Pets and registration

New animal registrations

Registration fees are for the period 11 April 2017 to 10 April 2018

Dog and cat registration renewal

You will receive a renewal notice in the mail. Use your notice to pay online

If any details are incorrect update the form and return it or email with the changes.

If your animal has died email

Transferring pet registration from another Council

$8.00 per animal is charged for transferring your pet registration from another Victorian Council to Nillumbik.

Transfer your dog registration online

Transfer your cat registration online

Services and advice

Council provides these services to support pet ownership:

  • Lost and found animal service. A guaranteed notification that pets wearing the Council identification tag have been found
  • Animal management service which responds to problems including reports of dog attacks, or complaints about animals on private property without the property owner's permission
  • Nuisance service to help solve dog barking, cat straying and spraying problems
  • Public education regarding responsible pet ownership
  • Control to maintain minimum animal welfare standards in animal businesses such as pet shops, Council pounds, animal welfare shelters, breading and dog training establishments
  • Annual Pet Expo
  • General advice about pet care

It is an offence to keep more than two dogs or cats without consent in writing from Council in the form of a permit.

New dog registration

  • All dogs over 3 months old must be registered with Council
  • Dogs must be microchipped to be registered. This includes dogs that transfer from another council
  • An owner of a dog must be at least 18 years old
  • If your dog is not desexed, Council cannot accept registration for the lower fee. A letter from your vet does not classify for exemption 
  • A partial refund can be issued if a dog is desexed at 6 months of age or under and the sterilisation certificate is provided

New cat registration

  • All cats over 3 months old must be registered with Council
  • Cats must be microchipped and desexed to be registered
  • If your cat is not desexed, Council cannot accept registration. A letter from your vet does not classify for exemption
  • Cats exempt from mandatory desexing are those owned by breeders registered with the Feline Control Council, Governing Council of the Cat Fancy Australia and Victoria Inc or the Democratic Cat Council Inc. This includes cats that transfer from another Council

Pro-rata rates

New animal registrations will be charged pro-rata:

  • 6 months remaining - 50% of full fee

Registration is not valid until payment has been processed and all required information has been provided. Once your registration is accepted, a certificate of registration and identification tag will be issued and your pet's registration will be valid. 

Vaccinating pet rabbits

A new strain of rabbit calicivirus, RHDV1 K5 (also known as K5); will be released in Victoria in March to help land owners control pest rabbits.

Anyone who owns pet rabbits should make sure that their vaccinations are up-to-date to protect against the virus.

Domestic pet rabbit owners can take the following extra precautions to protect pet rabbits from K5 infection:

  • Prevent contact between pet and pest rabbits.
  • Don’t cut grass from areas where pest rabbits may be foraging and feed it to pet rabbits.
  • Wash hands with warm soapy water between handling rabbits.
  • Insect-proof the hutch with fly- and mosquito-proof wire or keep pet rabbits indoors.

Useful websites:

Australian Veterinary Association

Pest Smart

Agriculture Victoria's information about rabbit biocontrol

Agriculture Victoria's information about pet rabbits

Payment options for new registrations


Select the appropriate category from the tables and follow the prompts. Mastercard or Visa is accepted. If you select the pensioner rate, a pensioner number is required. Health Care cards are not accepted.

New registration - Dogs

Normal fee

Pensioner fee

Desexed and microchipped dogs



Dogs over ten years old



A working dog



Dogs kept for breeding by the proprietor of a domestic animal business conducted on registered premises



Dogs that have undergone obedience training which complies with the regulations



Dogs registered with the Victorian Canine Association  or any successor in law of that association or any other organisation approved by Council



A classified dangerous dog



Dogs that are microchipped only





New registration - Cats

Normal fee

Pensioner fee

Desexed and microchipped cats



Cats over ten years old



Cats kept for breeding by the proprietor of a domestic animal business conducted on registered premises



Cats registered with the Feline Control Council, Governing Council of the Cat Fancy Australia and Victoria Inc, Democratic Cat Council Inc or any successor in law of any one of those associations or a breed or society approved by Council



In person

Phone 9433 3111 to request a Dog or Cat registration application form to be mailed to you. Complete the form and deliver to:

Nillumbik Shire Council 
Civic Drive, Greensborough
Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5pm except public holidays
Pay the registration fee with cash, cheque, money order, EFTPOS, Mastercard or Visa

By mail

Nillumbik Shire Council
PO Box 476
Greensborough VIC 3088

Responsible pet ownership program

Nillumbik Shire Council has a number of initiatives to encourage responsible pet ownership.

Free dog obedience training

The German Shepherd Dog Club (Northern Branch) and the Wiltja Dog Obedience Club are able to assess your dog for the Dog Obedience Certificate issued under the Domestic Animals Act.  To be eligible for assessment, your dog must be:

  • 12 months of age
  • Registered with Council
  • Immunised

The German Shepherd and Wiltja Dog Clubs offer five week courses for owners who believe their dog requires training before sitting the test. The training is free, but there is a $10.00 cost (prescribed by regulations) for sitting the Dog Obedience Certificate.

The training course is conducted twice yearly, May and August. To have your dog assessed for the Obedience Certificate or to book for the training course contact Terry Taukus 0439 003 468 if you own a German Shepherd, or Stan Buck 9308 2466 for other breeds.

Pet Expo

This popular Pet Expo, takes place at Marngrook Oval in October.  It is a day for pets and their owners to enjoy an event and has activities for children, displays by working dog breeds and a range of different animals to consider as pets. For details contact 9433 3111