Microchipping and Registration

 

Companion Animal Lifetime Registration fees increase annually in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase. These fees are set by the NSW Office of Local Government and are applicable to all Council's in NSW.

NOTE: Registration of a Companion Animal can be paid to ANY Council in NSW or online at NSW Pet Registry.

 

The current fees for the 2020/2021 financial year are:

Dogs

  • Desexed Dog: $60
  • Desexed Dog purchased from an eligible Pound or Shelter: $30
  • Desexed animal owned by an eligible Pensioner: $26
  • Recognised Breeder: $60
  • Non-Desexed Dog: $216
  • Non-desexed Dog (Not Recommended) - $60 (a certificate is required from a veterinary practitioner stating that desexing the animal at any time of its life would constitute a serious health risk to the animal)
  • Non-desexed Dog (Under 6 Months) - $60 (a certificate is required from a veterinary practitioner advising that the animal should not be desexed until it reaches the age specified)

Cats

  • Desexed Cat: $50
  • Desexed Cat purchased from an eligible Pound or Shelter: $25
  • Desexed animal owned by an eligible Pensioner: $26
  • Recognised Breeder: $50
  • Non-Desexed Cat: $206

 

Annual Permits are required for Non-desexed Cats, Dangerous and Restricted Dogs. For further information please refer to our Annual Permit page.

 

Animals Exempt from Registration:

Working dogs, assistance animals (i.e. Guide Dogs, Service Dogs) and registered racing Greyhound are $Nil.

In order to register a Working Dog, Council requires either a copy of your Primary Producers Declaration OR you can complete a Statutory Declaration Form stating the animal is a Working Dog or a Working Dog in training.

 

Please note that these fees are set by the NSW Office of Local Government, and apply to all Councils in NSW.

 

 

It is a legal requirement under the Companion Animals Act 1998  that all cats and dogs be microchipped and registered.

An animal cannot be identified or registered in the name of a person under the age of 18.

Below are Exerts from the Act.

NOTE: One penalty unit = $110

 

Microchipping

Section 8 - Identification required from 12 weeks of age and before sale

(1)  A companion animal must be identified as required by the regulations from the time the animal is 12 weeks old.

(2)  A companion animal must not be sold unless it has been identified as required by the regulations (even if it is less than 12 weeks old when it is sold).

(3)  The owner of an animal is guilty of an offence if it is not identified in accordance with subsection (1).

Maximum penalty:

(a)  8 penalty units except in the case of a dangerous, menacing or restricted dog, or

(b)  50 penalty units in the case of a dangerous, menacing or restricted dog.

(4)  A person who sells an animal in contravention of subsection (2) is guilty of an offence.

Maximum penalty:

(a)  8 penalty units except in the case of a dangerous, menacing or restricted dog, or

(b)  50 penalty units in the case of a dangerous, menacing or restricted dog.

(5)  The regulations may change the age from which a companion animal is required to be identified under subsection (1) from 12 weeks to any other age (either generally for all companion animals or for a particular kind or class of companion animal).

Note: The term “sell” extends to the transfer of ownership by any means, including by gift. This section requires an animal to be identified before it is sold no matter what the age of the animal when it is sold.

 

Registration

Section 9 - Registration required from age 6 months

(1)  A companion animal must be registered under this Act from the time the animal is 6 months old. The owner of the animal is guilty of an offence if it is not registered.

Maximum penalty:

(a)  50 penalty units except in the case of a dangerous, menacing or restricted dog, or

(b)  60 penalty units in the case of a dangerous, menacing or restricted dog.

Note: The regulations may provide for exceptions to this section. An owner does not have to wait until an animal is 6 months old to register it. An animal of any age can be registered.

(2)  The regulations may change the age from which a companion animal is required to be registered under this section from 6 months to any other age, either generally for all companion animals or for a particular kind or class of companion animal.

(3)  A person is taken to commit a separate offence under this section on every day the companion animal remains unregistered. However, a person:

(a)  may not be convicted for the commission of more than one offence in relation to the failure to register a companion animal during any single calendar month, and

(b)  may be convicted only once in relation to any failure to register a companion animal that occurred before that failure came to the notice of the council of the area in which the animal is ordinarily kept.

Note: This subsection does not limit the number of times a person may be prosecuted under section 10B (Notice requiring companion animal to be registered).