The NSW Pet Registry

New annual permits from 1 July 2020

The NSW Government introduced annual permits for non-desexed cats and restricted and dangerous dogs as part of its commitment to promoting responsible pet ownership and improving animal welfare standards.

Cats

From 1 July 2020 owners of cats not desexed by 4 months of age will be required to pay an $81 annual permit in addition to their once-off lifetime registration fee which is due by 6 months of age.

In December 2020 the Office of Local Government confirmed that if a cat was desexed by 1 July 2020 no permit is required for it, irrespective of when it is registered. Pet owners must have evidence to prove that desexing occurred before this date to qualify for this exception.

Dogs

From 1 July 2020 owners of dogs of a restricted breed or formally declared to be dangerous will be required to pay a $197 annual permit in addition to their once-off lifetime registration fee which is due by 6 months of age.

How to pay for a permit

Pet owners will be able to pay for annual permits via the NSW Pet Registry website or through their local council. If you would like assistance with this process click here to lodge a Council request online.

For more information visit the Office of Local Government website.

View the annual permits FAQs here.

 

Other important changes for dog owners

By law, lifetime registration for dogs is due by 6 months of age. Desex your dog before this time and you may be eligible for discounted fees at the time of registration. Owners who fail to register their dog by 6 months of age, regardless of desexed status, may incur a higher registration fee - currently $224.00 as of 1 July 2021 - and may also be required to pay a late fee of $18.

Lifetime registration fees

The once-only registration fees, as set by the Companion Animals Act 1998, are listed below. These fees are effective from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.

Class of pet Fee
Dog desexed (by relevant age of 6 months)* $66.00
Dog desexed (by relevant age of 6 months + eligible pensioner)* $27.00
Dog desexed (purchased from an eligible Council pound/shelter or an approved rehoming organisation)** $0
Dog not desexed or desexed (after relevant age of 6 months)  $224.00
Dog not desexed (not recommended)# $66.00
Dog not desexed (recognised breeder)~ $66.00
Dog (working) $0
Dog (service of the state) $0
Assistance animal^^ $0
Cat desexed or not desexed* $56.00
Cat desexed (eligible pensioner)* $27.00
Cat desexed (purchased from an eligible Council pound/shelter or an approved rehoming organisation)** $0
Cat not desexed (not recommended)# $56.00
Cat not desexed (recognised breeder)~ $56.00
Late fee (if registration fee has not been paid 28 days after the date on which the animal is required to be registered) $18.00

Step 1: Microchip your pet

Vets, animal welfare organisations and other authorised people can microchip your cat or dog.

A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and contains a unique 15 digit identification number that is quickly implanted under your pet's skin, between the shoulders. In the event a pet is lost or stolen, the microchip can be scanned when they are found.

The information on the microchip can be used to reunite lost pets with their owners so remember to keep your contact details up-to-date!

Step 2: Register your pet

There are two ways to register your pet:

Online through the NSW Pet Registry website

  1. To register your pet online, you must first create a profile on the NSW Pet Registry website. Visit www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au, select "Register" and follow the on-screen instructions to create a profile.
  2. If you've already created a profile, go to petregistry.nsw.gov.au, log in to your profile, and select "My Pets".
  3. Select "Pay Online Due" for the relevant pet.
  4. Check the details are correct, and select "Pay Now" to continue.
    Note: If your pet has been desexed but is appearing on the website as not being desexed, please contact Council for assistance.
  5. Follow the on screen instructions until your payment is finalised. A receipt will be shown on screen, where you can print it or request to receive a copy by email.
  6. For a detailed step-by-step guide to using the NSW Pet Registry website, see their user guide.

In person at any local council

When you register your pet in person you will need:

  • A certificate of microchipping or a letter from your vet
  • Proof of desexing from your vet or a statutory declaration; the Companion Animal Legislation encourages responsible pet ownership, part of which includes desexing your pet
  • Any documents which entitle you to a discount such as a pensioner concession card, veterans card, registered breeder membership card

A copy of the Lifetime Registration Application Form is available on this page

Annual permits from 1 July 2020

From 1 July 2020 the NSW Government will introduce annual permits for owners of non-desexed cats and dangerous and restricted dogs.

These changes have been created to improve health and wellbeing of pets and to encourage owners in better management of their pets.

Payment for annual permits can be made through the NSW Pet Registry website or through any local council.

Owners of non-desexed cats

Owners of cats that are not desexed by four months of age will be required to pay an $81 annual permit in addition to the once-off lifetime pet registration fee.

This will create a stronger incentive to desex cats, improve health and wellbeing of pets, lower demand on pounds, reduce euthanasia rates, and help to address concerns about feral, stray and roaming cats.

Exemptions will be in place for cats that are registered by 1 July 2020 and for cats kept for breeding purposes by members of recognised breeding bodies.

Owners of dangerous dogs and restricted dogs

Owners of dogs of a restricted breed or declared to be dangerous will be required to pay a $197 annual permit in addition to their once-off lifetime pet registration fee.

This will serve as a further disincentive to owning these dogs and encourage owners to better manage the behaviour of their animal.

For more information visit the Office of Local Government Website.

Selling or giving away a cat or dog? The rules have changed.

From 1 July 2019, people advertising kittens, cats, puppies or dogs for sale or to give away in NSW will need to include an identification number in advertisements. The identification number can be either:

  • a microchip number
  • a breeder identification number, OR
  • a rehoming organisation number.

The rules will apply to all advertisements, including those in newspapers, local posters, community notice boards and all forms of online advertising, including public advertisements on websites such as the Trading Post, Gumtree and social media sites.

For more information visit the Department of Primary Industries website.

For detailed information about microchipping  and registration visit the Office of Local Government website

* Proof of desexing MUST be provided at time of registration - proof may include:

  1. A letter, certificate or clear receipt from a vet, or
  2. A statutory declaration from the owner that the animal has been desexed

** Proof an animal was purchased from a Council pound/shelter or an approved rehoming organisation MUST include:

  1. A receipt of purchase/transfer containing the animal's microchip number or,
  2. The animal's record on the NSW Companion Animals Register (CAR) has been flagged as eligible for the discount, or
  3. The animal's certificate of identification is marked (on the 2nd page) with text notifying the animal's eligibility for the discount

An approved rehoming organisation includes Animal Welfare League, RSPCA, the Cat Protection Society or any other organisation that is designated as a rehoming organisation by the OLG under section 88B.

View the current list of approved rehoming organisations here.

# Proof a cat or dog is not recommended to be desexed MUST be provided in writing by a veterinary practitioner, specifying that:

  1. A cat or dog should not be desexed at any time of its life as it would constitute a serious health risk to the cat or dog, or
  2. A cat or dog should not be desexed until it reaches the age specified by the vet (up to 18 months of age). If the cat or dog is not desexed by the age specified by the vet, additional fees or penalties will apply

~ Proof of Recognised Breeder MUST include:

  1. Proof of current membership as a breeder member of a recognised breeder body defined under clause 3(1) of the Regulation; and
  2. Documentation verifying that the cat or dog is of a breed accepted by the recognised breeder body; and
  3. A signed statement by the member that the cat or dog is to be kept for breeding purposes

A recognised breeder body as of 30 June 2020 includes:

  1. Dogs NSW (Royal NSW Canine Council)
  2. NSW Cat Fanciers Association
  3. Australian National Cats Inc. (previously the Waratah State Cat Alliance)
  4. Master Dog Breeders and Associates
  5. Mini Foxie Club of Australia Inc.
  6. Cats NSW Incorporated

^^ Proof an animal is an assistance animal MUST include:

  1. A valid Assistance Animal Permit issued by Transport NSW, or
  2. A valid Assistance Animal accreditation issued by Australian Lions Hearing Dogs, or Guide Dogs Australia, or Mind Dogs Australia, or Vision Australia Seeing Eye Dogs, or
  3. A medical certificate stating the person ha a disability within the meaning of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, and
  4. A written report/assessment from an Australian training organisation recognised by Assistance Dogs International that the animal has been trained to alleviate the effect of the disability, and
  5. A written report/assessment from an Australian training organisation recognised by Assistance Dogs International that the animal has been trained to meet standards of hygiene and behaviour that are appropriate for an animal in a public place

The new and improved NSW Pet Registry

The release of the new Registry is an important step towards ongoing upgrades to improve the management of dogs and cats in New South Wales.

Easier to use

  • Now even easier to create an online profile and register your pet
  • Easy payment of lifetime registration fees online

Buyer search function

  • Prospective pet owners can access info about a cat or dog before buying

I.D. Photo

  • Upload a photo of your beloved pet in case they become lost

YOU can help reunite lost pets with their owners!

  • If you find a lost pet you will be able to send the owner a secure message and arrange for its return home

Benefits for breeders

  • Easier for breeders to add litters to their online pet profile

 

 

NSW Pet Registry website

 

Pet owners can now access the new NSW Pet Registry website at www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au to update their contact details, report a missing pet, change a pet's ownership information and make a payment for 'lifetime registration'.

The NSW Pet Registry is an online database of microchipped and lifetime registered dogs and cats that live in NSW. All pets previously listed in the NSW Companion Animals Register and now available through the NSW Pet Registry.

Accessing the Registry begins with creating your online profile, which you can then use to link the pets that you own. To link a pet to your profile you'll need to know your pet's microchip number and the contact number for the listed owner. If your pet is listed on the Companion Animals Register, you can refer to your pet's certificate of identification/registration for these details.

 

How to pay lifetime registration for your pet online

  1. To register your pet online, you must first create a profile on the NSW Pet Registry website. Visit www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au, select "Register" and follow the on-screen instructions to create a profile.

  2. If you've already created a profile, go to www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au, log in to your profile, and select "My Pets".

  3. Select "Pay Online Due" for the relevant pet.

  4. Check the details are correct and select "Pay Now" to continue.
    Note: If your pet has been desexed but is appearing on the website as not being desexed, please contact Council for assistance.

  5. Follow the on screen instructions until your payment is finalised. A receipt will be shown on screen, where you can print it or request to receive a copy by email.

 

For step-by-step details on using the NSW Pet Registry website see the web user guide

For more information visit the registration fees and microchipping section of our website

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Page last updated: 26 Jun 2022