Pet registration and renewal
Registering your dog or cat helps us to reunite you quickly if they become lost.
Pet registration summary
- All dogs and cats over the age of 3 months must be microchipped, desexed and registered with us
- Registration must be renewed every year by 10 April (you will receive a reminder)
- If you do not register your pet, you may be fined
- Desexing of cats and dogs is compulsory in Frankston City Council
- If you have more than 2 dogs and/or 2 cats, you must also apply for an Excess Animal and Birds Permit
If your pet is already registered with Frankston City Council, we send you a letter each year in March when your pet registration is due for renewal.
You must pay your renewal fee by 10 April each year. You can pay your registration renewal online, by phone on 1300 322 322, or in person at one of our service centres.
You will need the details from your renewal notice to make the payment.
Renew your registration online:
Renew dog registration online
Renew cat registration online
To register your pet for the first time with Frankston City Council, you will need:
Your pet's microchip number and one of the following documents:
- proof of desexing (desexing certificate), OR
- proof of why your pet isn't desexed (membership of applicable organisation or written vet advice)
- A Visa or Mastercard credit/debit card to pay the non-refundable registration fee (we don’t accept Amex/Diners card online)
If you are unable to pay online by credit/debit card, download and complete the Dog and cat registration form (976KB).
You cannot register Restricted Breed, Declared Dangerous or Declared Menacing dogs online – please call us for advice.
| Registration type
|Annual fee for eligible pension card holder*
|Desexed dog/cat (compulsory)
|Dog/Cat with temporary desexing exemption from a vet
|Dog/Cat with permanent desexing exemption from a vet
|Dog/cat kept for breeding at a registered domestic animal business
|Dog that has undergone obedience training that complies with the regulations
|Dog/Cat Association Membership (owner must present pedigree certificate and current animal association membership card)
|Declared dogs (dangerous/menacing/restricted)
|Registered foster carers
|Guide dogs and government service dogs
|Animals adopted from The Lost Dog's Home (must show proof of purchase)
|| Free (for first year)
|| Free (for first year)
*Eligible pension card holders must provide a copy of their pension card. See below for a list of accepted pension cards.
Accepted Pension cards
Pet owners who have one of the following Pension cards receive the discounted pension fee for registration (excluding Declared dogs):
- Pensioner Concession Card – issued by Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs
- Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card – War Widow (WW)
- Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card – Totally & Permanently Incapacitated (TPI)
You must have your dogs and cats desexed if they live in Frankston City Council, unless your pet is too young to be desexed or used for breeding purposes (and registered with a suitable membership organisation).
What to do if your pet isn't desexed
Your dog or cat must be desexed if it lives in Frankston City Council, unless it meets one of the following conditions:
- your vet believes your pet should not be desexed for medical reasons (you must submit a letter from your vet with your application describing their recommendation)
- you are a current member of one of the following organisations and your dog/cat is registered with it (membership card and pedigree certificate are required):
- Dogs Victoria
- Greyhound Racing Victoria
- Feline Control Council of Victoria Inc
- The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy Association
- Australian National Cat Inc
Frankston City Council encourages you to obedience train your dog for the safety of you, your pet, and the community. The following training businesses are accredited and recommended by the state government:
- Dogs Victoria
- Australian Association of Professional Dog Trainers Inc
- The Gentle Dog Trainers Association
- Four Paws K9 Training
Frankston City Council has an incentive program to reward owners who undertake obedience training for their dogs. These owners are eligible for a 10 per cent reimbursement of the fee for undertaking obedience training with an approved training organisation (conditions apply).
View our Dog Obedience Training Fact Sheet. (629KB)
To encourage more residents to adopt a pet from Council’s pound service (The Lost Dog's Home), we give away 15 pets free each year following our annual Pet’s Day Out event in October.
Keep an eye out for more information in Frankston City News and on our Facebook page.
After we process your pet registration, we will send you a lifetime tag that your pet must wear at all times.
Owners of registered pets found wandering without their tag may be fined. If your pet loses its tag, contact us to request a free replacement.
When you move into Frankston City, you must apply to register your pet with us.
Change of address or contact details
If you have moved house or changed other contact details, please update your pet registration details.
Don't forget to also update your details with the relevant microchipping agency, in case your pet is found wandering outside Frankston City.
If, sadly, your pet has passed away
If your pet has passed away, please notify us so we can update the records.
Notify us of a deceased pet.
Change of animal owner
If you take over ownership of a cat or dog that is already registered in Frankston City, simply complete and submit the Change of ownership form (314KB).
If you have more than 2 dogs or 2 cats in a house, or you keep birds, mice or rabbits, after registering your pets you must also apply for an 'Excess animal and bird permit' by downloading and completing an Application for excess animal and bird permit (482KB). For more information, read about the permitted number of pets.