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Why register?What does it cost? How can I register?Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Why register?

If your cat or dog is three months of age or older, you must register it with Council. Registrations must be renewed each year by 10 April (Domestic Animals Act 1994).

Registering your pet is part of being a responsible pet owner. It is also the best way to make sure you are reunited with your pet, if it is lost.

Your registration fees help Council provide many pet-related services, including:

  • help to find your pet, if it is lost
  • closing puppy farms and prosecuting operators
  • more pet-friendly parks and other facilities throughout Casey.  

To find out what else your registration fees help to provide, please see 'Where do my fees go' in the FAQ section below.

What does it cost?

Cat/Dog Full fee Pensioner
Desexed $52 $26
Not desexed $190 $95
Puppy Not desexed (under 6 months old. Dogs only) $95 $52
Special circumstances (see below) $52 $26
Restricted breed, menacing or dangerous dog
(see FAQ section for a list of restricted breeds)
$320 $320

Special circumstances

If your pet fits into one or more of the criteria below, you may be eligible for the ‘special circumstances’ fee.

  • The cat or dog is over 10 years old.
  • The cat or dog is kept for breeding by the proprietor of a domestic animal business on registered premises.
  • The cat or dog is registered with an eligible organisation. (See 'What organisations give me a discount on my registration?' in the FAQ section).
  • The dog is a working dog (eg. farm dogs or assistance dogs).
  • The dog has undergone obedience training with Australian Association of Professional Dog Trainers Inc., The Gentle Dog Trainers Association Inc., Dogs Victoria or Four Paws K9 Training.

Pensioners

You are entitled to a discount on your pet registration if you hold any of the following concession cards:

  • Pensioner Concession Card – issued by Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card – War Widow (WW).
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card – Totally & Permanently Incapacitated (TPI).

How can I register?

Eligibility checklist

To register your cat or dog with Council, make sure:

  • Your pet is microchipped.
  • Your pet is desexed. (For exemptions, see 'What pets are exempt from desexing?' in the FAQ section below).
  • Your pet is new or previously unregistered with Casey. (To renew or transfer registration, see the FAQ section below).
  • You do not have more than two cats and two dogs. (For exemptions, see 'What is the maximum number of animals allowed per property without a permit' in the FAQ section below).

Register Online

If you are unable to register online, print and complete the Pet registration form (588kb).

What happens next?

Council will post your pet's unique identification tag to you within 5-10 working days. You must attach the tag to your pet's collar.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

You can renew your pet’s registration online.

You must renew your pet's registration by 10 April every year.   

From another council 

To transfer your pet’s registration from another Council, please complete the Registration form for cats and dogs (588kb).

You will not be charged again if you can provide proof of payment from your previous Council for the current registration period.

From a previous owner

To transfer your pet’s registration from one owner to another, please complete the Transfer of animal registration form. (119kb) 

If your pet has passed away or no longer lives in the City of Casey, please complete the Dog and cat cancellation of registration form. (170kb)

If your pet loses its tag or you have lost your pet’s identification number, please contact Council. A new tag will be sent to you free of charge.

Yes. Microchipping and registering are two different things that together improve the likelihood of Council returning your lost pet to you.

For more information about microchipping, please see the Microchipping for your pet webpage.

By registering your cat or dog you help Council provide services, such as:

  • Daily updates to the City of Casey Lost Pets Register.
  • Collecting lost and wandering pets.
  • Investigating and prosecuting alleged puppy farms and animal cruelty cases.
  • Regulating pet shops and breeders to ensure pets sold in Casey are healthy and well looked after.
  • Investigating and prosecuting dog attacks.

Cats:

You must desex your cat before you register with Council. You may be exempt from desexing if you have written proof that:

  • the cat is used for breeding in a registered breeding establishment
  • you are a member of an applicable organisation and the cat is registered with that organisation
  • a qualified vet recommends that desexing the cat would be detrimental to its health.

Dogs:

Council recommends you desex your dog before you register it. You are exempt from desexing if you have written proof that:

  • the dog is a dangerous dog kept to guard a non-residential premises
  • the dog is used for breeding in a registered breeding establishment
  • you are a member of an applicable organisation and the dog is registered with that organisation
  • a qualified vet recommends that desexing the dog would be detrimental to its health.

You will receive a discount on your registration fee if your cat or dog is registered with any of the following organisations:

Cats:

  • Australian National Cats Inc.
  • Cats Victoria Inc.
  • The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy Australia and Victoria Inc.

Dogs:

  • Dogs Victoria
  • Grey Hound Racing Victoria

There are no fees to register a guide dog trained by Guide Dogs Victoria.

Please also see Special circumstances in the What does it cost? section to see other eligibility criteria to receive a reduction in your fees.

Menacing dogs

A menacing dog is any dog that has been declared menacing by a council.

Dangerous dogs

  • kept to guard a non-residential premises
  • trained to attack or bite any person or thing attached or worn by a person
  • declared dangerous by a council.

Restricted breed dogs (also including any cross breeds)

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Perro De Presa Canario (or Presa Canario).

Under the City of Casey Community Local Law 2/2010, there is a limit to the number of animals a person may keep on their property without a permit.

Land size Maximum number of animals permitted without a permit
Under 4,000 square metres  
  • 2 dogs
  • 2 cats
  • 5 poultry (duck, geese, peacock, pheasant, turkey, guinea fowl, female chicken, and any other edible bird over the age of 12 weeks. Does not include a rooster)
  • 5 large birds (pigeon, cockatoo or other bird of similar or larger size of any age. Does not include poultry)
  • 20 small birds (budgerigar, canary, finch or other similar size or smaller bird)
  • 5 rabbits
  • 8 guinea pigs or ferrets
Over 4,000 square metres  
  • 4 dogs
  • 4 cats

To keep more animals or to keep livestock, you must apply for an Excess Animals and Livestock permit before you acquire the animals. 

Council must approve the structure in which you plan to keep the animals to ensure it meets the requirements for that species of animal. You must keep the structure clean and sanitary. The animals are not to cause any nuisance.

Please note: there is a non-refundable application fee of $110.

Excess Animals and Livestock Permit Application 2016-17.docx (659kb)

Livestock is any animal, other than a cat or dog, used for primary production or kept for recreational purposes (Impounding of Livestock Act 1994).

For more information, please contact Council.