Your responsibilities as a pet owner include registering and microchipping your dog or cat, and making sure it isn’t a nuisance to your neighbours or other animals. You can also keep chickens in your yard as long as you follow our guidelines.
The Companion Animals Act sets out the rules for pet ownership in NSW. This includes the requirement for dogs and cats to be microchipped and registered.
Registering your pet can be done online or in person. Our step-by-step guide will provide you with the necessary information for registering and microchipping your pet.
As a dog owner, it is your responsibility to ensure:
If a dog attack occurs:
If there are medical or vet bills after a dog attack:
If you’ve lost a dog:
There’s no longer a requirement for greyhounds to be muzzled in public, but there are still some requirements for keeping greyhounds as pets. These include:
Greyhound owners may still muzzle their dog at their discretion if they feel it is needed.
Further information about greyhound ownership can be found on the Office of Local Government website.
You can report a barking dog or other dog issues to us and we will investigate the issue.
Statistics show that it’s safer for cats to be kept indoors. Keeping a cat indoors:
Outdoor enclosures are an alternative to keeping a cat indoors.
There’s no law prohibiting cats from roaming, but there may be consequences if your cat roams beyond your property or is considered a nuisance. The Companion Animals Act outlines what constitutes a nuisance cat and what you’re responsible for as a cat owner.
For cat owners:
If you find a cat, we suggest you:
If you would like to make a report regarding an issue with a cat, use our reporting cat issues form.
You can keep up to five hens (but no roosters) in most residential areas, and up to 10 chickens (including roosters) on larger non-residential properties. There are NSW government regulations regarding the type of enclosure you can have on your property for housing poultry.
You need to ensure your chickens:
NSW Environment Planning laws set out the requirements for chicken pens or hen houses. Some of these requirements include:
Requirements can vary depending on the residential zone or bushfire rating of the property, so be sure to refer to the legislation.
If your dog or cat has passed away, you’ll need to notify us within 28 days or within 24 hours (for restricted breeds or dogs declared dangerous) so that we can update our registration records. We’ll need documentary evidence from a vet, indicating that your animal has died.
There are several options for disposing of a deceased pet but please don’t place the animal in your domestic bin. These are:
If you find dead wildlife that isn’t someone’s pet, please contact JR Richards on 1300 787 223. They will dispose of the animal properly. If you find a dead animal that may be someone’s pet:
Our animal shelter keeps lost, stray and abandoned animals safe until their owners are found or they can be re-homed. We also find homes for abandoned animals through adoption.