Animal Registration and Legislation

Animal registrations and approvals

Registration and identification of pets in urban areas is important for owner's peace of mind, and to enable council to plan for future community needs. In Townsville, all dogs must be registered each year and wear a registration tag, and cats require an approval that is renewed each year. For a full list of required animal approvals and associated applications, please refer below.

Animal management local laws apply to the Townsville City Council local government area. These local laws set out minimum standards for keeping pets and other animals in the Townsville local government area, and also prescribe the types of approvals needed for the keeping of various animals.

Council officers monitor compliance with the local laws, and also monitor some requirements under the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008, for example, registration, microchipping and regulated dogs.

For information on animal fees and charges, please visit Council's Fees and Charges page.

Dogs

The Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 requires all dogs to be registered.

New dog registration

All dogs, including puppies, must be registered within 14 days of acquisition or moving to Townsville, and wear a registration tag. Annual dog registration costs differ depending on whether the dog is desexed or entire, and whether the owner is eligible for a pensioner concession. Annual registration and approvals need to be renewed by 31 August each year.

Dog registration renewals

Registration renewals will be mailed out in August of each year. Annual registration needs to be renewed by 31 August each year.

To renew a dog registration online, you MUST have received a renewal notice from Townsville City Council, as this will have a reference number you will need to use.

Cats

Cat approvals

Cat owners must apply for approval to keep a cat on their property. A cat approval is for one to two cats per property. If you wish to keep more than two cats, you must apply for approval, either for three to six cats, or for a cattery.

Approval for three to six cats is dependent on your property meeting the animal management local law requirements. These approvals are for three years.

Approval for a cattery (more than six cats) is dependent on your property meeting the animal management local law requirements. These approvals need to be renewed annually.

Note: Magnetic Island and Paluma Range area residents are restricted to one cat per property.

Cat approval renewals

Please note: Follow the prompts (remember to enter your name as it appears on the notice) and instructions to renew.

To renew a cat approval online, you MUST have received a renewal notice from Townsville City Council, as this will have a reference number you will need to use.

  • A cat approval is for one to two cats per property. If you wish to keep more than two cats, you must apply for approval either for three to six cats, or for a cattery (go to the Animal Registration and Legislation page for more information).

Note: Magnetic Island and Paluma Range area residents are restricted to one cat per property.

Changes to registration, approval or ownership

To amend a current registration (e.g. the animal has been desexed, has died or has changed owners), please complete the appropriate form below.

In some circumstances, you may be eligible to receive a partial refund of your dog registration, e.g. the animal is now desexed, or you are now a pensioner concession card holder.

Birds and poultry

Horses, pigs and other livestock

Animal management initiatives

There are a number of initiatives council is involved in to promote responsible pet ownership within the community. Such initiatives include: