Any cat or dog residing in Wellington Shire must be microchipped and registered from 3 months of age.
Under the Domestic Animals Act 1994 animal registrations run from 10 April each year and must be renewed annually.
To register your animal with Wellington Shire Council, you will need:
You can submit your application with the appropriate fee:
- In person at our Sale Service Centre or Yarram Service Centre using cash, EFTPOS or credit card.
- By post with a cheque or money order (do not send cash) and mail to Wellington Shire Council, PO Box 506, Sale VIC 3850. You must provide proof of microchipping and desexing (if applicable) for your application to be processed.
*Microchip stickers/vaccination cards are not acceptable as proof of microchipping.
You must apply to renew your registration by 10 April each year. If your animal registration is current, a renewal form will be sent to your address prior to 10 April each year. You can pay your animal registration renewal notice by:
- Online: Via Credit Card in our Online Payments section. Please have your renewal notice ready.
- BPAY: Using the biller code and reference information on your renewal notice. Please note each animal has its own unique reference number.
- In Person: With your renewal notice using cash, EFTPOS or credit card at our Sale Service Centre or Yarram Service Centre.
- Australia Post: At an Australia Post branch with your renewal notice.
- Mail: Detach your payment slip and enclose with a cheque or money order (do not send cash) and mail to Wellington Shire Council, PO Box 506, Sale VIC 3850.
If your pet is currently registered in Wellington Shire Council and has passed away, is no longer in your care or if you are moving to a new address you will need to inform us.
If you and/or your pet have moved address:
- Contact our Customer Service Centre on 1300 366 244; or
- Update your details online
If your pet has passed away:
- Contact our Customer Service Centre on 1300 366 244; or
- Complete the Notification of Non Renewal on your Animal Registration Renewal Notice and return to Wellington Shire Council; or
- Complete the Update Animal Details Form
If you have sold, given away or purchased an animal to/from someone who resides in Wellington Shire you need to inform Council. You can do this by downloading and completing a Change of Ownership for Animals form. You must complete all sections of the Change of Ownership of Animals Form (55KB), including signature of both parties (current owner and new owner). If you are unable to obtain one parties signature, please contact our Customer Service Centre on 1300 366 244 for further information.
When you register a cat or dog you will be provided with a lifetime registration tag. This means that you will not receive a new registration tag each year. You are still required to pay for your pets annual registration renewal fee.
Your pets Council registration tag must be fastened to your pet's collar when outside your property. If you like to change collars, we recommend putting the tag on a split ring and change as required.
Registration tags assist in returning your pet to you if it becomes lost. Council registration tags are different to tags that may be provided by a microchipping agency.
If you lose or misplace your pets lifetime registration tag, visit our Sale Service Centre or Yarram Service Centre and a new tag will be issued to you for a small fee.
Animal registration renewals are due by 10 April each year. If you fail to pay your pets registration renewal by the due date, you may be liable for an infringement notice. If you have failed to pay your renewal notice by the due date:
- You will no longer be able to pay as a Renewal of Registration
- A new application to register your animal must be made, including compliance with any new/additional legislative requirements
- Your animal will be updated in our records system to not renewed/unregistered
Registration fees include the State Government Levy pursuant to the Domestic Animals Act 1994.
|Dog and Cat Registration Fees 2017-18
||Non desexed (entire)
- Over 10 years old
- Used by breeding proprietor of a Domestic Animal Business
- Registered with an Applicable Organisation
- Obedience training with an approved organisation which complies with the regulations
- Kept for working stock1
Proof must be provided for all criteria*
|Non Desexed Animal (Under 12 months of age)
- Non-desexed animal under 12 months of age
- Fee is only applicable for first registration year
- Owner is responsible for providing Council with proof of desexing to be eligible for the reduced rate beyond the first registration year
||Declared dangerous dog
|Restricted Breed Dog
||American Pit Bull Terrier (or Pit Bull Terrier), Fila Brasileiro, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa or Perro de Presa Canario
||Declared menacing dog
|Guard Dog (Non-residential)
||Declared guard dog kept at Non-Residential property
- Guide dog used by visually impaired or owned by an approved organisation which trains guide dogs
- State or Commonwealth Government dogs
||Lifetime tag replacement
*For entitlements to reduce registration fees the owner of the animal must produce proof of sterilisation, memberships of applicable organisation, obedience papers, breeding license, statutory declaration or tax return for proof of working dog status.
1An application to register a dog as ‘kept for working stock’ will be considered by a Local Laws Officer, who may arrange an appointment time to view/inspect the animal working the stock.
For further information about fees, visit the Department of Economic Development, Jobs Transport and Resources website.
Animal registration fees assist Council to deliver a wide range of services. Some of the services we provide are:
- Wellington Shire Council Pound and Animal Aid Shelter
- Reconnecting missing pets with their owners
- Community information
- Animal Management Services
- Assisting the public with animal enquiries
- Responding to Animal Customer Action Requests
Holders of eligible pension cards are entitled to a 50% reduction of the standard fee and reduced fee listed. Please present your card in person at the time of registration. Please note health care card holders are not entitled to reduced fees for pensioners.
Victorian legislation states that a dog or cat must be microchipped and registered from 3 months of age.
Microchipping and registration assist in identifying animals and returning them to their owners. Your vet will be able to provide you with information about microchipping your pet and associated costs.
If you have written advice from your vet that your cat or dog’s health would be affected by the implantation of a microchip, you will be exempt from the microchipping requirement.