Register your pet
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.Read more
Registration keeps pets safe
All cats and dogs that live within the City of Sydney’s local area must be registered before they are 6 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.
Before you register
Make sure your pet is already microchipped and that you have received your certificate of identification.
How to register
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
- lifetime registration form + certificate of identification.
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.
- 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:
- a signed statement or documentation that the animal has been desexed
- 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 $52 registration for each pet:
- a 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.
Adoptions from a pound/shelter in NSW are eligible for discounted registration if the animal was adopted after the 29 October 2015 from:
- Animal Welfare League NSW
- Cat Protection Society
- Council pound.
Payment and submitting your documents
City of Sydney residents can submit the required documents in 1 of 3 ways:
- Email your lifetime registration form with the permanent identification form or the certificate of identification to firstname.lastname@example.org. When your paperwork is processed we will then email you a secure link to make your payment online.
- Bring your lifetime registration form with the permanent identification form or the certificate of identification to a Neighbourhood Service Centre with your payment.
- Post your lifetime registration form with the permanent identification form or the certificate of identification 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'.
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.
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.
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Standard fee: $52
Desexed animal from an eligible pound/shelter:
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Standard fee: $192
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 pet aged 6 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.
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.
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.
Last updated: Thursday, 24 December 2015