Microchip, register and desex your pet

Microchip, register and desex your pet

Got a new pet?

Pets bring great pleasure to many of our residents and are good for our collective wellbeing.

The City of Sydney supports the community with services that ensure pets and people remain healthy and safe, and live together harmoniously.

We encourage owners to be responsible for their pets and require them to undertake some simple measures.

If you own a cat or dog and live in NSW, you are legally required to microchip and register your pet. This helps us quickly return your animal to you, if it is lost, injured or stolen.

We also encourage you to get your pet desexed – a simple procedure that helps pets to live longer and healthier lives, and makes them less prone to wander and fight.

From 1 July 2020 owners of cats not desexed by 4 months of age will be required to pay an annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.

If your pet is desexed, you'll receive a discount on your registration.

Our suggested 3-step process for pet owners:

Microchip your pet before they are 12 weeks of age or before being sold or given away, whichever happens first (legally required).

Register your pet before they are 6 months old for dogs and 4 months old for cats (legally required).

Desex your pet – dogs between 3 to 6 months old and cats between 3 to 4 months old.

If you desex your pet before registering it, you will receive a discount on the registration fee.

You can also change the details of your existing pet registration.

Moving to NSW with your pet?

If you are moving with your pet to the City of Sydney from another state or country, and the previous owner cannot be found you will need to identify and register your pet in NSW. You will need to provide us with:

More information for new pet owners:

Living with pets in the City Off-leash parks Dog obedience classes Cats

Last updated: Wednesday, 1 July 2020