Registering your pets

Having your cat or dog microchipped and registered helps Council return your pet to you if it is lost.

Registering your cat or dog in NSW is a two-step process. The first step involves ensuring that your cat or dog is microchipped by 12 weeks of age or before being sold or given away.

The second step involves lifetime registering your cat or dog with a local council before it is six months of age. This enables you to have your cat or dog desexed before registration, so that you can pay the lower lifetime registration. If you have any questions about microchipping and the registration process please refer to the flyer below or contact Council on 1300 864 444. 

2019/20 Lifetime Registration Fees 

(fees increase with CPI from 1 July each year)


Desexed dog/cat
(sterilisation certificate or statutory declaration required)
Desexed dog/cat owned by Pensioner
(sterilisation certificate or statutory declaration & current pensioner concession card required)
Non-desexed dog/cat $210
Non-desexed dog/cat - Not Recommended
(requires written notification from a vet that it should not be desexed)
Non-desexed dog/cat - Recognised Breeder
(requires proof of current membership of Dogs NSW, NSW Cat Fanciers Assoc, Waratah State Cat Alliance or any other body approved by the Chief Executive and documentation verifying the dog/cat is of a breed accepted by the recognised breeder body, and a signed statement from the member that the animal is to be kept for breeding purposes)
Pound/Shelter animal 50% discount (desexed) $29
Recognised Assistance Animal (requires a statement from a recognised assistance animal organisation eg NSW Guide Dog Association that the animal is trained, or is being trained, as an assistance animal and is used as an assistance animal) Free
Working Dog (requires assessment by Council's rangers that the dog is primarily used for droving, tending, working or protecting of stock) Free

Retired Greyhounds are required to be microchipped and registered as a companion animal. Refer to applicable fees above. 


All dogs must have a collar around their neck and there must be a name tag that shows the name of the dog and address or telephone number of the owner of the dog.

All cats must either wear a collar around their neck with tag identifying name of cat and address or telephone number of owner of cat or a microchip.

These only apply whilst the animal is not on the property of which the owner is the occupier.

Further information

Council's Planning and Environmental Health Division, Ph 1300 864 444.

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