All dogs and cats in NSW need to be lifetime registered when 6 months old or over. Prior to registration your pet must also be microchipped. From 1 July 2020 owners of cats that have not been de-sexed by four months of age and dogs declared dangerous or a restricted breed must also have an annual permit in addition to their life-time registration.
The following services are available on line at NSW Pet Registry:
- Register your pet
- Update your contact details
- Report your pet as missing
- Transfer ownership and pay most lifetime registration fees.
Register at Service NSW
NSW pet owners can register their animals and pay the once only lifetime registration fee over the counter at any Service NSW Centre, or online using their MyServiceNSW account.
Register at Council
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 de-sexing, if this applies to your animal, and any concession card should you be seeking a concession rate. Pensioner rates only apply to de-sexed animals.
Annual permits are now required in addition to registration for owners of:
- non de-sexed cats (if de-sexed after 4 months of age a permit is required for the first year)
- restricted dog breeds
- dogs declared to be dangerous.
Registration Fees (from 1 July 2021)
Evidence of de-sexing, pensioner eligibility, and approved breeder status must be provided for the required registration types. For assistance animals proof of disability, assistance animal training and public hygiene standards is required. For working dog's a statutory declaration is required which may involve a Council Ranger inspection to confirm the dog's status.
A late fee applies if registration is not paid within 28 days after animal is 6 months old or permit not obtained within 28 days of un-desexed cat being 4 months old.
||Registration with Late Fee
|Dog - Desexed (by relevant age)
||Dog desexed by 6 months of age
|Dog - Desexed (eligible pensioner)
||Desexed dog owned by eligible pensioner
|Dog - Desexed (sold by pound or shelter)
||Desexed dog sold by an eligible pound or shelter
|Dog - Not Desexed or Desexed after relevant age
||Combined registration fee and additional fee for a dog not desexed by six months of age
|Dog - Not Desexed (by recognised breeder)
||Dog not desexed and kept by a recognised breeder for breeding purposes
|Dog - Working / Service / Assistance
||Working dog, in service of the State or trained assistance animal
|Cat - Desexed or Not Desexed
||Desexed or non desexed cat
|Cat - Desexed (eligible pensioner)
||Desexed cat owned by an eligible pensioner
|Cat - Desexed (sold by pound or shelter)
||Desexed cat sold by an eligible pound or shelter
|Cat - Not Desexed (recognised breeder)
||Cat not desexed and kept by a recognised breeder for breeding purposes
Annual Permit Fees commence from 1 July 2021
Permit with Late Fee
||Cat not desexed by 4 months of age
||Dog declared to be dangerous
||Dog declared to be a restricted breed or restricted by birth
This page was last updated on: 30 June 2021