It is a state requirement that all dogs are registered in Queensland. Dog registrations are valid for 12 months and must be renewed each year by 30 June. To support our community 2020/2021 dog registration renewal discounts apply if paid before 1 August. By registering your dog with Ipswich City Council, not only do you support responsible pet ownership, it also means your dog has the best possible chance to be reunited with you if lost.

When does my dog need to be registered

  • Your dog or puppy must be registered with Ipswich City Council within 14 days of:
    • the puppy reaching the age of 12 weeks (3 months)
    • the dog moving into the Ipswich City Council area
    • the dog acquiring a new owner
    • the dog’s registration expired (not cancelled or revoked)
  • First time registration of a dog is only $20 (current for financial year it commenced only).
  • For full registration and renewal fees view Council’s Fees and Charges Schedule and search ‘dog registration (annual fee)’ for current charges.
  • If you sell or give away a dog, it must be registered and microchipped beforehand.

How to register my dog

Ways to register

  • Register your dog online.
  • Download and complete the Dog Registration Form.
  • In person at one of Council’s Customer Service Centres.
  • Once registered, you will receive a Registration Certificate, a registration tag and a copy of the latest Registration Rewards program booklet.

Transferring from another Council

  • If you move into the Ipswich City Council area with a dog registered in another local council area, you are able to transfer the registration (at no cost) to the end of the current financial year.
  • A Dog Registration Form is required to be completed and must include a copy of the other Council’s registration certificate.

Transferring within Ipswich City Council

  • If you take ownership of a dog that is currently registered with Ipswich City Council, you are able to transfer the registration (at no cost) to the end of the current financial year.
  • A Change of Ownership Form is to be completed.

Transferring to another Council

  • If you are moving to another Council area with a registered dog, you need to notify Ipswich City Council so we can update your records. You are usually able to transfer the registration (at no cost) to the other Council for the remainder of the registration year.

Registration tags

  • When you register your dog, a tag will issued to you (at the time if in person or posted if done online).
  • This tag should be put on your dog’s collar so that it is with your dog should they escape or get lost.
  • If you lose the tag or it gets damaged, please visit Council or phone (07) 3810 6666 and a new tag will be issued to you free of charge.

Registration discounts and refunds

Registration discounts

  • You can receive a discount on your dog registration fees if:
    • If your dog is desexed (proof of desexing must be provided)
    • If you are a pensioner (proof of current Pension Card must be provided)
    • If you are a Dogs Queensland member and have an entire dog for breeding or showing (proof of current Dogs Queensland membership must be provided)
    • If your dog is obedience trained

Registration refunds

  • You can apply for a partial refund on the current year’s registration of your dog if:
    • the dog is deceased (official statement from a veterinarian or statutory declaration must be provided)
    • the dog qualifies for a lower registration, for example, the dog has been desexed (proof must be provided)
  • To apply complete the Request for Dog Registration Refund Form.

Non-standard registrations and exemptions

Guide dogs and assistance dogs

  • These dogs are exempt from registration fees in Ipswich.
  • You must still register your dog by completing a Dog Registration Form and supply confirmation from a recognised training provider (guide dog) or and a copy of the owner’s assistance identification card (assistance dog).

Guard dogs

  • Guard dogs must be registered with Ipswich City Council by the owner of the dog/s.
  • Dogs that work at premises other than the registered property must also have a permit. A Permit Application must be completed by the company that owns the property where they are working.

Government entity dogs

  • This means dogs who work for the Police, Armed Forces or Corrective Services industries
  • These dogs are exempt from registration fees in Ipswich
  • You must still register your dog by completing a Dog Registration Form and supply a letter (on company letterhead) confirming that you are employed by the Government entity and that the dog is for work purposes.
  • Registration for the animal should be linked to the handler and/or property where it will reside.

Greyhound racing dog

Farm dogs

  • A farm dog is a dog that provides assistance to you by carrying out your farming activities (e.g dog is used for droving stock or protecting a herd).
  • The owner of the dog must be a primary producer, although this does not need to be their principle occupation.
  • A farm dog must reside at a property that is classified as a rural zone by Ipswich City Council.
  • Farm dogs can receive a discounted registration fee, refer to Council’s Fees and Charges Schedule and search ‘farm dog’.
  • A Farm Dog Self Assessment Checklist must be provided with the registration form.
  • A Council Compliance Officer may be required to conduct an assessment of the dog and/or property at which it resides.

Regulated dogs

  • Regulated dogs can be one of the following:
    • Regulated Menacing Dog
    • Regulated Dangerous Dog
    • Regulated Restricted Dog
  • For more information on each of these types see Regulated Dogs and Dog Attacks.
  • For a Regulated Menacing Dog and a Regulated Dangerous Dog:
    • Dog must be registered with Ipswich City Council.
    • For the registration fee applicable, refer to Council’s Fees and Charges Schedule and search ‘menacing dog’ or ‘dangerous dog’.
    • Dog must be microchipped and desexed.
    • If moving to Ipswich from another council area, you must transfer your registration to Ipswich City Council within seven days
  • For a Regulated Restricted Dog:
    • Breeds that are part of this category are determined by State Government legislation.
    • Regulated Restricted Dogs are prohibited within the Ipswich local government area.
    • To discuss the requirements for keeping a restricted dog, contact council on (07) 3810 6666.
  • For issues relating to a regulated dog or to make a complaint to Council, please phone (07) 3810 6666 or email Council@ipswich.qld.gov.au. Please note, a complaint to council cannot be anonymous. Council keeps complete and comprehensive records in the event that legal action is taken.  All parties including the complainant and other witnesses may be asked to attend court to provide evidence.  Personal information is only given out when it is directed by law to do so.

Updating my dog's registrations details

  • It is important to ensure your dog’s registration details are up to date so that should you get separated, we can reunite you quickly.
  • Change of address – complete the Change of Address Form on go online via Council’s Change Mailing Address service.
  • Change of owner details – complete the Dog Registration Change of Existing Owner Form if the owner contact details change or the owner/s of the registered dog changes (e.g changing ownership from two names to one). All parties must sign the completed form.
  • Change of ownership – complete the Change of Ownership Form if you sell or give away the dog.
  • Dog has been desexed – complete the Declaration of Desexed Animal Form if your dog gets desexed after initial registration.