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.


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.


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.

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 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, select "Register" and follow the on-screen instructions to create a profile.

  2. If you've already created a profile, go to, 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: 15 Aug 2021