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Microchipping Pet registration Registration fees
Annual permits Desexing your pet NSW Pet Registry

Council assists pet owners to ensure their pets are lawfully registered in NSW. Follow the steps below to ensure your pet is microchipped and lifetime registered.

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Step 1. Microchipping
(permanent identification)

If you’re the owner of a new cat or dog you must make sure your pet is microchipped.

By law all dogs and cats must be microchipped by the age of 12 weeks (or when sold or given away, whichever comes first). Penalties apply if you fail to microchip your pet by 12 weeks of age.

Not sure if your pet is microchipped?

How is a microchip implanted?

Is your pet microchipped but you don’t have the number?

Once your pet is microchipped you must also remember to register your cat or dog.

Microchipping is not registration.

Remember to register your pet.

Dogs must wear a collar and tag showing name and address or phone number when outside its own property
(except working dogs).

Cats must have some form of identification when in a public place.

Step 2. Pet registration

By law all cats and dogs must be lifetime registered by 6 months of age.

There are two ways to register your pet:

You will need your pet's microchipping paperwork, proof of desexing (if applicable) and your pension card (if applicable).

How much does it cost to register my pet?

Annual permits for non-desexed cats and dangerous or restricted dogs

Working dogs

Assistance animals

Therapy animals

How are pet registration fees used?

Pensioner rate

Why should I desex my pet?

  • desexed animals are less likely to roam
  • helps reduce aggression, fighting and antisocial behaviour
  • reduces the risk of some cancers and serious health problems
  • less unwanted animals born each year
  • saves you money

You get a discount on registration fees
if your pet is desexed.

How do I prove my pet
has been desexed?

To claim the desexed pet registration rate an animal must be permanently incapable of reproduction by 6 months of age for a dog, or 4 months for a cat.

You need to provide either:

  • a letter, certificate or receipt from a vet
  • a statutory declaration from the owner

NSW Pet Registry

NSW Pet Registry is the official database for all microchipped and registered cats and dogs living in NSW. (Previously known as the NSW Companion Animal Register).

Councils and vets use this online registry to find owners of lost animals.

I’ve moved from another state, how do I get my pet added to NSW Pet Registry?

What can I do on NSW Pet Registry?

Selling or giving away a dog or cat?

Have you moved house?

What if my pet has died?

Information for breeders

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Responsible pet ownership

As a cat or dog owner you’re responsible for knowing the rules for pet ownership, which are set by the Companion Animals Act 1998.

Council is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Act and associated regulations.

Council officers can issue penalty notices (fines), nuisance orders and menacing, dangerous or restricted declarations.

More information

You can contact Council to:

  • register your pet
  • change ownership
  • update your details
  • update your pets details
  • ask about fines and payment letters
  • pay pet registration fees over the counter (assistance, working and breeding dogs must be registered in person)

Call us on (02) 6670 2400 if you have any questions. Please have your pet’s microchip number ready.

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