Up to two dogs may be kept on a standard property and up to four dogs may be kept on a property 2,000m² or more without the need for a permit. If you wish to keep dogs beyond these conditions, you must apply for non-standard dog approval.
As a dog owner in Ipswich you need to:
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Registration helps lost pets be reunited with their owners. All dogs over the age of 12 weeks must be registered with Council and then issued with a registration tag.
For more information and to register your dog, see Dog Registration.
Why should I microchip my dog?
How to microchip your dog
At the current time, Ipswich City Council does not microchip outside scheduled events. We are working with the RSPCA to look at other options to provide this service to you. Contact your local Veterinary Clinic to organise microchipping for your dog.
Whether you have a male or female dog, you should have it desexed if you do not intend breeding.
Desexed dogs are less likely to develop cancers, roam, participate in fights and be aggressive. By desexing your dog you will also help to prevent the deaths of thousands of unwanted dogs who cannot find homes.
Ipswich City Council does not provide a desexing service for dogs. However, if you can provide proof that your dog is desexed you will be eligible for discounted dog registration.
If your dog or cat gets out of your yard they are at significant risk of being injured, stolen or getting into fights with other animals. They can also be a nuisance to others and present a threat to community safety. It is also the law – dogs and cats are not allowed to roam.
Fencing and/or enclosures must be suitable to keep your dog from escaping your property. Browse through our step-by-step DIY tutorials and videos to learn practical, simple and affordable ways to build solutions that will keep your pet happily in your yard and give you maximum peace of mind.
It is important not to forget your pets during an emergency or disaster event. For more information see Caring for Animals in an Emergency. For a handy and downloadable checklist, check out the Pet Emergency Plan.
You can keep up to two dogs on your property (less than 2,000m2) or four dogs (more than 2,000m2) without needing a permit. A puppy is considered at cat at three months of age.
For more information on operating a kennel, visit Kennel, Cattery and Stable Licences.