Under state legislation, it is a requirement for all dogs and cats aged 3 months and over to be microchipped and registered.
Registering your pet, ensuring that they wear their Council tag and keeping your contact details current is the best way to keep them safe and to have them returned home to you if they do get out.
Dogs and cats that are currently registered and are wearing their tag will, in most cases, be taken straight back home to you and not taken to the pound, avoiding extra costs for you.
Council would much rather your pet be safe and securely confined at home than on the road or even in our care.
Registration renewal is due on 10 April each year; you will be sent a renewal notice each year. For details on how to pay, please go to our pay online page.
We review our Domestic Animal Management Plan every four years.
You are invited to fill in a short survey to help us prepare our next plan, which will cover 2021-25.
no guinea fowl or roosters
4 poultry hens
4 domestic birds
4 domestic mice
2 guinea pigs
2 domestic rabbits
No other livestock is allowed. Puppies or kittens of registered dogs and cats are not included in these numbers for the first 16 weeks after their birth.
20 guinea fowl and roosters
20 poultry including 2 roosters
100 domestic birds
10 domestic mice
10 guinea pigs
2 domestic rabbits
Puppies or kittens of registered dogs and cats are not counted in these numbers for the first 16 weeks after their birth.
If you want to keep more than the number of animals allowed, you need to fill in an Application to Keep More Than Allowed Animals.
Animal registration fees and classifications
On the spot fines
Animal Aid manages the animal shelter on our behalf.
Monday to Friday 11.00 am to 3.00 pm
Weekends and Public Holidays 10.30 am to 12.30 pm
40 Giles Street, Bairnsdale
Tel. 03 5152 1389
If you've lost a pet, check the Animal Aid Lost pets website.
If you would like to adopt a pet, please visit Adopt an Animal at Victorian Animal Aid.
We support a free Responsible Pet Ownership program and has a number of fact sheets to assist.
The Victorian Government website also has a wealth of information around pet ownership; from tips on choosing the right pet, looking after the welfare of your pet and your legal responsibilities as a pet owner.
In summary, some of your responsibilities include:
Under the Domestic Animals Act 1994 you may be responsible for any damage or injury caused by your dog if it attacks a person or animal. Help prevent dog attacks by always supervising your dog around children or other animals.
If Council receives a complaint about your dog it may be declared 'dangerous' or ‘menacing’, depending on its behaviour. Council will notify you if this happens and give you an opportunity to comment.
You will have 28 days to appeal to Council against a declaration.
If your dog is declared dangerous or menacing, strict controls apply. You must:
The leaflet Dangerous Dogs has more information.
The Domestic Animals Act 1994 defines a nuisance being when a dog creates a noise, by barking or otherwise, which persistently occurs or continues to such a degree or extent that it unreasonably interferes with the peace, comfort or convenience of any person. Barking dog problems are rarely solved by enforcement action.
If you are annoyed by the noise from your neighbour’s dog, try to solve the problem first by talking it over with your neighbours. They may not realise their dog is causing a problem and in many cases they will be happy to do what they can to help.
If this fails, you can make a complaint to us.