Animals

Pet registrations

Learn how to register your pet cat or dog. Registration fees, renewals, free registration for pensioners. Registering desexed and non desexed pets.

All cats and dogs over the age of three months must be microchipped and registered with us. Registrations expire on 10 April each year.

Renewing your pet registration

We generally send renewal notices via email or post around March.

If you do not receive your pet registration renewal notice, please contact Customer Service on 03 8470 8888.

You can renew your pet registration:

Registering your pet for the first time

Pets being registered must be microchipped and can only be registered in one person’s name (not in a company name).

Free registration for pensioners

Darebin Council offers pensioners one free animal registration yearly for each household. This applies to the lowest cost animal registered at the property. This offer does not apply to declared dangerous, menacing dogs, or restricted breed dogs.

To be eligible for a discount you must be the holder of a current Pensioner Concession Card (Centrelink, or Veterans’ Affairs) or Department of Veteran Affairs Gold Card specifying TPI or War Widow.

Discounts do not apply for Health Care Card holders.

Complete the application for pet registration and supply proof of microchipping, desexing and your pension card along with your application and forward to:

If you are eligible for a pensioner free registration, Council will process your application and provide you with a lifetime tag for your pet.

For applicants that are not eligible for a pensioner free registration, Council will provide you an invoice at the pensioner reduced rate.

Register online

As part of registering online, you will need to upload digital copies of relevant supporting documents, such as the microchipping certificate and pay the registration fee by Visa or MasterCard. Pensioner registrations cannot be submitted online (see above section).

Cat registration

To register a cat online select one of the following:

Please note that a letter or statutory declaration from the owner of the pet is not acceptable proof.

Select to register a non-desexed cat

This registration is for cats that have been microchipped and not desexed:

  • Proof of microchipping is required

Select to register a desexed cat

This registration is for cats that are desexed:

  • Proof of Microchipping and desexing is required

Select to register a cat that is registered with an approved organisation

This registration is for cats that are registered with one of the following organisations:

Current paid certificate of membership is required

If you are unsure of your cats registration category, please complete the application for pet registration and send with all your supporting information to mailbox@darebin.vic.gov.au

Council will assess your application and invoice you accordingly.

Dog registration

Please note that a letter or statutory declaration from the owner of the pet is not acceptable proof.

Select to register a non-desexed dog

This registration is for dogs that have been microchipped and not desexed:

  • Proof of microchipping is required

Select to register a desexed dog

This registration is for dogs that are desexed:

  • Proof of Microchipping and desexing is required

Select to register a dog over 10 years of age

This registration is for dogs that are over 10 years of age and microchipped:

  • Proof of Microchipping and age is required

Select to register a dog that is registered with an approved organisation

This registration is for dogs that are registered with one of the following organisations:

  • Dogs Victoria
  • Master Breeders and Associates

Current paid certificate of membership is required

Select to register a dog that has undergone approved obedience training

This registration is for dogs that have achieved a certificate recognised by the Victorian Canine Association Inc. The following is a list of approved obedience training assocation:

A copy of the certificate is required

If you are unsure of your dogs registration category, please complete the Application for Pet Registration and send with all your supporting information to mailbox@darebin.vic.gov.au.

Council will assess your application and invoice you accordingly.

Registration fees

For a schedule of animal registration fees, please see

City of Darebin pet registration fees - 10 October 2021 to 10 April 2022

Desexing policy

Pet owners must pay the full fee unless the pet is desexed (or over 10 years old, or a member of an applicable organisation).

Refunds

Council does not refund registration fees for pets that move from the Darebin area or are lost, missing, or deceased.

Pet registration tag

When you register your dog or cat, you receive a life time tag with a unique number that must be fastened to your pet's collar.

Microchips

The first time you register your pet, your pet will need to be microchipped. Microchipping your pet greatly improves their chances of being returned to you if they become lost. If you move house update your contact details with us which allows us to quickly reunite you with your pet.

Your pet registration

You pet registration includes:

  • a "Return Home" service - if your registered pet is collected by a Darebin ranger, every attempt will be made to contact you with the aim of returning you pet to you as quickly as possible;
  • a 24/7 emergency collection service;
  • a pound service that is currently run by the RSPCA. If your animal is currently registered and wearing its Council registration tag, you will be contacted as soon as possible to collect your pet;
  • a program to subsidise the de-sexing of pets living in Darebin and regular discounted microchipping days;
  • part of the registration fee includes the State Government Levy which is used to help provide education programs for schools and preschools as well as adults. The levy is also used to fund State Government research into dog and cat welfare and control issues;
  • one free pet registration per household for pensioners (the cheaper pet will receive the free registration where there are multiple pets per household).
Pets
If you own a dog or a cat you need to register it