Registration and microchipping pets
All dog and cat owners must 'lifetime register' their pets
You must take two steps to lifetime register your pet: microchipping and registration. These two steps will help return your pet to you if it is lost, hurt or stolen.
Council recommends desexing of all companion animals. If your pet is desexed and you can provide proof, you will pay a reduced registration fee.
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
- 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.
- If you've already created a profile, go to www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au, log in to your profile, and select "My Pets".
- Select "Pay Online Due" for the relevant pet.
- 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.
- 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 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 here:
The once-only registration fees, as set by the Companion Animals Act 1998, are listed below. These fees are effective from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.
|Class of pet
|Desexed animal (owned by a pensioner)
|Desexed animal purchased from eligible pound/shelter #
|Non-desexed animal under 6 months ^
|Non-desexed animal (owned by a registered breeder for breeding purposes)
# The following conditions must be met:
- The dog or cat MUST have been purchased from a NSW Council
Pound/Shelter, Animal Welfare League, RSPCA or the Cat Protection
- Proof of desexing MUST be provided at time of registration – proof may include:
- a letter, certificate or clear receipt from a vet or
- a statutory declaration from the owner that the animal has been desexed.
- Proof that the dog or cat was sold or transferred for rehoming from
an eligible pound or welfare organisation MUST be provided – proof may
- A receipt of purchase/transfer containing the animal's microchip number, or
- The animal's record on the NSW Companion Animals Register (CAR) has been flagged as eligible for the discount, or
- The animal's certificate of identification is marked (on the 2nd
page) with text notifying the animal's eligibility for the discount
^ The pet must be desexed and the Pet Registry updated before the pet
reaches 6 months of age. If desexing does not occur, then the
additional fee of $150 applies. Where the pet is not desexed or the
additional fee not paid, the registration is cancelled and penalties may
For detailed information about microchipping and registration visit the Office of Local Government website.