Registration is compulsory for dogs over the age of 12 weeks.  Registration of cats is not compulsory, however Council does offer a free cat registration service to record owner and animal information to assist owners in locating lost cats. 

If you do not register your dog, you may be liable to be issued an on the spot fine, with a value of two (2) penalty units.
(Current value of a penalty unit is available here)

Charters Towers Regional Council issues ‘Life-time Registration Tags' that remain valid for the life of each animal registered.  A new registration is not required each year, only payment of the invoice when issued. 

The Registration period runs from 01 July to 30 June each year, with renewal by by 31 July.  Discount is offered to owners who register their dog within the discount period.  Discounts are also offered to pensioners, owners of desexed dogs and members of the Queensland Canine Control Council. 

Fact Sheet Registration and Identification (PDF, 173kb)


New Registration
If you have not yet registered your dog (or cat), the Application Form is available below.  Submit this Application Form to Council with registration fees.  A registration tag will be mailed.  Alternatively, you may attend at Council's reception at City Hall.

Application Form Dog Registration (PDF, 275kb)

Application Form Cat Registration (PDF, 257kb)


Working Dogs

Registration is required for all dogs in the Charters Towers Local Government Area other than Working Dogs as defined by the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008. To provide assistance in determining whether your dog is in fact a Working Dog, Council has prepared a Self-Assessment Form for your completion. Where your dog complies with this assessment, please provide this form to Councils Administration Staff for processing. Registration per above will be required if no Assessment Form is completed and accepted by Council.

Working Dog Registration Assessment Application


Special Approvals
Subordinate Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2011 prescribes, amongst other things, that the maximum number of dogs allowed to be kept on a property in the town area is 2 and the maximum number of cats is 3.  It also prescribes when a permit is required for the keeping of other domestic animals such as horses, sheep and birds etc.

If you wish to apply for a permit to keep more than the allowable number of animals, please contact Council on 4761 5544 or attend at Council's reception at City Hall.