Animal registrations

If you are buying a companion animal, please note that it is against the law to sell or give away a cat or dog that has not been microchipped (even if it is less than 12 weeks of age).

Animal registration

Step 1.Microchip your animal

In NSW cats and dogs must be identifiable by microchip by 12 weeks of age. Microchipping your animal is the first step in the registration process.

When an animal is microchipped its identification details are entered onto the NSW Pet Registry. A certificate is issued to the owner receipting the entry of their animal's details.

Microchips are about the same size as a large grain of rice. They are very safe. Your pet will feel little pain as the chip is inserted quickly and safely under the skin between the shoulders.

When the chip is scanned, a number displayed on the scanner will be used to identify your cat or dog.

Microchipping can be arranged through your local vet, animal welfare organisation or at the Animal Holding Facility

Step 2.Register your animal 

Once you have microchipped your animal, you then need to lifetime register it by 6 months of age. This can be done online via a self-service system on the NSW Pet Registry website. Infringements may be issued to owners of animals whose animal is older than 6 months of age and is not registered.
 
The microchip paperwork will be entered into the NSW Pet Registry and you will be sent a certificate of identification in the mail. You must then log in to the NSW Pet Registry website, make a profile and claim your pet by searching for the microchip number. Please check all details are correct as this is the only link back to you should your pet ever go missing.

If you change phone numbers or address, or if the pet dies or goes missing please update your pet’s microchip details via the NSW Pet Registry.

In NSW it is a requirement under the Companion Animals Act 1998 to register your cat or dog by 6 months of age. Registration fee’s help finance support services for pet owners, such as Council animal services, including dog parks and amenities, ranger services, free events, research and education programs.

Costs

This payment covers the life of your animal in NSW

  • Lifetime registration fee – desexed dog (by 6 months of age) - $60.00

  • Lifetime registration fee - entire dog or desexed dog (after relevant age) - $216.00

  • Lifetime Registration fee - Pensioner desexed cat or dog only - $26.00

  • Lifetime registration fee - desexed dog adopted from the AHF - $30.00

  • Lifetime registration fee - desexed cat adopted from the AHF - $25.00

  • Lifetime registration fee – Entire dog kept by recognised breeder - $60.00

  • Lifetime registration fee - Entire cat kept by recognised breeder - $50.00

  • Lifetime registration fee - desexed and not desexed cat - $50.00

  • Annual Lifetime registration fee - permit - not desexed cat - $80.00 

  • Lifetime registration fees - dog not desexed (not recommended) - $60.00

  • Lifetime registration fees - cat not desexed (not recommended) - $50.00

  • Lifetime Registration fees - Assistance Animal - $0

  • Lifetime Registration fees - Working Dog - $0

  • Lifetime Registation fees - dog - service of the state - $0

  • Annual Permit Fee - restricted or dangerous dog breed - $195.00

  • Annual Permit Late Fee - $17.00

 The Companion Animals Regulation sets registration fees. We can not alter these.

When you register your animal, you will need to provide your animals identification papers. You will need to provide:

  • Proof to show that your animal is desexed or permanently incapable of reproduction

  • Any documents which entitle you to a discount eg. Pensioners card, breeders card.

Payment options:

  1. Pay in person at any Council in NSW, the RSPCA or our Animal Holding Facility located at 415 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown.

  2. Pay by money order or cheque through the mail to any Council in NSW.

  3. Pay using a credit card authority form(PDF, 390KB). The authority can be forwarded to the customer for completion via email, mail or fax. 

  4. We are unable to receive credit card payments for lifetime registration over the phone.

Note for cat owners

  • If your cat was born, sold or given away after July 1999, it must be microchipped and lifetime registered through a local Council.

  • If you owned your cat before July 1999, you must identify your cat with a collar and tag or microchip. You do not have to register the cat.

 

Annual Permits

Introduction of annual permits for non-desexed cats and dangerous/restricted dogs

The NSW Government is introducing annual permits for non-desexed cats and restricted and dangerous dogs as part of its commitment to promoting responsible pet ownership and improving animal welfare standards.

From 1 July 2020 owners of cats not desexed by four months of age will be required to pay an $80 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.

This will create a stronger incentive to desex cats, which in turn will improve their health and well being, including reducing the risk of some cancers.

Improving desexing rates will also ease the burden on pounds and shelters, reduce euthanasia rates, and help to address concerns about feral, stray and roaming cats and their effect on wildlife.

Exemptions are in place for cats that are registered by 1 July 2020, those kept for breeding purposes by members of recognised breeding bodies, and cats which cannot be de-sexed for medical reasons.

From 1 July 2020 owners of dogs of a restricted breed or formally declared to be dangerous will be required to pay a $195 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.

This will serve as a further disincentive to owning high-risk dogs and encourage owners to better manage the behaviour of their animal.

From 1 July 2020, pet owners will be able to pay for annual permits using the NSW Pet Registry website or through their local council.

Anyone registering a cat on the NSW Pet Registry will be informed that they must pay for an $80 annual permit if their animal is not desexed by four months of age.

Annual permit fees will go directly to the Companion Animals Fund which pays for companion animal management by local councils including pounds/shelters, ranger services, dog recreation areas, and education and awareness programs.

The fund is also used to operate the NSW Pet Registry and carry out responsible pet ownership initiatives.

If you require any further information or assistance, please contact the NSW Pet Registry at pets@olg.nsw.gov.au and 1300 134 460.

 

Exemptions

The only allowable registration exemptions are provided for in Section 17 of the Companion Animals Regulation:

  1. A cat born before 1 July 1999, other than a cat whose ownership changes after that date,

  2. An animal that is ordinarily kept outside New South Wales, but not when the animal has been in New South Wales for a continuous period of at least 3 months.

  3. An animal in the custody of a Council pound, the Animal Welfare League, Cat Protection Society, RSPCA or any other organisation approved by the Director General by order published in the Gazette,

  4. An animal kept at a pet shop for the purposes of sale,

  5. An animal kept for the purposes of sale in the course of a business conducted at a booth or stall in a market or at affair,

  6. A greyhound registered under the Greyhound Racing Authority Act 1985,

  7. A dog that is ordinarily used by a police officer on official duty,

  8. An animal in the custody of an accredited research establishment within the meaning of the Animal Research Act 1985, or the holder of an animal research authority or an animal supplier's licence within the meaning of that Act,

  9. An animal kept at a licensed animal display establishment within the meaning of the Exhibited Animals Protection Act 1986 and lawfully exhibited in accordance with that Act.

Animals covered under these exemptions are not required to be identified or registered.

Any animal which is seized and taken into the custody of a Council pound or animal shelter must be microchipped and lifetime registered before being returned to its original owner. This requirement overrides any exemptions. 

Fines

There are on the spot fines and court imposed penalties for not registering your cat or dog by the age of 6 months.

The fines and penalties are significantly increased for failing to register a dangerous, menacing or restricted breed of dog. Click here to view more information on the cost of the fines and penalties

 

1.Overview

The Companion Animals Act requires cats and dogs to be identified by microchip by the age of 12 weeks and lifetime registered by the age of 6 months. The permanent identification and lifetime registration system greatly assists authorities in returning lost and injured animals to their owners.

If you are buying a companion animal, please note that it is against the law to sell or give away a cat or dog that has not been microchipped (even if it is less than 12 weeks of age).

The Office of Local Government issue fines on the spot and court imposed penalties for not registering your cat or dog by the age of 6 months. The fines and penalties are significantly increased for failing to register a dangerous, menacing or restricted breed of dog.  

2.Registering your animal

Step 1: microchip your animal

In NSW cats and dogs must be identifiable by microchip by 12 weeks of age. Microchipping your animal is the first step in the registration process.

When an animal is microchipped its identification details are entered onto the NSW Pet Registry. A certificate is issued to the owner receipting the entry of their animal's details.

Microchips are about the same size as a large grain of rice. They are very safe. Your pet will feel little pain as the chip is inserted quickly and safely under the skin between the shoulders.

When the chip is scanned, a number displayed on the scanner will be used to identify your cat or dog.

Microchipping can be arranged through your local vet, animal welfare organisation or at Council's Animal Holding Facility

Step 2: register your animal

Once you have microchipped your animal, you then need to lifetime register it by 6 months of age. This can be done online via a self-service system on the NSW Pet Registry website. Infringements may be issued to owners of animals whose animal is older than 6 months of age and is not registered.
 
The microchip paperwork will be entered into the NSW Pet Registry and you will be sent a certificate of identification in the mail. You must then log in to the NSW Pet Registry website, make a profile and claim your pet by searching for the microchip number. Please check all details are correct as this is the only link back to you should your pet ever go missing.

If you change phone numbers or address, or if the pet dies or goes missing please update your pet’s microchip details via the NSW Pet Registry.

NOTE: In NSW it is a requirement under the Companion Animals Act 1998 to register your cat or dog by 6 months of age. Registration fee’s help finance support services for pet owners, such as Council animal services, including dog parks and amenities, ranger services, free events, research and education programs.

3.Registration costs 

This is a once only payment and covers the life of your animal.
  • Desexed cat or dog: $57.00
  • Non-desexed cat or dog: $207.00
  • Breeder concession: $57.00
  • Pensioner concession desexed animal only: $24.00
  • Desexed cat or dog from the Animal Holding Facility: $28.50
  • Assistance Animal: $nil
  • Working Dog: $nil
  • The Companion Animals Regulation sets registration fees. We can not alter these.
 
When you register your animal, you will need to provide your animals identification papers. You will need to provide:
  • Proof to show that your animal is desexed or permanently incapable of reproduction
  • Any documents which entitle you to a discount eg. Pensioners card, breeders card.

 

Payment options:

  1. Pay in person at any Council in NSW, the RSPCA or our Animal Holding Facility located at 415 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown.
  2. Pay by money order or cheque through the mail to any Council in NSW.
  3. Pay through Blacktown City Council using a credit card authority form(PDF, 390KB). The authority can be forwarded to the customer for completion via email, mail or fax. 
    NOTE: Blacktown City Council is unable to receive credit card payments for lifetime registration over the phone.
 

4.Registration Exemptions

The only allowable registration exemptions are provided for in Section 17 of the Companion Animals Regulation:
  • A cat born before 1 July 1999, other than a cat whose ownership changes after that date
  • An animal that is ordinarily kept outside New South Wales, but not when the animal has been in New South Wales for a continuous period of at least 3 month
  • An animal in the custody of a Council pound, the Animal Welfare League, Cat Protection Society, RSPCA or any other organisation approved by the Director General by order published in the Gazette
  • An animal kept at a pet shop for the purposes of sale
  • An animal kept for the purposes of sale in the course of a business conducted at a booth or stall in a market or at affair
  • A greyhound registered under the Greyhound Racing Authority Act 1985
  • A dog that is ordinarily used by a police officer on official duty
  • An animal in the custody of an accredited research establishment within the meaning of the Animal Research Act 1985, or the holder of an animal research authority or an animal supplier's licence within the meaning of that Act
  • An animal kept at a licensed animal display establishment within the meaning of the Exhibited Animals Protection Act 1986 and lawfully exhibited in accordance with that Act.
Animals covered under these exemptions are not required to be identified or registered.

Any animal which is seized and taken into the custody of a Council pound or animal shelter must be microchipped and lifetime registered before being returned to its original owner. This requirement overrides any exemptions. 

5.Change of Details

As a Companion Animal owner, you have a responsibility to ensure that the information on the NSW Companion Animals Register is up to date and correct.

You can correct or update any information on your animal’s microchip by logging onto the NSW Pet Registry website, claiming your pet’s microchip and amending the details. You can also submit a transfer of ownership notice, deceased or missing animal notice online via the registry. Alternatively you can contact any local Council. You may need to provide your request in writing before Council can amend the animals record.

The owner of an identified companion animal (whether or not it is registered) must notify the Register when any of the following events occur. Failure to notify the Register may result in a penalty. In addition, as long as you are the recorded owner of the animal, you may be liable for any penalties or expenses incurred if the animal attacks someone or damages somebody else's property.

Local Council's may not charge a fee for changing information on the NSW Pet Registry. Council will provide the owner of the animal a new Certificate once the changes have been processed.

Below are the forms used for submitting microchip information changes to Council. We encourage dog and cat owners to use the online platform to make these changes online.