All dogs residing on urban residential, rural residential, rural properties must be registered annually.

All dogs are required to be registered for easy identification. Registering and microchipping your dogs is the best way to locate owners should the animals be found wandering. Microchipping can be done at your closest Veterinary Surgery. Dogs must wear a registration tag at all times.

Dogs must be kept in a proper enclosure that prevents them from wandering or escaping. The minimum standards for keeping dogs are:

  • enclosures must be cleaned regularly and waste disposed of so as not to create a nuisance or health hazard
  • adequate food and water must be provided
  • adequate space must be provided for each dog
  • not permiting any dog to be kept in such a manner as to be a nuisance, likely to cause an injury or health hazard.

A well exercised and disciplined dog makes a happy and contented pet. Your pet should be walked every day especially if you have an active breed or large dog.

Dogs must be leashed at all times outside your property and under continuous supervision. You are responsible for the actions of your dog, therefore it is your duty to clean up after your pet (dispose of faeces in a sanitary manner) and make sure that your dog is not a nuisance.

An off-leash dog park is available at Doyle Street Mareeba and Gregory Terrace Kuranda. More information can be found here.

You must notify Council of any change in details to a dog’s registration such as address, ownership, desexing or replacement tag. Failure to update such details may lead to the issue of an infringement.

From 1 January 2022, the Queensland Government will bring into effect new requirements for all regulated dogs to wear a specific type of distinctive red and yellow striped collar to keep the community safer.

The new laws will provide state-wide consistency in the type of collar required to be worn by a regulated dog, allowing the public to better identify a dog that has been regulated and to be able to avoid approaching the dog. A person will also be able to confidently report to local councils a regulated dog that might be roaming.

The new laws will require that a regulated dog must wear a distinctive collar that meets the following requirements:

  • yellow and red striped with a yellow identification tag
  • each stripe must be 25 millimetres wide and set diagonal to the rim of the collar at an angle of 45 degrees
  • at least one of the colours must be sufficiently reflective to be visible in low light
  • be made of durable materials
  • be able to be securely fastened to the dog

Mareeba Shire Council will work with all regulated dog owners to ensure these requirements are met.

For more information on the requirements for regulated dog collars, please visit