In accordance with the Animal Management Cats and Dogs Act 2008(PDF, 783KB) dogs in the Rockhampton Region must be registered(PDF, 103KB). Cats do not require registration.

Queensland legislation requires dogs to:

Fines apply for if your dog is not registered and if the registration details are not up to date.

Your pet must wear its registration tag at all times. Check the tag regularly and replace it if damaged, so if your pet becomes lost, Council can promptly identify it and return your pet to you. If the tag needs replacing please submit an Application for Replacement Dog Registration Tag Form.(PDF, 40KB)

Dog registrations are valid for 12 months from 1 September and must be renewed each year.

Update your dog registration details

Dog owners will receive a renewal notice in the mail. If your mailing address or any other details have changed please ensure your submit an Application to Amend Dog Registration Details(PDF, 88KB).

Working dogs

Owners of working dogs are exempt from registration. To determine if your dog/s qualify as a working dog complete the Working Dog Registration Self Assessment Checklist(PDF, 45KB) .

Dogs that do not meet the working dog criteria must be registered.

Registration fees

The registration fees will depend on whether your pet is entire or desexed, and microchipped. There are substantial discounts on registration fees for dogs that are desexed and microchipped, and also for pension concession holders. 

Entire dog


Entire dog (Pension Card holder)




Desexed dog


Desexed dog (Pension Card holder)


Desexed and microchipped dog


Desexed and microchipped dog (Pension Card holder)



Council conducts regular systematic inspections throughout the Region particularly targeting those with outstanding dog registration.

Registration pro rata and refunds

Pro rata
Council will pro rata first year registrations so new dog registrations received from 1 March to 31 August pay only 50% of the annual fee.

Refunds are only payable to the person who paid the dog registration. For claims received between 1 September and 28 February, Council will refund the following:

Pension Concession
Council will refund the difference between the full registration and pension concession fees, if the owner becomes an approved government pensioner.

Desexed animals
Council will refund the difference between the entire and desexed fees, if the owner provides a desexing certificate or vet's letter.

Deceased animals
Council will refund 50% of the registration fees paid for deceased dogs, if the owner provides adequate proof such as a euthanasia certificate, vet’s letter or surrenders the registration tag. Alternatively the owner may transfer the remaining registration to a new dog.

Missing/Stolen animals
Council will refund 50% of the registration fees paid for missing or stolen dogs, if the owner provides a police report. Please note the dog will be unregistered if it is returned to the owner.

Relocated animals
Council does not refund for the relocation of dogs outside of the Rockhampton Region, but the owner may be eligible for reciprocal registration in their new local government area.


Adopted Animals
All dogs transferred to rehoming organisations are provided with free registration to the end of the current registration period.