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Pet Registration

Animal registration renewals were due on 10 April 2017 and are now overdue. A late fee of $10 per registration ($5 for concession categories) will soon be applied to all unpaid renewals. To avoid the late fee please ensure you renew your pet's registration immediately.

Registering Your Pet

cat wearing a registration tag

State Legislation requires that a dog or cat aged 3 months or over must be microchipped and registered with your local Council, and must wear its Council allocated tag when outside it's premises. Registration renewals are due by 10 April each year. By registering your pet with Council you are supporting responsible pet ownership in Knox. It also ensures that in the event of your animal becoming lost, he or she can be quickly returned home.

If you fail to register your dog or cat with Council you could face a fine of $311. Council conducts random doorknocks throughout the municipality to check for unregistered animals. If your pet is found outside your premises and it is not wearing it's Council tag, you could be fined $78.00. A registration form can be obtained by contacting Council's Local Laws department on 9298 8000 or by downloading a form from the related documents link on this page. Alternatively come in to the Civic Centre and complete a form at the cashier.

Change your animals registration details

Please ensure that your pet details are correct and current. Up to date information is vital when trying to reunite lost pets with their owners.

If you need to update your animal's registration details (including if your pet is deceased or is no longer at your address) please contact Council on (03) 9298 8000, or alternatively you can change your animal registration details online. All online requests will be actioned during business hours.

If you are changing ownership of the animal then the current legal owner would need to advise Council that they are no longer the owner and the new owner would need to complete and sign a new registration form (if the dog still resides in Knox).

In addition to advising Council, you should also update any details with your pet's microchip registry.

Dog and Cat Registrations - Reduced Rate

Council is continuing to offer a reduced rate pet registration for recently purchased cats and dogs.
Conditions apply. Find out if your dog or cat is eligible for reduced registration on our pet registration incentive page.

Registration Fees for Dogs

Categories Dogs Regular Concession Categories
D1 Dog that meets any of the following: *Desexed; *Over 10 years old; *Registered and owner current member of an approved association; *Kept for breeding at licensed premises; *Kept for working stock; *Undergone obedience training which complies with the regulations. $42.00 $21.00 D1P
D2 Dog Entire/Unsterilised and not included in above $167.00 $83.50 D2P
RBD Restricted Breed Dog $287.00 N/A N/A
DMD Declared Menacing Dog $287.00 N/A N/A
DDD Declared Dangerous Dog $287.00 N/A N/A

Registration Fees for Cats

Categories Cats Regular Concession Categories
C1 Cats that meets any of the following: *Desexed; *Over 10 years old; Current member of an approved association; *Kept for breeding at a licensed premises. $42.00 $21.00 C1P
C2 Cat unsterilised (medical exemption required) $167.00 $83.50 C2P

Concessions on Pet Registration

Concessions are available on cat and dog registrations under certain conditions. To see if you qualify for a discounted category, read our guide to understanding the discounted fee categories and then refer to the tables above for the registration amount.

From 10 October each year registration fees will be at a half price pro rata fee.

No concessions apply to declared dangerous, menacing or restricted breed dogs

A 50% reduction of the registration fee applies to a person who is an eligible recipient within the meaning of the State Concessions Act 1986. If you are eligible for a concession you must complete an application form accompanied with proof of eligibility.

Exemptions to Pet Registration Fees

A vision or hearing impaired person who keeps and uses a dog as a guide dog is not required to pay a fee for their registration.

Guide dogs which are owned and being trained by an approved organisation are also exempt from paying a registration fee.

Greyhounds registered with Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) are exempt from being registered with Council. If a greyhound is not registered with GRV, it must be registered with Council.

Pet Greyhounds and those that have gone through the Greyhound Adoption Program must be registered with Council.

Pet Identification Tags

In 2007, Council introduced lifetime tags for pet registration. This initiative means that the tag you receive stays with your pet for life. If the writing on the tag wears off, or the tag becomes lost, contact the Local Laws department for a replacement, or call in to a Customer Service Centre at the Civic Centre or at Stud Park Shopping Centre in Rowville to collect another one.

This tag must be worn by your pet when it is outside your property. If your pet is found without it's tag, you may be fined.

Introducing lifetime tags has many benefits, including no wastage of unused tags at the end of the year, no need for pet owners to cut off the old tag to replace with a new tag each year, savings in the renewal process not having to have tags included in each renewal, and the number on the tags give continuity to the system.

Microchipping Dogs and Cats in Knox

Legislation changes introduced from 1st May 2007 require all dogs and cats registered with Council for the first time to be microchipped. This includes any dogs or cats that may already be registered in another municipality, but transfer to Knox Council. Because the animal will be registered with Knox Council for the first time, it is required to be microchipped.

Microchipping is done by a Veterinary surgeon at any Veterinary Clinic. Find a local vet in Knox. The RSPCA offers affordable microchipping. Contact the RSPCA on 9224 2222 seven days a week.

Compulsory Desexing of Cats

Compulsory desexing of cats was introduced in Knox from April 2011. This only applies to newly registered cats and not to those already currently registered. For more information, read our Compulsory Desexing of Cats page.

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