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The State Government amended the Animal Management (Cats & Dogs) Act 2008 by removing the mandatory requirement for cats to be registered and passed the responsibility for cat registration to Council in September 2013.The state determined that if a council wanted to continue to register cats they can do so by amending their "Animal Management Local Law" to include cat registration provisions.

In July 2014 Noosa Council resolved not to continue with cat registration as of 30 September 2014.

Although registration for cats has been discontinued, the mandatory requirement for cats to be micro-chipped remains in the Animal Management (Cats & Dogs) Act 2008.

Noosa Council encourages responsible pet ownership – find out more about Responsible cat ownership factsheet

Maximum number of cats

  • Two cats per property.

You need to apply to Council for permission should you wish to keep more than two cats. Complete the animal licence form and return to council.

Please note for properties managed by a body corporate you must check to ensure animals are allowed on the property before submitting the application.


Micro-chipping your cat is compulsory if:

  • your cat is younger than 12 weeks as of 1 July 2009
  • the ownership of the cat changes after the 1 July 2009

Council recommends that all cats regardless of age are micro-chipped. On the spot, fines apply for owners whose cat isn't micro-chipped in accordance with the Animal Management (Cats & Dogs) Act 2008.

Ensure your pet's micro-chip details are up-to-date with your micro-chip register. This will help Council, the vet or lost animal shelter to reunite you and your pet quickly, and easily should your cat be impounded or found.

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