Under the Companion Animals Act 1998, all dog owners must Lifetime Register their dog.
Owners must take two steps to lifetime register their pet. These 'two steps' will help return your pet to you if it is lost, hurt or stolen.
If your pet is desexed and you can provide proof, you will pay a reduced registration fee.
Council recommends desexing of all companion animals.
Some Councils, vets, animal welfare organisations and other authorised persons can microchip your cat or dog. Prices for this service may vary.
Lifetime registration can be done at any local council. All NSW councils are connected to the statewide Register.
When you register your pet you will need:
A copy of the Lifetime Registration Application Form is available here:
The once-only registration fees, as set by the Companion Animals Act 1998, are listed below. These fees are current from 18 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.
|Class of pet||Fee|
|Non-desexed cat or dog||$195.00|
|Non-desexed cat or dog (owned by a registered breeder)||$53.00|
|Desexed cat or dog||$53.00|
|Desexed cat or dog (sold by eligible pound or shelter) #||$26.50|
|Desexed cat or dog (owned by a pensioner)||$22.00|
|Assistance animal *||$0.00|
|Working dog ^||$0.00|
|Cat born prior to 1 July 1999 where ownership has not changed (when the Companion Animals Act 1998 came into effect)||$0.00|
|Dog in the service of the State – for example, a police dog||$0.00|
|Greyhound currently registered under the Greyhound Racing Act 2009||$0.00|
* means an animal referred to in section 9 (Disability discrimination-guide dogs, hearing assistance dogs and trained animals) of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 of the Commonwealth, but does not include a working dog. For more information visit this link (opens in a new window or tab).
^ A dog used primarily for the purpose of droving, tending, working or protecting stock, and includes a dog being trained as a working dog. For more information visit this link (opens in a new window or tab).
The Companion Animals Act 1998 does not specify a working dog to be of a particular breed.
# The following conditions must be met: