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 microchipped remains in the Animal Management (Cats & Dogs) Act 2008.

Responsible Cat Ownership

It is a requirement that cat owners prevent their animals from straying. Straying cats pose a significant risk to wildlife and are at risk of injury or death from vehicles, disease and other animals. For further information see our Responsible cat ownership factsheet.

If you wish to make a complaint about a straying, domestic cat please contact Council

Maximum number of cats

  • Two cats per property.

Should you wish to keep more than two cats, you will need to complete an Additional animal permit application 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.


Microchipping 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 microchipped. On the spot, fines apply for owners whose cat isn't microchipped in accordance with the Animal Management (Cats & Dogs) Act 2008.

Ensure your pet's microchip details are up to date with your microchip 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.