Pet registration

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Pet registration fees update - 19 March 2019

Council recently increased its animal registration fees to pay for extra ranger services in Surf Coast Shire.

There’s been strong community feedback calling for more rangers and more patrols in our shire and we’ve responded. For example, you may have noticed our new All-Terrain Vehicle in action during beach patrols. In addition to extra ranger services we will also be rolling out an education campaign.

Surf Coast Shire has many pet owners and we appreciate your care and concern for animals. Your registration fees directly pay for these in-demand services.

Pet owners will have already received the invoice and noticed the fees have increased by an additional $23.60 for desexed cats and dogs and, unsterilized animals increased by $51.90. 

Registration fees pay for these services:

  • Ranger services, including staff, vehicles and equipment.
  • The operation of a dog pound.
  • After hours services.
  • Payments to Geelong Animal Welfare Society and Animal Welfare Victoria.
  • Purchase and operation of the All-terrain Vehicle.
  • Management and investigation of dog attacks, including prosecution.
  • Pet owner education.

Animal management statistics

As at March 2019 there were 6,086 registered dogs and 968 registered cats in Surf Coast Shire.

In 2018, Council received approximately 600 animal related customer service requests, including 140 lost animals and more than 190 calls to animals at large.

Council impounded 151 animals with a return rate of around 95% and responded to 34 dog attacks and managed 76 barking dog complaints.

Domestic Animal Management Plan

Between September 2017 and March 2018 Council undertook significant community engagement on its new Domestic Animal Management Plan, which is the over-arching document that guides how we manage dogs and cats in the shire.

We received more than 420 individual responses during the engagement and received more comments through stakeholder workshops – feedback received showed there was strong support for additional ranger services and other measures aimed at supporting compliance with animal regulations.


  • Desexed dog or cat is $65 (previously $41.40) or $32.50 for pensioners.
  • Unsterilised dog or cat is $195 (previously $143.10) or $97.50 for pensioners.

The desexed price still applies to dogs or cats that are; kept for working stock, registered with a Victorian canine or prescribed feline association, kept for breeding in a registered domestic business, older than 10 years old - not sterilised and those who have undergone obedience training which complies with regulations.

Registration is due annually on 10 April.

Download a pet registration form(PDF, 864KB)
Pay your registration online

Notes on dog and cat registration:

  • All dogs and cats over three months old that live in Surf Coast Shire must be registered.
  • To be registered, State legislation states that all new or transfer registrations must include proof of microchipping.
  • To register a sterilised dog or cat you must present a certificate of sterilisation from a vet, or bring the animal to the council office to be inspected.
  • To be registered as a working dog, you must be able to demonstrate the dog's ability to work stock to an authorised officer. (Dogs kept for security purposes are not considered working dogs for the purposes of registration.)
  • Applicants must be over 18 to apply for an animal registration.
  • Registration is due on 10 April annually, or penalties will apply.
  • If you change address, or if your animal has relocated or died, please notify Council on 03 5261 0600.