All cats and dogs must be lifetime registered by the time they are six months old.
Registering animals (pdf)
The cost of lifetime registrations are:
|Registration Type ||Registration Description ||Species ||Registration Fee |
|Dog – Desexed (By relevant age) ||Registration fee for a dog desexed by six months of age ||Dog ||$66.00 |
|Dog - Desexed (by relevant age eligible pensioner) ||Dog owned by an eligible pensioner and desexed by six months of age. ||Dog ||$27.00 |
|Dog - Desexed (sold by pound/shelter) ||Desexed dog sold by an eligible pound/shelter ||Dog ||$0.00 |
|Dog - Not Desexed or Desexed (after relevant age) ||Combined registration fee and additional fee for a dog not desexed by six months of age ||Dog ||$224.00 |
|Dog - Not Desexed (not recommended) ||Dog with written notification from a vet that it should not be desexed ||Dog ||$66.00 |
|Dog - Not Desexed (recognised breeder) || |
Dog not desexed and kept by a recognised breeder for breeding purposes
|Dog ||$66.00 |
|Dog - Working ||Working Dog ||Dog ||$0.00 |
|Dog - Service of the State ||Dog in the service of the State, for example, a police dog ||Dog ||$0.00 |
|Assistance Animal ||Animal under 6 months of age training to be an assistance animal, for example, a guide dog ||Dog/Cat ||$0.00 |
|Cat - Desexed or Not Desexed ||Desexed or non-desexed cat ||Cat ||$56.00 |
|Cat - Eligible Pensioner ||Desexed cat owned by an eligible pensioner ||Cat ||$27.00 |
|Cat - Desexed (sold by pound/shelter) ||Desexed cat sold by an eligible pound/shelter ||Cat ||$0.00 |
|Cat - Not Desexed (not recommended) ||Cat with written notification from a vet that it should not be desexed ||Cat ||$56.00 |
|Cat - Not Desexed (recognised breeder) || |
Cat not desexed and kept by a recognised breeder for breeding purposes
|Cat ||$56.00 |
You may lifetime register your cat or dog online at the NSW Pet Registry or at any Council in NSW. You may also register your cat or dog at our local pound, the RSPCA .
Benefits of registration
Registration clearly identifies the animal as yours. If your pet becomes lost, Council will be able to notify you of your animal's whereabouts.
Registration fees are used to provide services such as:
- Straying dogs
- Dog attacks
- Public education about responsible pet ownership
- Maintenance of leash free areas
- Community microchipping days.
All cats and dogs must be permanently identified with a microchip either by:
- 12 weeks of age
- Point of sale
- Change of ownership, which ever occurs first.
If you are giving away your pet you MUST have it microchipped first.
Microchip fact sheet (pdf)
It is the responsibility of the current owner to transfer the microchip into the new owners name. It is important to remember that microchipping does not take the place of council registration - you must still register your pet at six months of age.
Although you do not have to have to have your cat or dog desexed, unless it is a restricted dog or a declared dangerous or menacing dog, there are benefits in doing so for you and your animal:
- A greatly reduced lifetime-registration fee applies for a cat or dog that has been desexed
- Your cat or dog is less likely to stray, be aggressive, fight or spray to mark its territory
- It helps reduce unwanted pets and pet overpopulation.
There is no scientific evidence to show that it is better to allow an animal to have one litter before being desexed.
Desexing before 6 months of age is recommended. If you cannot afford to have your cat or dog desexed, speak to your vet or an animal welfare organisation as they may be able to help. More information regarding the benefits of desexing your pet is made available by