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 renewals are due by 25 August this year. Discount is offered to owners who register their dog in July and August. Discounts are also offered to pensioners and owners of desexed dogs.

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*
      • Customer Service Point - CityLibraries Aitkenvale, 4 Petunia St, Aitkenvale*

    *EFTPOS only at these locations no cash

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.

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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*
    • Customer Service Point - 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

How many animals can I have?

Dogs

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

SIZE OF PROPERTY

NUMBER ALLOWED

Multi Residential +

Deemed Approval PDF, 139.3 KB

Under 400m²

Deemed Approval PDF, 139.3 KB

401m² to 4,000m²

2 maximum (4 with Approval)

Over 4,000m²

4 maximum

Over 4,000m

Over 4 (with Approval)

Kennel - Over 400m²

With Approval

Cats

* A permit is required to keep up to 2 cats on any allotment

SIZE OF PROPERTY

NUMBER ALLOWED

Magnetic Island and Paluma

1 maximum

Multi Residential +

2 maximum

Under 400m²

2 maximum

Over 400m²

2 maximum (up to 6 Deemed Approval)

Cattery - Over 400m²

7+ with Approval

* Examples of Multi-Residential premises – Flats, boarding houses, tenement buildings, home units, townhouses and duplexes.

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Birds, Poultry, Cows, Pigs and other Livestock

For information on the number allowed for the following, please read our Deemed Approval factsheet.

SPECIES OR BREED

SIZE OF PROPERTY

Chicken, Ducks, Geese

under 1,000m²

1,001m² to 4,000m²

over 4,000m²

Rooster

Under 4,000m²

Over 4,000m²

Cockatoo, Galah, Peacock

under 4,000m²

Budgerigar, Canary or similar

under 4,000m²

under 4,000m²

over 4,000m²

Pig

under 4,000m²

4,001m² to 10,000m²

over 10,000m²

Horse, Donkey, Cow, Camel or similar

under 2,000m²

2,001m² to 4,000m²

4,001m² to 10,000m²

4,001m² to 10,000m²

over 10,000m²

Sheep, Goat, Alpaca or similar

Under 2,000m²

2,000m² to 4,000m²

2,000m² to 4,000m²

4,001m² to 6,000m²

4,001m² to 6,000m²

Over 6,000m²

Forms

For more information on the Keeping of Livestock please view our factsheet.

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.