Animals and Registrations.
All dogs and cats, three months of age and over, must be registered by 10 April each year. Failure to do so could result in an on the spot fine of $281 (2 Penalty Units). From 1 May 2007, all cat and dog owners are required to have their pets microchipped before being registered to comply with State Government legislation. This does not apply to pets that are already registered with Council.
Once your pet is registered, yearly renewal notices will be mailed out. A plastic registration tag will be supplied and can be attached easily to your pet's collar. If your animal loses the registration tag, a replacement tag can be supplied at no charge.
You can register your new pet or register an existing pet (if you've just moved to the City of Ballarat) for the first time by visiting our Customer Service team in the The Phoenix, 25 Armstrong Street South, Ballarat. Alternatively, you can download Animal Registration Form submit it with payment in person to Customer Service, The Phoenix, 25 Armstrong Street South, Ballarat or by post to City of Ballarat, PO Box 655, Ballarat Vic 3353.
Please note that, by law, we are unable to register any new animal without microchip details.
RESTRICTED BREED DOGS
As of September 30 2011 Council can no longer accept new registrations for Restricted Breed dogs due to amendments to the Domestic Animals Act 1994. For more information please contact Local Laws on 5320 5500 or visit the Department of Primary website
Renewing your pet registration.
You can renew your pet registration by completing and returning the yearly renewal notice that will be sent to you or by bringing your yearly renewal notice with payment to the Customer Service team in the Phoenix Building, 25 Armstrong Street South, Ballarat. Alternatively, payments may be made online using BPay, POSTBillpay or by using Council's eServices system.
Microchipping is inserting a small computer chip under a pet's skin, usually between their shoulder blades, that can be read by a scanner to retrieve the contact details of the pet's owner. Once implanted, a microchip is a permanent form of identification effective for the life of the animal. Microchipping can easily be done at a local vet clinic.
Animal Registration Fees
|Description for Dogs||Fee:||Description for Cats||Fee:|
|A desexed & microchipped dog
||A desexed & microchipped cat
|A dog over 10 years old
||A cat over 10 years old
|A dog kept for breeding at a registered domestic animal business
||A cat kept for breeding at a registered domestic animal business
|A dog registered with an approved association of which the owner is also a member
||A cat registered with an approved association of which the owner is also a member
|A dog kept for working stock (Primary Production)
||A cat that is microchipped not desexed
|A dog that is microchipped not desexed
||A cat not included above
|A dog not included above
||A cat that is microchipped and desexed up to six (6) months age (initial registration ONLY)
|A dog that is microchipped and desexed up to six (6) months age (initial registration ONLY)
|Dangerous Dog/Restricted Breed Dog/Declared Menacing Dog. (pensioner discount not applicable)
- A State Government Levy of $3.50/dog & $2.00/cat is included in the above fee. The levy is primarily used to fund Responsible Pet Ownership programs
- Documentation must be presented to be eligible for the reduced registration fee
- Holders of Pensioner Concession Cards are entitled to a 50% reduction on all fees except for dogs declared as Dangerous/Menacing or Restricted Breed
- A dog that is microchipped and desexed up to 6 months age (initial registration ONLY) $0.00
- A cat that is microchipped and desexed up to 6 months age (initial registration ONLY) $0.00
- Dangerous Dog/Restricted Breed/ Declared Menacing Dog $96.00