Animal Registrations

Registration and identification of pets in urban areas is important for the wellbeing of the animals themselves, owner's piece of mind, and to allow Council to plan for future community needs.In Townsville, all dogs must be registered each year and carry an identification disc 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

Dogs (including puppies) are required to be registered within 14 days of acquiring or moving to Townsville. First registration for animals for the current registration period is $31. Registration is renewed by 31 July each year. Discount is offered to owners who register their dog in June and July. Discounts are also offered to pensioners and owners of desexed dogs.

You can register a new dog by

Registration Renewals

You can pay your animal registration renewal online here.

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 in the Magnetic Island or Paluma Range areas. An Application Form must also be completed.

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, City, CityLibraries Thuringowa - 86 Thuringowa Drive, Thuringowa Central*, CityLibraries Aitkenvale - 4 Petunia St, Aitkenvale*.

*EFTPOS only at these locations 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

Cat Permits

Cats no longer require registration, however owners must apply for a permit to allow a cat on their allotment. Owner can apply for up to two cats per allotment in the general Townsville region, and one cat within the Magnetic Island and Paluma Range areas.