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Council's animal control responsibilities include domestic pets and livestock.  Council responds to stray and unauthorised livestock on roadways within the Mansfield Shire, and has within the municipality facilities for holding stray animals.

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 Council.  It is also a requirement that the 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 sterilisation, registration with an approved breed society, concession card details, etc 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.

Council's Domestic Animal Management Plan aims to achieve a balance between the needs of pet owners and the needs of the rest of the community.  The Plan can be viewed here.

Domestic Animals

Pound Release Fee:  $180 (Business Hours)

NOTE: An additional sustenance fee of $29.50 per animal, per day also applies.

Domestic Animals Registration Fees – 10 April 2017–9 April 2018

Standard Fees


Entire Dog/Cat


Dog/Cat – Desexed/Breeding animal within Registered Domestic Animal Business/a dog that has undergone obedience training with approved organisation/dog or cat registered with applicable organisation)


Dog kept for working stock


Dangerous/Menacing/Restricted Breed Dogs (no concession available)



Reduced Fees

For entitlement to reduced registration fees the owner of the animal must produce proof of sterilisation or membership of an applicable organisation*.


Concession Eligibility

If you wish to claim a concession, you must supply proof of one of the following current cards:

-       Centrelink pension card

-       Department of Veteran Affairs pension card

NOTE:  A Health Care Card cannot be accepted


Applicable Organisations*

The following organisations have been approved by the Minister for Agriculture as having high standards of responsible pet ownership to whom the community can look to when buying a pet or when seeking advice on care of a pet.  Council offers a concession fee for animals registered with any of these organisations:

-       Dogs Victoria

-       Greyhound Racing Victoria

-       Australian National Cats Inc.

-       Cats Victoria

-       Feline Control Council of Victoria

-    The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy Australia and Victoria



Sterilised Dog or Cat
Certificate of sterilisation from the Veterinary Surgeon is to be presented with the application.
If the certificate is unavailable, the animal(s) must be inspected by an Authorised Officer at the Municipal Office.

Working Stock Dog
Owners must be able to demonstrate to an Authorised Officer (if the case requires) the ability of the dog to work stock, before a concession fee is obtained. NOTE: Dogs kept for security purposes are NOT entitled to a concession under the working dog category.

Change of Address and Deceased Animals
Contact the Mansfield Shire Customer Service Unit should you change your address or if the animal becomes deceased during the period of registration.

Dog and Cat Regulations
All Dogs and Cats over the age of THREE months that reside within the Mansfield Shire MUST be registered. All Dogs/Cats being registered with council MUST be Microchipped prior to Registration

Offence   Fine    
Failure to register your dog or cat   $317
Dog found wandering between sunset and sunrise   $317
Dog found wandering at all other times   $238
Your dog and cat must wear the registration tag provided at all times, to ensure the ownership of the animal can quickly be traced   $79
The owner of any dog which: rushes at, attacks, worries or chases any person or other animal  Up to $500 plus costs 
Your dog or cat must not cause a nuisance    $79
Not complying with a nuisance order $238