises where a dog or cat is kept or permitted to remain must not allow that animal to create a nuisance.  Constant barking is considered to be a nuisance and may incur a penalty.

Penalty and Liability for Attack by a Dog

If a dog rushes at, attacks, bites, worries or chases any person or animal, the owner or person in charge of the dog is guilty of an offence.  Penalties apply.

Dogs Found at Large

If a dog is found at large outside the premises of the owner, the owner may receive an 'on the spot fine'.

Impoundment of Dogs and Cats Found Outside Premises

Council will impound any dog or cat found outside the owner's premises.  Every effort is made to locate the owner of the animal, but if it is not wearing a registration tag this is an extremely difficult task.  If your dog or cat is missing, contact Council's Customer Service immediately.  If the animal is not collected within 8 days it may be euthanased in accordance with legislative requirements.In addition to the fine for allowing the animal to be at large, the owner will be charged a pound release fee.

Domestic Animal Pound

The RSPCA manages the Wangaratta Animal Pound on behalf of Council and is located at Newman Street, Wangaratta.  The RSPCA can be contacted on (03) 5722 2874.

Dog in a Public Place not sufficiently controlled

All dogs when being walked in a public place such as a park, footpath or road, must be under effective control at all times. 

Council has designated reserves in the urban area of Wangaratta where dogs may be exercised off a leash.

The reserves are:

  • Willow Drive Reserve, Wangaratta
  • One Mile Creek adjacent to Rattray Avenue, Wangaratta
  • Native bushland at rear of Barr Reserve, Wangaratta

Download a map of Council's Dog 'off-leash' areas below.

Animal Litter

A person in charge of an animal must not allow any part of the animal's excrement to remain on any public place or Council controlled land.  All animal waste must be collected and disposed of in a manner which will not cause nuisance to any other person.Remember to take a collection bag with you when walking your dog!

Keeping More than Two Animals

A resident must not keep more than two dogs or cats in a residential area without obtaining a permit.  If a permit is requested, Council will first inspect the premises where the animals are to be kept to ensure that they will not create a nuisance to any other person.

Animal Business Registration

The Act requires that all Animal Business Premises must be registered annually.  A domestic animal business is defined as:

  • an animal shelter
  • pet shops
  • enterprise that is run for profit which carries any of the following
    • Breeding of dogs or cats
    • The rearing, training or boarding of dogs and cats

PDF Dog "off-leash" areas (89 KB)

PDFNew Animal Registration Form 2017-2018 (85 KB)

PDFExcess Animal Permit Application (270 KB)

PDFDomestic Animal - Application for Transfer of Ownership (72 KB)

Last Updated: 18-09-2017

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