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.
If your animal registration is current, a Renewal Notice will be sent to your address prior to 10 April each year.
If your animal registration is not current, you must complete the Application to Register a Domestic Animal Form.
If you fail to pay your pets registration renewal by the due date, you may be liable for an infringement notice and:
To receive your Renewal Notice via email rather than by paper, please click here.
If your pet has passed away, is no longer in your care or if you are moving to a new address please 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 form, including signature of both parties (current owner and new owner).
If you are unable to obtain one parties signature, please contact us 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 or Yarram Service Centre and a new tag will be issued to you for a small fee.
Fee: $160.00 (Standard) or $80.00 (Concession)
Fee: $50.00 (Standard) or $25.00 (Concession)
One or more of the below:
To claim the reduced rate under any of these criteria you must provide relevant proof.
Fe: $50.00 (Standard) or $25.00 (Concession)
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.
*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.
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.
Animal registration has many benefits:
100% of animal registration fees go towards supporting Council's animal management activities. It is Council's preference that pet owners comply with legislative requirements, avoiding warnings and fines. The small amount raised from animal infringements offsets all Local Laws activities, including animal management.