Animal Registrations

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For more information please visit www.townsville.qld.gov.au/website-information.

Animal Renewals for the 2018/2019 year will be issued to residents from Monday 6 August and are due on Friday 31 August, 2018.

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

    *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

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, 81.5 KB

Under 400m²

Deemed Approval PDF, 81.5 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 (3 - 6 cats with excess 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 and Poultry

SPECIES OR BREED SIZE OF PROPERTY NUMBER ALLOWED
Chicken, Ducks, Geese   Under 1,000m2 6 maximum
1,001m2 to 4,000m2 12 maximum
Over 4,000m2 Not applicable
Rooster  Under 4,000m2 Not allowed
Over 4,000m2 Not applicable
Cockatoo, Galah, Peacock Under 4,000m2 1 maximum with approval
Budgerigar, Canary or similar   Under 4,000m2 20 maximum (no approval required)
Under 4,000m2 Over 20 - Deemed Approval required
Over 4,000m2 Not applicable

Horses, Pigs and other Livestock

SPECIES OR BREED SIZE OF PROPERTY NUMBER ALLOWED
Pig   Under 4,000m2 Not allowed
4,001m2 to 10,000m2 2 maximum
Over 10,001m2 Not applicable
Horse, Donkey, Cow, Camel or similar      Under 2,000m2 Not allowed
2,001m2 to 4,000m2 1 maximum
4,001m2 to 10,000m2 2 maximum (no approval required)
4,001m2 to 10,000m2 Over 2 - Deemed Approval required
Over 10,000m2 Not applicable
Sheep, Goat, Alpaca or similar  Under 2,000m2 Not allowed
2,001m2 to 4,000m2 4 maximum (no approval required)
2,001m2 to 4,000m2 Over 4 - Deemed Approval required
4,001m2 to 6,000m2 6 maximum (no approval required)
4,001m2 to 6,000m2 Over 6 - Deemed Approval required
Over 6,001m2 Not applicable

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.