Registration and Microchipping

Dog and Cat Owners

Since 1998, the Companion Animals Act requires all puppies, dogs, cats, or kittens sold or given away to be microchipped and registered for life from 1 July 1999.

Microchipping is not the same as registration. Pet owners must microchip and register their pets. This means having your dog or cat microchipped first, then registered with your local council.

When registering your pet you may need to provide documentation such as micro-chip details, sterilisation certificate, breeder’s card or pension card. Check with Council for more information.


Fees and Charges (Cats and Dogs)

Since 1998 all pets in NSW over the age of six (6) months must be microchipped and registered with a lifetime registration under the Companion Animal Act.

Fees are set by the State Government and are:

  • Non-desexed animal $210
  • Desexed animal $58
  • Animal under 6 months not desexed $58
  • Desexed animal owned by a pensioner $25
  • Desexed animal purchased from pound - shelter   $29.00
  • Recognised breeder $58
  • 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
  • If the companion animal has not been desexed by the relevant desexing age and is not kept by a recognised breeder for breeding purposes, an additional fee of $152 is payable in addition to the applicable registration fee listed above.
  • The NSW Government is introducing annual permits for non-desexed cats and restricted and dangerous dogs as part of its commitment to promoting responsible pet ownership and improving animal welfare standards.

    From 1 July 2020 owners of cats not desexed by four months of age will be required to pay an $80 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.

    For further information regarding Annual Permits please click here


For information on registration of Assistance Animals please contact Council's Ranger on 02 6036 0100.

Registration of a dog or cat can be done at the Council Offices in Holbrook or at the Customer Service Centres in Culcairn, Jindera or Walla Walla during business hours.

The Office of Local Government (OLG) is pleased to advise that the NSW Pet Registry website is now fully operational following completion of urgent maintenance and upgrading work for the introduction of annual permits.

Members of the public, vets, breeders and authorised identifiers now have full access to the NSW Pet Registry

Members of the public can now claim their pets, pay for pet registrations and annual permits, and reunite lost pets with their owners.