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Companion Animal Control

Microchipping & Lifetime Registration

Under the NSW Companion Animals Act 1998, all dogs and cats which are born or who change owners after the 1 July 1999 will need to be microchipped and registered. The exemption being, if you already owned your cat at this date it is not compulsory.


  • Animals are to be microchipped by 12 weeks of age Lifetime Registration by the time the animal is six months of age.
  • Microchipping is carried out by a vet or any authorised implanter, and is painless. It is about the size of a grain of rice and is usually placed between the shoulders – it is similar to them receiving immunisation injections.
  • Microchipping enables vets and other animal workers to reunite pets with their owners. There is a bar code on the microchip that is implanted by your vet that will have all of the information you supplied at the time.

NOTE: for this reason it is very important that should your details change at any time, you contact your local council and advise them so amendments can be made to your pets' details.

Lifetime Registration

Lifetime Registration takes place after you have your dog microchipped and it is paid at our local Council. As the name suggests, this is a "one off" payment unlike the old annual tag system previous to 1999.

Registration makes sure your pet is provided with all the protection and regulation that the Companion Animals Act and Council can provide. The Act provides Council with a range of powers and responsibilities to ensure companion animals and their owners coexist with other members of the community who chose not to own cats or dogs.

You will need to have the animal microchipped PRIOR to registration and bring with you any necessary documentation such as microchip details, sterilisation certificate, breeder's card or pension card. Please note that microchipping is not registration.


The fees for 2018/2019 are:

Registration Type


Animal not desexed


Desexed animal


Animal not desexed under 6 months of age*


Animal not desexed kept by a recognised breeder for breeding purposes


Desexed animal owned by eligible pensioner


Desexed animal sold by eligible pound or shelter


Working dog


Cat born prior to 1 July 1999 where ownership has not changed (when the Companion Animals Act 1998 came into effect)


Assistance Animal


Dog in the service of the State, for example a police dog


Greyhound currently registered under the Greyhound Racing Act 2009


*  Enable pet owners intending to have their cat or dog desexed to access the discounted registration fee.  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 apply.

** An eligible pensioner includes a person in receipt of the aged pension, war widow pension or disability pension.  If you are unsure whether you are an eligible pensioner, please contact your local council.

NOTE: Exemptions exist for trained assistance animals such as seeing eye or hearing dogs and farm working dogs. Greyhounds which are registered with the Greyhound Control Board are covered by separate  registration for this period.

Contact details

Development Services

02 69722266 (ph)

02 69722145 (fax)