Ipswich City Council

Dogs

Dog Registration

As a dog owner, it is important you understand your obligations and responsibilities that apply to keeping dogs in Ipswich.  All dogs in Ipswich must be:

  • Registered
  • Microchipped  (before being sold or given away)
  • Confined to the property at all times and are not allowed to wander or escape from the property

You can keep up to two dogs on your property without the need for a permit or up to four dogs on land 2,000m² or more.  If you wish to keep dogs beyond these conditions, you will need to apply for a Non-Standard Dog Permit.   

Dog Registration

Dogs are required to be registered in accordance with the Animal Management (Cats & Dogs) Act 2008 within the Ipswich City Council area within 14 days of:

  • the dog reaching the age of three (3) months
  • the dog moving into the Ipswich City Council area
  • an owner acquiring a new dog
  • previous registration expiring (not cancelled or revoked)

Transfer of dog registration now covers all Australian Local Governments where a dog is currently registered and satisfactory proof of registration is shown.  The transfer of the dog registration to Ipswich City Council will be honoured (at no cost) to the end of the current financial year.  A registration form is required to be completed by the customer and proof of current registration with another Local Government must be provided.

If you have recently taken ownership of a dog registered with Ipswich City Council, a letter from the original registered owners must be shown to Council in order to transfer dog registration to you as the new owner.

If a dog is to be kept in a multiple dwelling, unit, town house, or residence of similar nature, written permission must be obtained from the property owner and must be produced upon registration of the dog with Council.

No more than two dogs may be kept on a property less than 2,000m² unless a permit has been approved.  No more than four dogs may be kept on a property greater than 2,000m² unless a Commercial Kennel Licence has been approved and issued by Council.  All dogs must still be registered.

Dog registrations must be renewed annually in June/July.

Note: Upon registration you will be provided with a registration tag which your dog is required to wear under the Act.

Dog & Cat Registration Application Form Dog & Cat Registration Application Form (PDF, 81 kb)
(this form can also be used to register your cat)


You can register your dog in person at the following Council locations:


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Information Required for Registration

To register your dog with Council, you must provide the following information:

  • Breed
  • Colour
  • Owner's name, address and contact number
  • Desexing certificate or Declaration Of Animal Being Desexed Declaration Of Animal Being Desexed (PDF, 48 kb) (if applying for discount)
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Property details where the dog is kept
  • Proof of pension entitlement (if required for discount)

Council is also able to take note of any distinguishing features or marks on your dog, as well as record the PID (microchip) number if applicable.  Your dog is only registered with Council once the required information is provided and the correct registration fee paid.

Registration Fees

Registration fees are set each year by Council and the registration period runs from 1 July to 30 June annually.  Fees must be paid annually per financial year.

Dog registration fees for the 2014/2015 financial year are as follows:

 

Dog Registration Type

Flat Fee

First Year Introductory Registration

$17.50

First Year Introductory Registration - Pensioner

$17.50

Standard Registration Fees

Non-Desexed (before due date)

Non-Desexed (after due date)

$115.00

$145.00

Non-Desexed - Pensioner (before due date)

Non-Desexed - Pensioner (after due date)

$55.00

$70.00

Desexed (before due date)

Desexed (after due date)

$44.00

$74.00

Desexed - Pensioner (before due date)

Desexed - Pensioner (after due date)

$25.00

$40.00

Farm Dog Non-Desexed - First (before due date)

Farm Dog Non-Desexed - First (after due date)

$55.00

$85.00

Farm Dog Desexed - First (before due date)

Farm Dog Desexed - First (after due date)

$25.00

$55.00

Farm Dog - Additional (before due date)

Farm Dog - Additional (after due date)

$14.00

$44.00

Transfer of dog registration now covers all Australian Local Governments where a dog is currently registered and satisfactory proof of registration is shown.  The transfer of the dog registration to Ipswich City Council will be honoured (at no cost) to the end of the current financial year.  A registration form is required to be completed by the customer and proof of current registration with another Local Government must be provided.


To be eligible for the first year introductory flat-rate discount the following applies:

  • Puppies (less than 3.5 months)
  • New dogs (acquired in the past 14 days)
  • Recently moved to the city of Ipswich (in the last 14 days)


Farm Dogs receive a discounted registration fee:

Note: Where an owner is registering more than one farm dog, the first dog is registered at the appropriate fee (see above) and all additional farm dogs at the Farm Dog Additional fee. 

A Farm Dog is defined as:

  • A dog that provides assistance to you by carrying out yoru farming activities within Ipswich City Council (eg. The dog is used for droving stock, protect a herd etc).  An officer of Council may need to conduct an assessment of the dog undertaking these activities; and
  • The dog lives on a property in a classified rural zone within Ipswich City Council; and
  • The dog's owner is a primary producer, however this may not be the owners' principle occupation within Ipswich City Council.   

In order to receive this discount owners of Farm Dogs must provide proof of the above mentioned by using the Farm Dogs - Self Assessment Checklist Farm Dogs - Self Assessment Checklist (PDF, 111 kb).

The document ATO Ruling on Primary Production ATO Ruling on Primary Production (PDF, 549 kb) is supplied by the Australian Taxation Office and gives a definition of a primary producer.  


Once your dog is registered, Council will send you a renewal notice at the end of each financial year.  Discounted fees are available to persons receiving certain government pensions and owners of dogs that are desexed.

By registering your dog you are a responsible dog owner and care for the welfare of our community.  Revenue raised from dog registration fees allows Council's Animal Management section to care for animals and the greater community, with services such as:

  • Resources for patrols (collecting roaming dogs and other animals which may be causing a public nuisance)
  • Resources to respond to complaints (nuisance dogs that roam, bark or attack)
  • General management of Council's Pound and Animal Management Centre
  • Management of the Lost, Found and Impounded database to assist lost pets to be reunited with their owners
  • Re-housing animals through programs such as Purchasing a Pet
  • Delivery of school education programs in conjunction with PetPep 
  • General education events such as the Million Paws Walk which is held in conjunction with the RSPCA

Registration Payments

For renewals only dog registration payments can be made online through our Animal Registration Payments page.

Payments can also be made via the following methods:

  • BPay - For renewals only
  • Credit card
  • EFTPOS
  • Mail
  • In person

For more information about these payment options, visit our Animal Registration Payments page.

Registration Discounts

Council offers reduced dog registration fees for desexed dogs and pensioners.  Proof of desexing or your pension card is required if registering a dog for the first time or requesting a discount for the first time.  If mailing your payment, a photocopy of the desexing certificate or a pension card is required.

Council also offers discounted fees for:

  • Obedience trained dogs
  • Kennel Permit and Dogs Queensland


Obedience trained dogs

Dogs that have been obedience-trained are less likely to cause a nuisance.  Therefore, in the spirit of rewarding Ipswich's responsible dog owners, Council offers a 50% registration discount for dogs that have reached an appropriate level of obedience.  To qualify for the discount, you must demonstrate the dog has achieved the level of competency set out in the following document.  This criteria must be completed and returned to Council to qualify for the discount.

Dog Obedience Testing Criteria Dog Obedience Testing Criteria (PDF, 699 kb)


To do this, the dog must be assessed from either:

  • RSPCA on telephone 1300 363 736.  The RSPCA will refer to an Animal Trainer, who will make a suitable time to assess the animal
  • An organisation affiliated with the Dogs Queensland (Previously called Canine Control Council of Queensland) on telephone (07) 3252 2661
  • A dog training provider recognised as a Registered Training Organisation, such as Ipswich Dog Obedience.  Located at Mt Crosby Road, Tivoli.  For enquiries contact Sharon at sharon.bamford@optusnet.com.au
  • Another provider as determined by Council

Once your dog has been assessed and qualified to the level of competency, contact Council on telephone (07) 3810 6666 to arrange your registration discount.  The discounted fee will be applicable for two years from the date of assessment.  After the two years, the dog will need to be reassessed to determine if it is still eligible for the discount.

 

Commercial Kennel Licence and Dogs Queensland

In the instance where a resident holds a Commercial Kennel Licence and has dogs registered with the Dogs Queensland (Previously called Canine Control Council of Queensland), they can apply to Council for a 50% reduction of their dog registration fees. 

To be eligible, the dog owner must have a current Commercial Kennel Licence with Ipswich City Council (fees up to date) and be able to provide proof of current registration with Dogs Queensland for the dog which they are requesting the discount for. 

Applications for this discount must be made in writing to Council with all documentation attached.

Registration Refunds

Dog registration refunds are only granted for the current registration period in most cases.  Refunds will not be granted for previous registration periods unless Council was notified about the change at that time.  To qualify for a refund, the dog must be registered with Ipswich City Council and registration fees paid to Council (no refunds will be issued for reciprocal registrations).  Refunds will not be granted for a dog that qualifies for the introductory discount registration fee.

Refunds are granted for the following reasons:

  • The dog is deceased (official statement from a veterinarian or Statutory Declaration from the dog owner must be provided)
  • The dog qualifies for a lower registration fee (the dog has been desexed or pensioner discount now applies).  Proof of desexing or Pension Card must be supplied
  • The dog qualifies for an obedience discount (Dog Obedience Testing Criteria Dog Obedience Testing Criteria (PDF, 699 kb) that has been signed, dated by an appropriate organisation is required)
  • The dog qualifies for the Commercial Kennel Licence and Dogs Queensland discount (current Commercial Kennel Licence and a certificate or other documentation of proof of the dog being registered with Dogs Queensland)

The amount of refund provided is dependent on the time within the financial year that the dog became suitable for registration refund (for example, time when dog died, was desexed etc).

To apply for a refund, contact Council on (07) 3810 6666.

Registration Tags

Once registered, you will receive a registration number and tag for your dog.  The tag must be worn by the dog at all times.  This tag will assist the return of your dog in the event that it becomes lost.  A new tag will not be issued each year as it is a lifelong tag.  In the event that the tag is lost or destroyed, Council will replace it for free, regardless of how many may be issued in a year.

Contact Council on (07) 3810 6666 to request a new registration tag.

Change Registration Details

It's very important that you advise Council of any changes to your dog's registration details.  For example, if you move house or change your telephone number, Council must alter its records so that we can contact you if your dog is lost or impounded.  It also ensures you receive your annual renewal notice and your dog isn't left unregistered after the annual expiry date.  Council cannot change your mailing address over the phone and requires written authorisation to do so - please send a letter to:

Ipswich City Council
PO Box 191
Ipswich QLD 4305

or by fax on (07) 3810 6731 or email Council.

Benefits of Registration

Registration of your dog shows that you are a responsible dog owner and care for the welfare of the community.  Dog registration delivers a number of benefits to you and your dog, including:

  • If your dog is lost, registration allows other members of the community to contact Council and provide registration details so that your dog can be reconnected with you, the owner.  In most cases, this will enable the dog to be returned to you without the involvement of Council
  • Should your dog become impounded by Council and be taken to the Ipswich City Council Pound and Animal Management Centre, it will be released for free if it is registered and wearing its registration tag (provided the dog has no prior history of impounding or nuisance to the community).  If the dog is impounded again, fees will apply.  If your dog is not registered and it is impounded, fees will apply.
  • Your dog is easily identified as an ‘owned' dog upon sighting of the registration tag.  This is important should your dog happen to escape from your property.


Registration fees are used to subsidise the Animal Management program which is designed to support animals and pet owners in our community and includes:

  • Operation of the Ipswich City Council Pound and Animal Management Centre
  • Provision of resources such as staff and vehicles to investigate community requests about animals
  • Operation of the registration system database which is required by legislation
  • Lost and found database to assist in reuniting lost animals with their owners
  • Education programs such as the AVA PetPEP program run through local schools
  • Subsidised microchip events
  • Cost of finding new homes for animals through programs such as Purchasing a Pet

Is My Dog Exempt From Registration?

Government entity dogs and working dogs (Farm Working Dogs) are now exempt from registration and any registration fees under the Animal Management (Cats & Dogs) Act 2008.


A Government Entity dog is a:

  • Queensland Police dog; or
  • RAAF dog; or
  • Corrective Services dog


To receive this exemption, owners of Government Entity dogs must provide a letter or official documentation from their employer stating they are employed by the Government entity and that the dog if for work purposes.  A Government entity dog means a dog owned by a Government entity or a person engaged or employed by the entity AND used for a purpose under an Act of the Commonwealth or a State (for example, Corrective Services Act 2006, Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000).

Note: If you cannot provide this proof you will be charged the appropriate registration fee.


Working dogs are dogs kept or proposed to be kept:

  • On rural land; and
  • By an owner who is a primary producer or a person engaged/employed by a primary producer; and
  • Primarily for the purpose of droving, protecting, tending or working stock (or being trained to do so).


In order to receive this exemption for registration and registration fees, owners must provide the following proof:

Rural Land 

The address for where the dog is kept must be classified as rural - this will be checked on Council's systems.  

 

Note: Just being zoned Rural Land does not qualify you under the new Act.  Rural land for the purpose of the Legislation means your land is used for grazing stock or cultivating crops on a commercial basis.

Primary Producer 

A Statutory Declaration must be provided by primary producer or the owner of the dog who is engaged/employed by the primary producer, which should include information such as:

  • The majority of total income for the primary producer is derived from the property
  • Property identification numbers from the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries regarding stock kept onthe property(National Livestock Identification System - NLIS)
  • Other supporting information

Note: A Statutory Declaration must be signed by a Justice of the Peace.

Droving, protecting, tending or working stock (or being trained to do so) 

This means your dog/s is usually kept on rural land (as outlined above) and is kept/owned by a primary producer (as outlined above), or a person engaged or employed by a primary producer, and is used primarily for the purpose of droving, protecting, tending, or working stock.  

 

Note: An Ipswich City Council Animal Management Officer may be required to undertake an inspection on the property to verify these skills. 

Note: If you cannot provide this proof, you will be charged the usual registration fee.


The Working Dogs - Self Assessment Checklist Working Dogs - Self Assessment Checklist (PDF, 141 kb) may assist you to determine if your dog qualifies as a Working Dog.

The document ATO Ruling on Primary Production ATO Ruling on Primary Production (PDF, 549 kb) is supplied by the Australian Taxation Office and defines what a primary producer.  You may also wish to contact the State Government on the issue of working dogs on 1800 467 561.


The following dogs have to be registered, however they are not required to pay any fee:

  • Disability Assistance dogs
  • Guide dogs
  • Greyhounds that are currently registered with the Greyhound Racing Control Board of Queensland


To receive exemption from registration fees for the above-listed dogs, you must provide the following proof:

Disability Assistance Dogs 

Documentation or a statement from the relevant organisation. 

Guide Dogs

Documentation from the relevant training institution recognised by the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association of Queensland Inc.  

Greyhounds 

Documentation or a statement from the Greyhound Racing Control Board of Queensland.  Documentation is required annually and must be provided at the registration renewal period to be eligible for the ‘no charge' fee to continue.  Ex-racing greyhounds or pet greyhounds are considered normal dogs and are not exempt from annual Council registration fees.

 

Note: If you cannot provide this proof, you will be charged the usual registration fee.

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