All dogs and cats, three months of age and over, must be microchipped and registered. Renewals are due 10 April each year.
Once your pet is registered, yearly renewal notices will be sent out. You can renew your pet registration by completing and returning the yearly renewal notice that will be sent to you or by bringing your yearly renewal notice with payment to the Council Offices.
If you choose to sterilise your pet, you must provide with your application a Veterinary Certificate or Statutory Declaration.
Unsterilised Microchipped Dog/Cat $120.00
Pension Unsterilised Microchipped Dog/Cat $60.00
Sterilised & Microchipped Dog/Cat $40.00
Pension Sterilised & Microchipped $20.00
Dog used for working stock exempt from microchipping $40
*Pension Card Holders – 50% discount applies on the above fees
Pensioner discount applies to Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Care, department of Veterans' Affairs TPI or War Widow card holders only. Documentation should be forwarded to support the application
(No reduction available on Health Care Cards)
The Horsham Rural City Council has "Lifetime Tags" in use, your pet tag and registration number is for the life of the pet and is not replaced each year upon renewal. Replacement tags will be issued free of charge by contacting Council if the existing tag is lost or damaged.
If your pet loses its Lifetime Tag, please contact Council as it is an offence for pets to be found not wearing a Lifetime Tag. New tags will be issued at no cost.
All dogs and cats newly registered with Council must be microchipped before Council can accept the registration; this includes previously registered dogs and cats transferring from other Councils. Microchipping certificate must be provided with an application form. Microchipping will assist with the recovery if your pet is lost.
Please note that working dogs are now exempt from microchipping, however they do need to be registerd with Council.
Failure to register your pet will result in a fine of $311. From 1 May 2007, all cat and dog owners are required to have their pets microchipped before being registered to comply with State Government legislation (The Domestic Animals Act 1994). This does not apply to pets that are already registered with Council.
The Domestic Animals Act 1994 requires specific controls for the keeping of "Restricted Breed" dogs. The Victorian Government has made legislation to restrict the following dog breeds:
The maximum permitted, unless a local law permit has been granted by the Council, is 2 dogs and 3 cats on land less than 2 hectares in area or 4 dogs and 4 cats on land of 2 hectares or more in area.
If you own more than the above numbers of animals per hectare, owners are required to contact Council on 03 5382 9774 to apply for a permit.