Microchipping, Registration & Change Of Owner Details

Under the NSW Companion Animals Act 1998, all cats and dogs are required to be microchipped and lifetime registered. This permanent identification and lifetime registration system, which came into effect on 1 July 1999, greatly assists authorities in returning lost and injured animals to their owners. It provides NSW Councils with a more effective means of keeping track of dogs and cats for the benefit of the wider community.

Permanent Identification (Microchipping)

Since 1 July 1999 all dogs and cats in NSW must be microchipped at point of sale, change of ownership or by 12 weeks of age, whichever occurs first.

Microchipping your dog or cat ensures that your pet can be identified by a vet or council ranger and will help us reunite you with your pet should they get lost.

Lifetime Registration

You are only required to pay registration once, and your pet's details will be stored on the NSW Companion Animals Register. That way, regardless of where you move, your pet will remain registered.

Registration fees are remitted by Council to the State Government. Council is reimbursed a percentage of that money to help cover the cost of animal management activities including providing rangers, pound facilities, designated dog refuse bins, educational and other activities.

Change Of Ownership
There is no fee to change owner or address details.

There is no fee to change address details.

Microchipped Outside NSW

If your animal was microchipped outside NSW, or if your animal was microchipped before 1 July 1999, then all you need to do is provide evidence that your animal has been microchipped in order to register your cat or dog on the NSW Companion Animals Register. This could be the original documentation from when the animal was microchipped, or a signed statement from a vet or other authorised identifier saying they have scanned the animal and quoting the microchip number located during the scan.

Exempt Animals

Under the Companion Animals Act, some working dogs may be exempt from microchipping and registration. For more information on this please visit the Department of Local Government website.

Fees and Charges

Fees & Charges for registering your pets are set by the Department of Local Government and are regularly reviewed.

A full list of these fees and charges are available at the Department of Local Government website.

Change of Owner/Details and Change of Address Notice do not incur a fee.