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Registration of Dogs & Cats

All Councils in New South Wales are agents for the NSW Companion Animals Register.  This is a State Government register which records identification and registration information for dogs and cats in NSW.

All dogs and cats born after the 30 June 1999 must be microchipped prior to a change of ownership or before the animal is 12 weeks old, whichever comes first.  They must also be lifetime registered once they are six months of age.

When you register you will need a completed registration form available from

You will also need to ensure your pet is permanently identified in the NSW Companion Animals Register.  If you are unsure if your pet has permanent identification in the Register, please contact Council’s Customer Service Team on 02 6499 2222 – you will need to provide the 15 digit microchip number associated with your pet.

Registration Type Registration Fee
Recognised Breader Non-desexed animal $58.00
*Desexed animal $58.00
Non-desexed animal $210.00
*Desexed animal - owned by eligible pensioner $25.00
*Desexed animal sold by pound/shelter $29.00

*proof of desexing must be presented at time of payment.

You can pay Lifetime Registration online providing your pet has already been Permanently Identified at:

However you must have previously had your pet Permanently Identified through the usual process of:

  • Having your pet microchipped at the vet’s or through a recognised microchip implanter
  • Your vet or implanter will ensure the information is entered into the Register with you as the owner of the pet

Alternative payment method:

Due to Covid-19 Pandemic, Council’s office is currently closed for face to face transactions. 

If you submit the completed Lifetime Registration form with Council via email a member of Council’s Customer Service Team will contact you (please provide phone contact details) and you can pay your Lifetime Registration by providing credit card details over the phone.     


The Companion Animals Act requires that you notify Council if:

  • You change your address and or telephone number - within 14 days
  • You rehome your dog or cat (you must provide the new owners details) - within 14 days
  • The animal dies – within 28 days after the animal dies
  • A declaration by a court that a dog is dangerous (made or revoked) - within 7 days
  • The animal has been missing for more than 72 hours - within 96 hours after the animal goes missing
  • The animal has been found after having been reported missing – within 72 hours of the animal being found
    This notification should be in writing and a copy of the animal's identification or registration certificate should accompany any of the above notifications. Failure to notify the above changes can result in penalties.


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