Registering your dog or cat

German Shepherd dog

1. Overview

All dogs and cats must be microchipped and then registered with council by the age of three months.

All animals must be microchipped before registration with council for the first time.

Once your dog or cat is registered, they receive a lifetime Council identification number.

When not on the registered premises, your pet must wear a pet identification tag that is engraved with "Indigo Shire Council" along with the identification number provided. We suggest that this is on the reverse side of a standard tag with your pet's name and your phone number. 

Lost tags

We are currently reviewing our capacity to provide new and replacement tags for pet owners. In the meantime, please ensure that your pet has a tag as outlined above. 

*The owners of a dog or cat who fail to register their animal, or renew the registration, may be liable for a fine in excess of $363.00.

2. Registration fees

Animal registration fees for the 2023-2024 registration period are shown in the table below. Registration period is April 2023 to April 2024.
  Standard rate Pension rate
 Dogs maximum fee $103.25  $51.60

 Dogs minimum fee includes:

  • De-sexed dogs, dogs over 10 years
  • Dogs kept for breeding purposes by the proprietor of a domestic animal business conducted on registered premises
  • Dogs that have undergone obedience training that complies with the regulations
  • Dogs registered with the Victorian Canine Association or any organisation approved by Council
  • Microchipped animal (renewal only if registered prior to 11 April 2013)
$34.40  $17.25
Working Dogs Rate 
  •  Working dogs
  Standard rate  Pension rate 
 Cats maximum fee  $103.25

 Cats minimum fee includes:

  • De-sexed cats
  • Cats over 10 years
  • Cats kept for breeding by the proprietor of a domestic animal business conducted on registered premises
  • Cats registered with the Feline Control Council, the governing council of the Cat Fancy Australia and Victoria Inc., the Domestic Cat Council Inc. or any Successor in law of any one of these Associations or a breed society approved by Council
  • Microchipped animal (renewal only if registered prior to 11 April 2013
 $34.40  $17.25


Register your dog or cat

Registration fee concessions

Please note that the only eligible concession is a full pension card. Health care cards are not accepted.

Evidence must be provided to receive the reduced fee. 

3. Registration renewal

After the initial registration, an annual invoice will be sent to your postal address and must be renewed by 10 April each year. This date is set by the State Government's Domestic Animals Act 1994

To enable us to maintain current records, please advise of any status changes such as address, transfer of ownership, or deceased animals.  You can let us know by completing this form.

Council officers conduct an animal registration door knock each year.

Renew your registration on-line

4. Change your pet registration details

If you have moved, transferred ownership of your pet or your pet has passed away, please let us know by completing the below form, so we can update your registration details.

Change your registration details 

5. Registering up to two animals

Register online

Complete the application form and send it in to us with your payment / payment details.

6. Keeping multiple pets

If you live in a residential area and you have more than two dogs, two cats or four animals in total, you need to complete this permit application.