Animal registration


If you have a dog or cat, you must:

  • Microchip and register at three months of age.
  • Renew the registration every year by 10 April.
  • Advise Council if you change address or the animal is deceased.
  • You may be fined if your cat or dog is over three months old and is not registered, and
  • You must follow particular restrictions in relation to restricted breeds of dogs.

When you register a dog or cat, Council knows the pet's owner and address, and how many dogs and cats you own. In West Wimmera Shire Council you are permitted to have two dogs and/or two cats in the township on land up to 0.4 hectare and fours dogs and/or four cats in the township on land greater than 0.4 hectare. A Community Local Law Application for Permit form will need to be completed if you exceed these limits.

You do not need to register pets like birds, fish and small animals.

Fees and charges

Registration fees

Category A - Maximum fee - $125

Category B - Maximum fee pensioner - $62.50

Category C - Reduced fee $43

Category C - Reduced fee pensioner $21.50

Micro chipping fee

$66 per animal

Dangerous/menacing dog registration fee

$221 per animal

Pound fees

Pound release fees

Pound release fee $49 per occasion

Pound release fees for registered dog/cat, within 12 months from first impoundment - $71 per occasion

Subsequent pound release fee per cat/dog - $107 per occasion


Daily food fee

Dogs and cates - $11 per animal per day

Livestock, small animal (sheep or equivalent) - $11 per animal per day

Livestock, large animal (cow or equivalent) - $11 per animal per day

For a complete list of pet-related fees please see the 2023-2024 Budget schedule of fees here