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Pet ownership is a responsibility that brings some simple, but enforceable requirements. This page will help to explain some of the key requirements. For further information, contact Council's Customer Relations Team.

 Registering Dogs and Cats
 Dog and cat registration fees and classifications
 Maximum number of pets allowed
 Restricted Dog Breeds
 Nuisance animals
 Fines - Domestic Animals Act 1994
 Lost dogs & cats

Registering Dogs and Cats

Dogs and Cats are recognised and cherished by many Australians, both young and old, for their unique ability to provide companionship, comfort and unconditional love.

The Domestic Animals Act 1994 requires all dogs and cats over the age of 3 months living in the municipality to be microchipped and registered with the Council. It is also a requirement that the issued registration tag be worn at all times.

Registrations are an annual charge and must be renewed by 10 April each year.

If you have a new animal to register please ensure you have the microchip details with you. To claim a discount or concession, proof of sterilastion, registration with an approved breed society, concession card details is required.

A resident must not keep more than 2 dogs or cats in a residential area without obtaining a permit. Council Officers will inspect the premises where the animals are to be kept to ensure they will not create a nuisance to neighbours, and that there is sufficient space to house the animals properly.

To obtain a registration form contact or visit Council. Contact details appear at the foot of this page.

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Dog and cat registration fees and classifications
Dog   Cat   Classification/Description   Amount    
      Dangerous/Menacing   $102.00    
A   O   Standard Animal   $102.00    
B   I   Standard Animal with Pensioner Concession   $51.00    
K   K   Domestic Business Animal   $211.00    
      Minimum Fees       
C   2   Desexed Animal   $34.00    
D   3   Animal over 10 years old   $34.00    
E   -   Dog kept for working stock   $34.00    
F   4   Animal kept for breeding by a registered animal business. Conducted on a registered business.   $34.00    
G   -   Dog which has undergone obedience training which complies with the regulations as pescribed by the Act.   $34.00    
H   5   Animal registered with approved organisation (VCA or FCA)   $34.00    
J   7   Minimum fee with Pension Concession   $17.00    

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 Note: The production of a Veterinary Certificate in relation to a desexed animal will be sufficient proof for a minimum registration fee under that category.

Maximum number of pets allowed
Type of Animal                                                 Maximum allowed    
Dogs   2    
Cats   2    
Poultry   8 Fowls or 2 Turkeys or 2 Geese or 2 Ducks    
Pigeons   Permit Required    
Domestic Birds   10    
Guinea Pigs   6    
Domestic Rabbits   2    
Agricultural animals   Nil    
Roosters   Nil    
Ferrets   6    
Large Birds   Nil    
Pigs   Nil    
Other animal types   None allowed except where otherwise determined by Council in each individual application for a permit.    

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Restricted Dog Breeds
The State Government has made amendments to the Domestic (Feral & Nuisance) Animals Act 1994 in relation to the keeping of ‘Restricted Dog Breeds’.

A ‘Restricted Dog Breed’ means a dog of a breed whose importation into Australia is prohibited under Customs regulations.

These breeds currently are:

  • Dogo Argentino
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • American Pit Bull Terrier

For further information contact Council. See the foot of this page for Council contact information.

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Nuisance animals

Barking Dogs 

All dogs bark, but some barking dogs become a real neighbourhood nuisance - greatly reducing the quality of life for their neightbours.

Barking is the most common animal behaviour problem Council is asked to deal with. Ongoing barking is often the symptom of another problem and taking the time to understand what makes a dog bark, especially your pet, is the first step towards solving this problem.

Dogs are social animals and often bark when they are lonely. Separation from an owner can cause dogs stress. Barking maybe the result of boredom and frustration.

Barking is a dog's way of seeking attention from it's owner.

Dogs also bark out of fear - this can be fear of people, objects or other dogs.

Dogs bark when there is a threat to their territory. Some breeds have a reputation for barking.

The most important first step is to work out why your dog is barking. Once you know the cause you can find the cure.

If your neighbours' dog is barking, talk to your neighbour as soon as the problem arises - they may not be aware that the dog is barking or that the barking is bothering you.

Dogs and cats on other people's property

People can object to dogs and cats being on their property without permission. If the animal continues to wander onto another person's property, then the owner of that animal will receive a fine. An online form can be found under the "Notify Council" section for the notification of nuisance dogs.

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Fines - Domestic Animals Act 1994
Offence   Fine    
Failure to register your dog or cat with Council   $311.00    
Dog not securely confined to owners' premises - day   $233.00    
Dog not securely confined to owners' premises - night   $311.00    
Cat not securely confined to owners' premises    $78.00    
Dog or Cat causing a nuisance   $78.00    
Dog or Cat not wearing Council registration tag   $78.00    
Dog rushing or chasing any person   $155.00    
Failure to renew Dog or Cat registration with Council   $311.00    

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Lost dogs & cats
Council regularly pick up and impound stray and lost dogs and cats. Registered Dogs and Cats can be returned home to the owner, as can microchipped dogs and cats.

If your pet is missing, you are advised to contact Council's Compliance Department. If your pet is not currently in the pound, Council officers will record your enquiry and contact you if it is found.

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Ensure your dog is on a leash at all times
The entire Benalla Rural City is designated as a 'dog on leash' area, therefore your dog must be on a lead at all times except in the designated 'off leash' areas. The 'off leash' areas are clearly marked with signs, and a map is available at the Civic Centre.
Under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, all dogs must be under effective control whilst outside their owner's property and an owner must not allow the dog to worry, chase or threaten any person or animal.
In the 'off leash' areas the person in charge of a dog must remain in effective voice or hand control of the dog so as to be able to promptly bring the dog under control by placing it on a chord, chain or leash if it becomes necessary.

Download Files
 Pet Registration Form
 Domestic Animal Management Plan
External Web Links
 RSPCA Victoria
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