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Pet registration

Pet registration is a legal requirement under the Domestic Animals Act 1994. All dogs and cats three months of age and over must be registered with Council.

Owners must renew current animal registrations by April 10 each year. We send out reminder notices before April 10 to all owners of currently registered pets.

Bayside does not accept registration transfers from other councils. If you have moved into Bayside, you will need to complete a new registration.

When registering your pet please remember

  • All new cats must be de-sexed before we will accept registrations, unless they are exempt.
  • All dogs and cats must be microchipped and a certificate supplied before we will accept registrations, unless they are exempt.
  • A 50% pro-rata fee for new animal registrations applies from 10 October each year.

Dog fees

The reduced fee is $74.50 if your dog is either:

  • Desexed
  • Over 10 years old
  • Kept for working stock
  • Kept for breeding at licensed premises
  • Registered with applicable organisation
  • Undergone obedience training with approved organisation

All other dogs along with restricted, dangerous or menacing dogs the cost is $227.50.

The following restricted breeds cannot be registered online; Dogo Argentino, Pit Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, Fila Brasileiro, Japanese Tosa and Presa Canario.

To register a restricted breed, dangerous or menacing dog please contact an Animal Management Officer on enquiries [at] bayside.vic.gov.au or phone (03) 9599 4626.

Register a guide or customs dog

You can find out more on our registering guide or customs dogs page.

Cat fees

The reduced fee is $40.00 if your cat is either:

  • Desexed
  • Over 10 years old
  • Kept for breeding at licensed premises
  • Registered with an approved association

All other cats the cost is $114.00.

    Pensioner rates

    Holders of the following cards are eligible for a 50% discount on the above fees:

    • Pensioner Concession Card issued by Centrelink or the Department of Veterans Affairs
    • Gold Card specifying War Widow issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs
    • Gold Card specifying TPI issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs

    There are no fee reductions for

    • holders of Health Care and Seniors Cards
    • restricted, dangerous or menacing dogs
    • the state government levy.

    Register online

    To register your pet, you must provide electronic documents to show proof of:

    • Microchipping number
    • Desexing (if applicable)
    • Registration with an applicable organisation and the owner's membership (if applicable)
    • Pensioner concession (if applicable)

    After filling in the online form and paying the registration fee an animal registration tag will be posted out within the 5 business days.

    Register now

    In person

    Complete an animal registration form and return it along with your payment.

    Animal registration form (PDF, 77.29KB)

    Cash, cheque, money order, EFTPOS, Visa and Mastercard are accepted at:

    Bayside City Council Corporate Centre
    76 Royal Avenue
    Sandringham VIC 3191
    between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

    By mail

    Cheque or money order to:

    Bayside City Council
    PO Box 27
    Sandringham VIC 3191.