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 firstname.lastname@example.org.¬†
Download a Registration form below.¬†
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:-
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.
Please note that from 11 April 2013, for all new registrations, no discount applies for microchipping¬†as per changes to the Domestic Animals Act.
Please note that from 11 April 2013, for all new registrations, no discount applies for microchipping as per changes to the Domestic Animals Act.
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 mau have to pay a higher fee t re-register if your animal is not desexed.
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.
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.¬†
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.
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.
If a dog is found at large outside the premises of the owner, the owner may receive an 'on the spot fine'.
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.
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.
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:
Download¬†a map of Council's Dog 'off-leash' areas below.
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!
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.
The Act requires that all Animal Business Premises must be registered annually.¬† A domestic animal business is defined as: