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Pet Registration

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Victorian legislation requires all dogs and cats aged 3 months and over to be microchipped and registered with Council. In addition, all cats must be desexed prior to registration. Registration renewals are due by 10 April each year. All cats and dogs must also wear their Council tag when outside their premises. The Council tag will ensure that in the event of your animal becoming lost, he or she can be quickly returned home.

Penalties apply if you fail to register your dog or cat with Council or if you fail to renew their registration by 10 April. Council conducts random doorknocks throughout the municipality to check for unregistered animals.

New pet registrations

You can apply to register your cat or dog online, making it quick and easier than ever. Alternately, you can download an application form and bring it into the Civic Centre, 511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South.

Register your cat or dog online.

Renewing your pet registration

Cat and Dog registration renewals are due on 10 April each year.

To renew your registration you will need your Reference Number which is located at the top right of your renewal notice.

Failure to renew your registration by April 10 each year is an offence and penalties apply.

Renew your cat or dog registration online with your animal reference number.

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Late fees for unpaid renewals

A late fee of $15 per registration ($5 for concession categories) will be applied to all unpaid renewals on 10 May.

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 9298 8000, or alternatively you can change your animal registration details online. All online requests will be actioned during opening 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.

Reduced rate for new dog and cat registrations

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; *Farm Working Dog; *Undergone obedience training which complies with the regulations. $44.00 $22.00 D1P
D2 Dog Entire/Unsterilised and not included in above $174.00 $87.00 D2P
RBD Restricted Breed Dog $293.00 N/A N/A
DMD Declared Menacing Dog $293.00 N/A N/A
DDD Declared Dangerous Dog $293.00 N/A N/A
PRI Registration Incentive Dog - newly purchased dog that has been microchipped and owned for less than 28 days. A valid tax invoice from a pet shop, registered breeder or animal shelter as your proof of purchase is required $7.00 $7.00 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. $40.00 $20.00 C1P
C2 Cat unsterilised (medical exemption required) $174.00 N/A C2P
PRI Registration Incentive Cat – newly purchased cat that has been microchipped, desexed and owned for less than 28 days. A valid tax invoice from a pet shop, registered breeder or animal shelter as your proof of purchase is required. $5.00 $5.00 N/A

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.

The following cardholders are eligible for pensioner rate concession for Animal Registrations:

Department of Human Services (Centrelink)


  • Pensioner Concession Card

Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA)

  • Pensioner Concession Card
  • DVA Gold Repatriation Health Card - TPI
  • DVA Gold Repatriation Health Card - War Widow

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

Council has 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 Community Laws department for a replacement, or call in to our Customer Service Centre at the Council Civic Centre to collect another one.

This tag must be worn by your pet when it is outside your property. Fines apply if your pet is found outside your premises and it is not wearing it's Council tag.

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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