Microchipping & Registration

Registration Fees and Charges are administrated by The Office of Local Government and are subject to change.

Lifetime protection for your pets

  • The Companion Animals Act was introduced by the NSW Government in 1998 to protect pets, their owners and the broader community. Around 80,000 dogs and cats are lost, hurt or stolen each year. Most are impounded and are not able to be identified. Because they cannot be reunited with their owners, they may be destroyed.
  • Under the Act, all owners of puppies and kittens must take two steps to provide lifetime protection for their pet. Together these two steps will help return your pet to you if it is lost, hurt or stolen.
  • As of October 1, 2002 all dogs must be microchipped and registered under the new system.
  • If you are the new owner of a cat after July 1, 1999 your pet must be microchipped by 12 weeks of age for lifetime identification and must be lifetime registered with Council by six months of age.

Microchipping and Registration is a two part process that requires dog and cat owners to:

  1. Have their animals implanted with a microchip from the time they are 12 weeks of age, at point of sale, or change of ownership (whichever occurs first).
  2. Register their animals with their NSW local council by 6 months of age. 

Vets, animal welfare organisations and other authorised people can microchip your cat or dog.

Registration fees help councils provide pounds, rangers and other pet facilities.

Lifetime registration can be done at any local council.  All NSW Councils are connected to the statewide Register.

When you register you will need:

  • A certificate of microchipping or a letter from the vet or Council.
  •  Proof of desexing from your vet or a statutory declaration.
  • Any documents which entitle you to a discount eg: Pensioner card.


Refer to Council’s Annual Fees and Charges