Animal Registration and Legislation

Registration and identification of pets in urban areas is important for the wellbeing of the animals themselves, owner's peace of mind, and to allow 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 animal management offences and associated payments, please refer below. For more information on animal fees and charges, please visit Council's Fees and Charges page.

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.

You can register a new dog by:

  • Registering your new dog online
  • Print and complete the New Dog Registration Application form and either:
    • Mail to: PO Box 1268, Townsville Qld 4810
    • Deliver in person to:
      • Customer Service Centre - 103 Walker Street, Townsville City
      • Customer Service Point - CityLibraries Thuringowa, 86 Thuringowa Drive, Thuringowa Central*

    *EFTPOS only at these locations no cash

For residents on Magnetic Island:

You can also pay your registration in person at:

Magnetic Island Post Office
Shop 2 Harbourside Plaza Shopping Centre,
98-100 Sooning Street, Nelly Bay QLD 4819.

Regardless of land size, only one cat is permitted to be housed on Magnetic Island or Paluma Range properties. An Application Form must also be completed.

Registration Renewals

You can pay your animal registration renewal online here.

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Changes to Animal Registration

To amend a current registration, please complete the appropriate application form below. Amendment forms can be received by Council using any of the following methods:

  • Mailed to: PO Box 1268, Townsville, Qld 4810
  • Delivered to:
    • Customer Service Centre - 103 Walker Street, Townsville City
    • Customer Service Point - CityLibraries Thuringowa, 86 Thuringowa Drive, Thuringowa Central*

*EFTPOS only at this location, no cash

View and print your Animal Registration Renewal online (Please note: A separate registration and a valid email address is required for each animal. Follow the prompts (remember to enter your name as it appears on the notice) and instructions to register.)

Application Forms

Animal Management Local Laws

Council has an animal management local law for the Townsville City Council local government area. You can view all Local Laws here.

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Animal Management

As a pet owner you are responsible for ensuring that you meet local laws requirements and planning guidelines surrounding how many animals or what type of animals you are permitted to have on a property.

How many animals can I have?

Please see the below tables for a quick reference guide to the number of animals allowed with a Deemed Approval.

If you own or plan to own any animals in these categories please ensure you are familiar with the full details and conditions of a Deemed Approval.

Animal Management Education

For a number of years now council has been implementing its animal management health education strategy. The strategy has been encouraging all residents, both owners and non-owners, to take an active role in making the city animal friendly. The strategy actively promotes being a responsible pet owner to the community to protect their pets and other animals.

Council’s Animal Management motto

“We believe that owning pets is a basic right for residents and one of the great joys of our society.

But, that everyone who brings an animal into their lives must be aware of the responsibility that comes with it, as well as the legitimate expectations the rest of the community has about that animal.”


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

  • Free Microchipping Days
  • Hosting our Annual Pet Expo
  • Regular educational displays at community events including Defence Expo, Careers Day, Seniors Day, Million Paws Walk, Cyclone Sunday
  • Partnerships with local animal management allies such as veterinarians and obedience clubs
  • Involvement with Australian Institute of Animal Management (AIAM)