Register your pet

Register your pet

Remember

If you sell your pet to a new owner or if your cat or dog passes away, you must contact City of Sydney to update your registration details.

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Registration keeps pets safe

All dogs must be registered before they are 6 months old and all cats must be registered before they are 4 months old. If your pet goes astray, the pound or vet can use your pet's microchip and registration details to contact you and quickly reunite you with your pet.

Registration is cheaper if your pet is already desexed.

NSW pet registry 

From 4 July 2016 you can access the new NSW pet registry. This means from July 2016:

  • Pet owners and breeders can create an online profile. You can update your details, notify if your dog or cat is missing, register ownership changes and pay registration fees online.
  • Cats will need to be desexed by 4 months of age to received the discounted lifetime registration fee. The discounted lifetime registration fee will still apply to dogs desexed by 6 months of age.
  • Breeders will be issued a breeder ID number where owner and animal information will be recorded and will help track litters over time.
  • Vets will be required to update the register when they desex cats and dogs. Vets will also be able to update the register if they believe a pet should not be desexed for medical reasons.
  • In July 2016, new forms will be available to download from the Office of Local Government website and the new NSW pet registry.
  • If you are a pensioner in the City of Sydney's local area, or are otherwise entitled to a zero dollar registration fee (for example, assistance dogs, guide dogs and so on), you will still need to visit the City with the relevant documents to register your pets.
  • From July 2016, the Office of Local Government will send text messages and emails to existing pet owners to encourage creating an online profile.

Before you register 

Make sure your pet is already microchipped and that you have received your certificate of identification.

How to register

Firstly, check that you live within the City of Sydney's boundaries. If not, you must contact your local council. (Find my council.)

If you don't have a certificate of identification you must complete a permanent identification form first. Then you can also complete the lifetime registration form. You can then lodge both forms with the City. We will send you your identification certificate. Please note: The permanent identification form is necessary otherwise we will not be able to contact you or complete your registration.

If you already have a certificate of identification you can complete and lodge the lifetime registration form, but you must include a photocopy of the identification certificate with the lifetime registration form otherwise we will not be able to contact you or complete your registration.

You have 2 options:

  • lifetime registration form + permanent identification form

Or

  • lifetime registration form + certificate of identification.  

You can download the forms you need to complete.

Discounts 

If applicable (see definition list below), there are other forms you can also submit to gain discounts:

  • a desexing certificate (if your pet has been desexed) will make your registration cheaper
  • pensioner concession card
  • a receipt showing that your desexed animal was adopted from an eligible pound/shelter after the 29 October 2015 – the receipt must show the adopted animal's microchip number
  • proof of assistance animal status
  • proof of breeder status.
Definitions
Pensioner concession card
Eligible pensioner concession cards: aged, disability, service, widow, carers or supporting parent
Proof of assistance animal status
This must be from a recognised training body, for example Guide Dogs Australia: 
  1. a signed statement from the training body or owner that the animal is being used for that purpose.
Proof of breeder status
Registered breeders are entitled to $53 registration for each pet: 
  1. a signed statement by the member that the cat or dog is to be kept for breeding purposes. 

Adoptions from a pound/shelter in NSW are eligible for discounted registration if the animal was adopted after 29 October 2015 from:

  • RSPCA 
  • Animal Welfare League NSW
  • Cat Protection Society
  • Council pound.

Payment and submitting your documents

Do you live in the City of Sydney local area? If not, you must contact your local council. (Find my council.)

City of Sydney residents can submit the required documents in 1 of 3 ways:

  1. Email your lifetime registration form with the permanent identification form or the certificate of identification along with your desexing certificate to council@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au. When your paperwork is processed we will then email you a secure link to make your payment online. 
  2. Bring your lifetime registration form with the permanent identification form or the certificate of identification along with your desexing certificate to a Neighbourhood Service Centre with your payment.
  3. Post your lifetime registration form with the permanent identification form or the certificate of identification along with your desexing certificate with a cheque/money order made payable to the City of Sydney Council:

City of Sydney
GPO Box 1591
Sydney NSW 2001

If you are not sure which forms you need to complete and submit, please review the information under 'How to register'.

If you have any questions email council@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au. Your registration details will be recorded on the NSW Companion Animals Register.

You will receive your certificate of registration once your cat or dog is registered, and where applicable the identification certificate.

The registration fee is a once-only payment and covers lifetime registration in NSW, even if pet ownership changes.

Please note 

You must be over 18 years old to register a pet. A parent or guardian can register cats and dogs on behalf of children and teenagers under 18.

If your address or ownership changes, you need to change your pet registration

If you are moving to NSW with your pet, you need to change your pet registration.

When dogs or cats are in a public place they must wear an identification disc on their collar that is engraved with their name and their owner's contact number.

We recommend all cats that are allowed to roam should wear a collar and tag. All cats must, by law, be microchipped.

 
Category Cost What to bring
Desexed animal

Standard fee: $53

Pensioner concession:

  • must be City resident
  • first pet is free
  • each additional pet $5
  • lifetime registration form
  • microchip identification
  • proof of desexing
  • pensioner concession card (if applicable) 

Desexed animal from an eligible pound/shelter:

 

  • RSPCA
  • Animal Welfare League
  • Cat Protection Society
  • Council pound 
Standard fee: $26.50
  • lifetime registration form
  • microchip identification
  • proof of desexing
  • a receipt showing that your desexed animal was adopted from an eligible pound/shelter - the receipt must show the adopted animal's microchip number
Non-desexed animal

Standard fee: $195

Pensioner concession:

  • must be City resident
  • first pet is free
  • each additional pet $10
  • lifetime registration form
  • microchip identification
  • pensioner concession card (if applicable) 
Recognised breeder Standard fee: $53

Proof of breeder status:

  • breeder's card from either Dogs NSW, Waratah Cat Alliance, NSW Cat Fanciers Association
  • documentation verifying the cat or dog is of a breed accepted by the recognised breeder body
  • a signed statement by the member that the cat or dog is to be kept for breeding purposes
Assistance dogs Free
  • lifetime registration form
  • microchip identification
  • proof of assistance animal status 

Restricted breeds and dangerous dogs

Some breeds are restricted under NSW law and these breeds can no longer be sold or given away in NSW. It is illegal to accept ownership of such a dog. If you own a restricted breed you must register the dog with the City. Read more about restricted breeds and dangerous dogs

Fines for unregistered pets 

If you do not register a dog aged 6 months or older, or a cat aged 4 months or older you can be fined $275 on-the-spot. If own a dangerous, menacing or restricted breed of dog and don't register it before it is 6 months old you face a $1,320 fine. The maximum penalty for not registering animals is $5,500. For not registering dangerous, restricted and menacing dogs, it is $6,600. Read more information about fines

Pocket pets

Pets come in all shapes and sizes and many of our residents keep rats, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs and other pocket-sized pets. 
See the NSW RSPCA website for information on caring for pocket pets.

Wildlife

We do not endorse keeping snakes or other native Australian wildlife as pets.

The RSPCA notes that these animals rarely enjoy human company and require specialised housing and feeding.

In NSW, you must have a licence to keep a reptile


Last updated: Monday, 18 July 2016