NSW Companion Animals Register requirements
The NSW Companion Animals Register is a state government register of companion animals and their owners' details.
It is used by all NSW Councils to obtain information about companion animals.
All cats and dogs must be registered by 6 months of age.
Lifetime registration costs are:
- animal is not desexed $195
- desexed animal $53
- desexed animal - pensioner rate $22
- desexed animal sold by eligible pound/shelter $26.50
- animal not desexed and owned by registered breeder $53
- working dog $0
Complete the registration form at our Administration Building, 11 Manning Street, Kiama or send it to us with a copy of the desexing certificate (if applicable) and if you wish to pay by a Visa or MasterCard credit card, our Customer Services staff may take their details over the phone or in person.
Selling or giving away your companion animal?
You must have your dog or cat microchipped before selling or giving it away.
As the owner, it is your responsibility to ensure all necessary paperwork is completed and submitted to your local council.
Steps to changing ownership:
- person giving away or selling the animal must ensure the animal is microchipped
- person giving away or selling the animal must complete the 'current animal details' section on the change of owner/details form
- new owner must complete the 'new address details' and 'new owner details' sections on the change of owner/details form
- person giving away or selling the animal must submit the form to their local council.
Failure to notify your local council of any change may result in fines.
What to do if you move address or change your details
Pet owners must make sure the contact information listed on the NSW Companion Animals Register is always current.
If your pet goes missing, you cannot be contacted if your information is out of date.
You should notify your local council of any change of address within 14 days.
What to do if your pet has died
Please notify us either in writing, by email or phone (02) 4232 0444.
This will ensure your pet's details are removed from the NSW Companion Animals Register.
The Office of Local Government has more information on microchipping and registration.