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Registration of Dogs and Cats

Under the Companion Animals Act 1998, all owners of puppies and kittens must take three steps to provide lifetime protection for their pet. These 'three steps' will help return your pet to you if it is lost, hurt or stolen. Once microchipped, identified and registered, your pet is protected for life. You can Register your Pet Online here. Alternatively you can follow the steps below to register your animal at Council.

Step 1

Microchip your pet. 

Vets, animal welfare organisations and other authorised people can microchip your cat or dog

Step 2

Fill out a Permanent Identification form (PDF 633.9KB). Please identify your animal as soon as you are in possession of it. This will identify your pet in the NSW Companion Animal Register should anything happen to it before it has been lifetime registered.

There is no fee associated with this form.

Please Note: On the Permanent Identification form, microchipping details - questions 1 to 4, must be completed. If you are unable to obtain these details, you must take your animal to your local vet whom will need to scan the animal to verify its microchip.

Step 3

The next step is fill out a Lifetime Registry form (PDF 881.9KB) for your pet. Lifetime registration can be done at any local council. All NSW Councils are connected to the statewide Register.

All cats and dogs, other than exempt cats and dogs, must be registered by six months of age. The registration fee is a once-only payment, which covers the cat or dog for its lifetime in NSW, regardless of any changes in ownership.

You are encouraged to have your cat or dog desexed before registering it as discounted registration fees apply to desexed cats or dogs.

Please Note: If your animal is desexed please send in proof of this when registering by attaching your animals Desexing Certificate.

Registration Fees

  • Desexed cat or dog - $53.00
  • Desexed cat or dog owned by a pensioner - $22.00 (Please provide proof of status)
  • Undesexed cat or dog - $195.00
  • Cat or dog owned by a registered breeder - $53.00
  • Assistance dogs - Free of charge
  • Credit card payment will incur an additional surcharge