Owning a pet can be a wonderful experience, enhancing your health, wellbeing and happiness.

At Campaspe Shire Council, we encourage responsible pet ownership which is in the best interests of the pet, the owner and the community. That’s why there are a number of rules about:

  • dogs and cats
  • animals kept in Campaspe’s townships
  • Campaspe’s pound and pet adoptions 

Dog and cat registrations

Here are the rules about dog and cat ownership in Campaspe Shire Council:

  • You can’t have more than two dogs and two cats on any one property unless you have a permit to keep more.
  • Dogs and cats aged 12 weeks and older must be registered with council.  
  • If you’re in control of a dog in a public place, you must pick up its dog poo! You must also have something you can pick it up with when out with a dog. If you fail to do so, you could be fined. 


Dogs and cats in the Campaspe Shire Council must be registered with council. 10 April each year is the deadline for registrations and registration renewal. Pet owners whose cats and dogs are registered in Campaspe will receive a registration pack in March. You can also download a registration form here or pick one up from a Campaspe customer service centre.

There are a number of fee levels including:

  • full fee
  • full fee pensioner
  • reduced fee
  • reduced fee pensioner. 

Registration fees

Fee Dog Cat
Full fee $141 $141
Full fee - pensioner $70.50 $70.50
Reduced fee $47 $47
Reduced fee - pensioner $23.50 $23.50






IMPORTANT NOTICE: - Any puppy or kitten to be registered, or any dog or cat being moved into Campaspe Shire (as a new registration) must be microchipped before council can accept registration.

How to change registration details

If you move house, change your telephone number, please advise council of your details by completing a change of owners detail form.

If the details of the owner of the animal changes, you must complete a change of ownership form.

If you move to the Campaspe Shire Council and your animal is already registered, you need to complete an animal registration form.

Does my dog need to be on a lead?

There are specific areas in Campaspe where your dog/s must be on a lead. This includes all residential areas and central business districts within the Shire.

There are also specific off-lead areas where you can exercise your dog/s without a lead. However, you must still be able to control the dog by calling its name or making a similar command. You can find out more about restrictions that apply to dogs in public reserves here

Dangerous and stray dogs

If you have a dangerous dog:

  • it must wear bright a collar that is visible at night
  • it must be housed in an enclosure that is both dog and child-proof.

If you see a stray dog, please contact council during business hours on 1300 666 535.

To report a stray dog out of business hours, you can still lodge a service request by calling 1300 666 535. Follow the prompts to speak with the ranger on call. 

Keeping animals in Campaspe’s townships 

If you live in one of Campaspe’s townships, you can keep up to four different types of animals on the property, whether you own the property or are renting it. If you want to keep more, you must apply for a permit from council.

There are also limits to the number of each different type of animal you can keep, as outlined below: 

Type of animal

Maximum allowed in residential or   commercial areas on any one property






8 fowls or 2 turkeys or 2 geese or 2 ducks


Not allowed

Horses, donkeys, camels, cattle, sheep,   goats

Not allowed, unless council agrees to issuing you a permit



Guinea pigs


Domestic birds




Domestic rabbits



Not allowed unless council agrees to issuing you a permit.

Barking dogs 

If you want to complain about a neighbour’s barking dog, please contact Council’s Local Laws Unit on 1300 666 535. 

Campaspe Animal Shelter

For information about the animal shelter, dogs and cats that have been lost or available for adoption, click here.

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