All cats and dogs must be lifetime registered by the time they are six months old.
Registering animals (pdf)
The cost of lifetime registrations are:
- Desexed animal (owned by a pensioner with proof of sterilisation and pension entitlement) $25
- Desexed animal (proof of sterilisation required) $58
- For animal not desexed and owned by registered breeder (breeders prefix must be sighted and dog must be used for purposes of breeding) $58
- For an animal not desexed $210
- Desexed animal sold by eligible pound or shelter $29.
You may lifetime register your cat or dog online at the NSW Pet Registry or at any Council in NSW. You may also register your cat or dog at our local pound, the RSPCA .
Benefits of registration
Registration clearly identifies the animal as yours. If your pet becomes lost, Council will be able to notify you of your animal's whereabouts.
Registration fees are used to provide services such as:
- Straying dogs
- Dog attacks
- Public education about responsible pet ownership
- Maintenance of leash free areas
- Community microchipping days.
All cats and dogs must be permanently identified with a microchip either by:
- 12 weeks of age
- Point of sale
- Change of ownership, which ever occurs first.
If you are giving away your pet you MUST have it microchipped first.
Microchip fact sheet (pdf)
It is the responsibility of the current owner to transfer the microchip into the new owners name. It is important to remember that microchipping does not take the place of council registration - you must still register your pet at six months of age.
Although you do not have to have to have your cat or dog desexed, unless it is a restricted dog or a declared dangerous or menacing dog, there are benefits in doing so for you and your animal:
- A greatly reduced lifetime-registration fee applies for a cat or dog that has been desexed
- Your cat or dog is less likely to stray, be aggressive, fight or spray to mark its territory
- It helps reduce unwanted pets and pet overpopulation.
There is no scientific evidence to show that it is better to allow an animal to have one litter before being desexed.
Desexing before 6 months of age is recommended. If you cannot afford to have your cat or dog desexed, speak to your vet or an animal welfare organisation as they may be able to help. More information regarding the benefits of desexing your pet is made available by