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Registration

All dogs and cats in NSW need to be lifetime registered when 6 months old or over. 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.

Do it on line at NSW Pet Registry

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 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

Annual permits are now required for owners of:

  • non de-sexed cats
  • restricted dog breeds
  • dogs declared to be dangerous.

Registration Fees (from 1 July 2020)

Evidence of de-sexing, pensioner eligibility, and approved breeder status must be provided for the required registration types. For assistance animals a statement from a recognised assistance animal training organisation (e.g. NSW Guide Dog Association) that the animal is trained or is being trained as an assistance animal is required. For working dog's a statutory declaration is required which may involve a Council Ranger inspection to confirm the dog's status. 

 Registration Type Registration Description Species Fee
Dog - de-sexed (by relevant age) Registration fee for a dog de-sexed by 6 months of age Dog $60
Dog - de-sexed (by relevant age - pensioner discount) Dog owned by an eligible pensioner and de-sexed by 6 months of age Dog $26
Dog - de-sexed (sold by pound or shelter) De-sexed dog sold by an eligible pound or shelter Dog $30
Dog - not de-sexed or de-sexed after required age Combined registration fee and additional fee for a dog not de-sexed by the required 6 months of age Dog $216
Dog - not de-sexed (not recommended by vet) Dog with written advice from a vet that it should not be de-sexed Dog $60
Dog - not de-sexed (recognised breeder) Dog not de-sexed and kept by a recognised breeder for breeding purposes Dog $60
Dog - working Working dog Dog $0
Dog - service of the State Dog in the service of the State for eg. Police Dog Dog $0
Assistance Animal  Animal under 6 months of age training to be an assistance animal for eg. Guide Dog  Dog $0
Cat  De-sexed or not de-sexed cat Cat $50
Cat - (pensioner discount) De-sexed cat owned by an eligible pensioner Cat $26
Cat - De-sexed (sold by pound or shelter) De-sexed cat sold by an eligible pound/shelter Cat $25
Cat - not de-sexed (not recommended by vet) Cat with written vet advice that it should not be de-sexed Cat $50
Cat - not de-sexed (recognised breeder) Cat not de-sexed and kept by a recognised breeder for breeding purposes Cat $50

Annual Permit Fees (from 1 July 2020)

* A late fee of $17 applies if a permit is not paid for by 28 days after the permit took effect.

Permit Type Permit Description Fee

Fee (incl. late fee)*

Un de-sexed cat Cat not de-sexed by 4 months of age $80 $97
Dangerous dog Dog declared to be dangerous $195 $212
Restricted dog Dog declared to be a restricted breed or restricted by birth $195 $212

This page was last updated on: 07 October 2020