All dogs and cats (unless exempt) must be microchipped from 12 weeks of age and lifetime registered from 6 months of age.
Discounted registration fees apply to cats that are de-sexed by four months of age and dogs that are de-sexed by six months of age.
A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is inserted under your pet's skin between their shoulders. If your pet gets lost and is found, the microchip can be scanned and the unique identification number can be matched to your contact details. You can keep your contact details up-to-date on the NSW pet register.
All cats and dogs in NSW, other than exempt cats and dogs, must be microchipped by 12 weeks of age, or before being sold or given away, whichever happens first. Penalties may apply for failing to microchip your pet.
Your local vet can microchip your pet and give you a certificate of identification that has their microchip number on it.
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. To see a full list of fees and charges for registering your pet head to the Pet Registry NSW website.
Discounted registration fees apply to cats that are de-sexed by four months of age and dogs that are de-sexed by six months of age. Having your cat or dog de-sexed prior to registration helps to reduce straying, fighting and aggression and antisocial behaviour, such as spraying to mark territory. It also helps to reduce the number of unwanted pets born each year.
Registration fees are used by Council to provide animal management related services to the community.