The new City of Palmerston (Animal Management) By-Laws are now in effect as of 1 July 2024.

Registration enables City of Palmerston Rangers to identify and promptly reunite lost dogs and cats with their owners. If you are living in the Palmerston municipality, it is a recommended that owners register and microchip their cats and dogs as of 1 July 2024. 

Key changes since 1 July 2024 include:

  • Compulsory registration for cats and dogs as of 1 September 2024.
  • Cat fees waived for the first six months and applicable from 1 March 2025.
  • Compulsory microchipping for registered cats and dogs, with a six-month grace period from 1 September 2024 to 28 February 2025.
  • Maximum of two dogs and two cats per property without a licence.

New cat and dog registrations 

To register a new cat or dog to Palmerston, please fill out the online form here.

If you require any assistance with completing this form, please contact a member of our Customer Experience team on 8935 9922.

Renewing your dog registration

If your dog is already registered with City of Palmerston, you will need to renew your dog/s registration by the 1 September each year, with a short grace period provided until 30 September.

Compulsory cat registration comes into effect on 1 September 2024.  

To renew your dog’s registration, you will need the seven-digit reference number located in the payment section on your renewal notice.

If you are a concession card holder, call 8935 9922.

Renew online here

Update my pets details

It's free to update your pets details. Return the completed change of postal address form by:

Fees and charges

Registration fees are due in September each year and assists us in providing quality animal management services.

Dog and cat registration fees

Standard Fee 2024/25      
Entire registration* $109.00      
Desexed registration* $54.50      
Entire registration (Concession/Pensioner) $26.00      
Desexed registration (Concession/Pensioner) $13.00      
Dangerous dog registration $350.00








Council also provides 50% discount for dogs and cats that are desexed.

*50% discount will apply for 2024/25 entire cat registration only.

The detailed fee schedule can be found here.

Multiple cat and dog licence

If you have more than two cats or dogs at your home, a licence is required.

To start your application, contact us directly on 8935 9922 or email

Rehomed and adopted dogs

Council offers free registration for dogs that have been adopted through registered rehoming groups for the first year of ownership. Read more about this incentive.


For further assistance with registering your pet, contact us directly on 8935 9922 or by email