Microchipping can be done by your local vet and is a safe way of ensuring that your pet will be returned to you if it is found wandering or stray. All cats and dogs (other than exempt) must be microchipped by 12 weeks of age, or before being sold or given away.
Microchipping and lifetime registration applies to all cats and dogs which are born, or who change owners, after 1 July 1999. From this date your kitten or dog (but not your already owned cat) must be microchipped and registered. This form of registration is a one off payment and covers the entire life of the animal.
All dogs and cats need to be lifetime registered when 6 months old or over. All dogs and cats covered by the Companion Animal Act 1998 also need to be microchipped.
To register your dog or cat just call into Council's offices and bring with you your animal's certificate of identification, which you would have received when your pet was microchipped. You also need to bring with you proof of desexing, if this applies to your animal, and any concession card should you be seeking a pensioner rate. Pensioner rates only apply to desexed animals.
Register your pet online with NSW Pet Registry
You now have online access to the NSW Pet Registry to register your pet, update your contact details, report your pet missing, transfer ownership and pay most lifetime registration fees from your computer or mobile device. For more information go to the NSW Pet Registry website, including information on how to register.
- It's a requirement in NSW for all cats and dogs to be microchipped and placed on the NSW Pet Registry by the time they reach 12 weeks of age, or prior to sale, whichever comes first.
- The state-wide Register is an online database of microchips linked to owners' details. This means you can be contacted if your missing pet is found.
- Your privacy is strictly protected as only authorised people other than yourself can access the Registry, which is not linked to any other database.
You can still choose to register or update your pet's details through council; just visit your nearest council office and complete the necessary forms.
Buying, selling and trading Companion Animals
The State Government is changing the rules from July 1, 2019 that will affect the buying, selling or giving away of a cat or dog. Any advertisements will need to include either the microchip number, a breeder identification number or a rehoming organisation number. You can find out more about the changes here.
Prospective buyers can access important information about the animal and the breeder on the Pet Registry website.
Fees and Charges
To see a full list of fees and charges for registering your pet head to the
Office of Local Government website.
For more information contact Council's Customer Service on 02 6648 4000.
The NSW Government has created a learning tool to assist children in grade levels K-2 in responsible pet ownership and dog safety.
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