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If you own a pet, there are two steps involved in registering your pet. The first is having your animal microchipped, the second is registering your pet. Both processes are a legal requirement, they are also helpful if your pet goes missing. 

Step 1 - Microchip Your Pet

Microchipping your pet is a legal requirement. Your vet should microchip your pet when it is 12 weeks old. As part of the process, your vet will complete a Permanent Identification Form - P1A and send it to the NSW Companion Animals Register.

You’ll be sent a Certificate of Identification and a Lifetime Registration form. 

Step 2 -Register Your Pet

Registering your pet is also a legal requirement. All dogs must be registered before they are 6 months old and all cats must be registered before they are 4 months old. 

Take your Certificate of Identification and your Lifetime Registration Form - P2 and lodge these documents with Council. If you take your animal’s desexing certificate or pensioner card you’ll receive a discount. Pet owners will still be entitled to half price registration if they buy a pet from a pound or shelter (50% of the general registration fee) and will be able to register online. To pay registration fees online, the record of these animals will be marked on the NSW Pet Registry with an ‘eligible pound/shelter’ flag.

If you pet’s record has not been flagged you should present you receipt of purchase to your local council. The discount is only valid if the pet is desexed at the time the registration fee is paid.

The desexed flag on the pet’s record can be updated by a vet on the Registry.

NSW Pet Registry

The NSW Pet Registry is a public portal to the online database (Companion Animals Register) of microchipped and registered cats and dogs that live in NSW.

Pet owners and breeders can create an online owner profile, update your details, notify if your dog or cat is missing, register ownership changes and pay registration fees online.

Change of Address or Owner

If you move or change phone numbers you’ll need to complete a Change of Details Form - C3A so that your pet’s registration details are updated. 

If you re-home a pet, it is the responsibility of the original owner to have it signed by both parties.

Please complete and lodge this form within 14 days of the change. You can post, fax or take the form into Council.

Annual permits for non-desexed cats and restricted and dangerous dogs

The NSW Government is introducing annual permits for non-desexed cats and restricted and dangerous dogs as part of its commitment to responsible pet ownership and improving animal welfare standards.

From 1 July 2020, owners of cats not desexed by four months of age are required to pay an $80 annual permit fee in addition to their lifetime pet registration fee. Owners of dogs of a restricted breed or formally declared to be dangerous are required to pay a $195 annual permit fee in addition to their lifetime registration fee. Pay for annual permits using the NSW Pet Registry website or in person at local Council offices.

You can also attend any Northern Beaches Customer Service Centre, the Animal Welfare League and Cat Protection Society.

Exemptions are in place for cats that are lifetime registered by 1 July 2020, those kept for breeding purposes by members of recognised breeding bodies, and cats which cannot be de-sexed for medical reasons. 

Animal owners who fail to obtain an annual permit risk being fined under NSW Government legislation. 

More information can be found in the Introduction of annual permits for non-desexed cats and dangerous/restricted dogs FAQ

More information

The Office of Local Government website has more information regarding responsible pet ownership and the NSW Companion Animals Act 1998.

The NSW Pet Registry site has lots of information including a Pet Owner & Breeder User Guide

Pets Forms

Companion Animals (Pets)

The NSW Pet Registry is for pet owners and breeders can create an online owner profile, update your details, notify if your dog or cat is missing, register ownership changes and pay registration fees online. 

Alternatively use these forms and submit to Council. Find out more about registering your pet.

Annual permits for non-desexed cats and restricted and dangerous dogs

From 1 July 2020, in addition to their lifetime pet registration fee, annual permits will be required by owners of: 

  • cats not desexed by four months of age are required to pay an $80 annual permit fee
  • dogs of a restricted breed or formally declared to be dangerous are required to pay a $195 annual permit fee.

Pay for annual permits using the NSW Pet Registry website or in person at local Council offices. Find out more about annual permits.

Barking Dog Information Sheet

Please log the diary for fourteen days and then forward to Council.