Pet registration

If your pet is over the age of three months, it must be registered with Council.

Pet renewals are due in April each year – if you do not register your pet, a fine of over $200 may be given.

Are registration and microchipping the same?

Microchipping is implanting a device in your animal so that it can be identified. Registration is a Victorian Government requirement.

All new animal registrations must provide proof of desexing and micropchipping.

Lifetime tags for your pets

Once your pet has been registered, your will receive a lifetime tag. Wearing the tag will significantly increase the chances of being reunited with your pet, should they go astray. A replacement tag cost $8. Please contact Council’s customer service on 9278 4444 or visit Council's offices to purchase a new tag.

Desexing voucher scheme

Council, in partnership with the Australian Veterinary Association, offers a desexing scheme for dogs and cats owned by pensioners.

Residents who hold any of the following concession are eligible to participate in the desexing voucher scheme:

  • Pensioner Health Concession Card 
  • Health Care Card 
  • Low Income Health Care Card 
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.

Desexing vouchers are available from Council in person. Proof of the above concession or benefit card are required.

Cleaning up after your dog

Council recommends the no-fuss plastic bag method for picking up after your dog.

Failure to pick up after your dog may result in a fine.

Excess animal permit

Boroondara residents may only keep two dogs and/or two cats at their home.

Before you acquire another dog or cat you must apply for an excess animal permit.

When assessing an application, we take into consideration factors such as property size, how many animals are already kept, previous history (such as barking dog complaints), and if there are objections from neighbours.

In some instances Council will conduct a property inspection.

Walking your dog responsibly – off-leash areas

A dog may be exercised off a chain, cord or leash (lead) in a designated reserve, if the owner:

  • carries a lead to bring the dog under their control if the dog behaves in a manner which threatens any person or animal
  • is able to promptly bring the dog under control by voice or hand command and then place the dog on a lead if necessary
  • does not allow the dog to worry or threaten any person or animal.

If your dog is off-leash in a designated reserve, you must bring your dog under control using a lead if the dog is within 30 metres of an organised sporting event, an organised public meeting or a permanent barbecue or picnic area if it is being used by others.

Dogs are prohibited within the immediate perimeter of any playground at all times, and must be on a lead if within 10 metres of the perimeter of a playground in a designated reserve at all times.

Designated reserves for off-leash dogs

 Site  Address  Suburb Melway   Off-leash specifications
 Anderson Park  Anderson Road  Hawthorn  50 G3  Ovals only
 Ashburton Park  339 High Street  Ashburton  60 F9  
 Beckett Park  Parring Road  Balwyn  46 G7  All except for
indigenous flora reserve
 Belmont Park  Mont Albert Road  Deepdene  46 B8  
 Boroondara Park  66 Canterbury Road  Camberwell  46 A10  
 Burke Road South Reserve  McDonald Street  Glen Iris  59 G6  
 Cooper Reserve  Green Street  Burwood  60 H3  
 Eric Raven Reserve  High Street  Glen Iris  59 K9  
 Fairmont Avenue Reserve  Fairmont Avenue  Camberwell  60 B4  
 Fairview Park  Fairview Street  Hawthorn  45 B12  
 Foley Park  Foley Street  Kew  45 B8  
 Fritsch Holzer Park  Rose Street  Hawthorn East  45 G12  
 Frog Hollow Reserve  Fordham Avenue  Camberwell  60 B2  
 Grace Park  Hilda Crescent  Hawthorn  45 B9  
 H A Smith Reserve  Glenferrie Road  Hawthorn  59 D2  
 Hartwell Sports Ground  Bath Road  Burwood  60 F7  
 Hays Paddock  Lister Street  Kew East  45 J1  
 Highfield Park  Highfield Road  Camberwell  60 E2  South oval only
 Hill 'n' Dale Park  Hill 'n' Dale Park  Glen Iris  60 C8  
 Hislop Park  Balwyn Road  Balwyn North  46 D4  
 Hyde Park  White Avenue  Kew East  45 E2  
 John August Reserve  Mont Albert Road  Balwyn North  46 E9  
 Kate Campbell Reserve  Kellet Grove  Kew  45 D2  
 King Street Chain of Parks  Gordon Street
 to King Street
 Balwyn  46 A6  
 Koonung Creek Reserve  Mountain View Road  Balwyn North  32 E11  
 Lynden Park  Highfield Road  Camberwell  60 E4  
 Macleay Park  Belmore Road  Balwyn North  46 C4  
 Markham Reserve  Victory Boulevard  Ashburton  60 E12  
 Mont Albert Park  Union Road  Mont Albert  46 J7  
 Murdoch Street Reserve  Fairmont Avenue  Camberwell  60 B4  
 Nettleton Park  Gardiner Parade  Glen Iris  59 J7  
 Outer Circle Linear Park A  Princess Street
 to Peel Street
 Kew  45 C2  
 Outer Circle Linear Park B  Peel Street
 to Willsmere Road
 Outer Circle Linear Park C  Willsmere Road
 to Spruzen Avenue
 Outer Circle Linear Park D  Spruzen Avenue
 to Belford Road
 Outer Circle Linear Park E  Belford Road
 to High Street
 Outer Circle Linear Park F  High Street
 to Normanby Road
 Outer Circle Linear Park G  Normanby Road
 to Argyle Road
 Pridmore Park  Mason Street  Hawthorn  44 J9  
 Rathmines Reserve  Rathmines Road  Hawthorn East  45 H10  
 Reservoir Reserve  Grange Road  Kew  45 J7  
 Sinclair Avenue Reserve  Sinclair Avenue  Hawthorn East  59 H6  
 St James Park  Burwood Road  Hawthorn  45 A10  
 Stradbroke Park  Burke Road  Kew East  45 K4  
 Summerhill Park  Summerhill Road  Glen Iris  60 D8  West of the kindergarten
 boundary only
 Victoria Park  High Street  Kew  45 G5  
 Wallen Road Reserve  Wallen Road  Hawthorn  45 B12  
 Warner Reserve  Samarinda Avenue  Ashburton  60 E11  
 Willison Park  Culliton Road  Camberwell  60 B3  
 Willsmere Park  Willow Grove  Kew East  45 F1


Choosing a pet 

Animals from either organisation are ready for adoption – healthy, vaccinated, desexed and microchipped.

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