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Pets and Animals

Pets and Animals

Companion Animals

Companion Animals Act

As a companion animal owner you have responsibilities towards the wider community as well as towards your pet. The Companion Animals Act 1998 sets out some of these responsibilities and gives Councils the power to assist and where necessary, enforce the law to ensure that all owners meet these responsibilities. The Act also requires all cats and dogs to be micro-chipped and registered for life.

You can use the links below to download a Lifetime Registration Form or forms to update or change addresses and owner details.

Please click here to download the Companion Animals Act.

Annual Permit for cat older than 4 months not desexed $80
Annual Permit to own a restricted or dangerous dog $195


Owners can be fined if they fail to comply with the laws. See the current fine rates below.

Animal not microchipped $165
Animal not registered as required $275
Dog without collar and tags (See separate fines for dangerous, restricted or menacing dogs) $165
Dog not on lead in a public place $220
Dog in prohibited place $330
Failure to remove dog droppings $275
Dog harasses, chases or attacks a person or animal $550
Cat in prohibited places $110
Cat not wearing identification $110
Failure to notify change of address/change of owner $165
Failure to take seized animal to pound/shelter $550

Fines between $275 and $880 apply if a cat or dog is the subject of complaints and the owner fails to provide a solution.