Identification and Registration

Dogs and cats must be registered by the time they are six months of age. Registering the animal will assist Council to return lost animals, which may be found unattended or that have strayed from their owner's property.

It is important to ensure the registration information for your animal is kept up to date. Any change of registration information, such as ownership details or the address where it is kept, must be made within 14 days of the change.

Cats and dogs can now be registered online at the NSW Pet Registry website.

Current lifetime registration fees are as follows:

Registration Type Current Fee
Animal - not desexed $210
Animal - desexed  $58
Animal - not desexed and kept by a recognised breeder for breeding purposes  $58
Animal - not desexed under 6 months of age* $58
Desexed animal owned by an eligible pensioner**  $25
Desexed animal sold by eligible pound or shelter  $29
Working dog  $0
Cat born prior to 1 July 1999 where ownership has not changed (when the Companion Animals Act 1998 came into effect)  $0
Assistance animal  $0
Dog in the service of State, for example, a police dog  $0
Greyhound currently registered under the Greyhound Racing Act 2009  $0

* Enables 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 $152 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.

If the registration fee has not been paid 28 days after the date on which the animal is required to be registered, a late fee of $16.

Learn more about the Pet Registry.


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