Keeping Pets

Many people enjoy the companionship and interaction provided by pets. Council recognises the importance of pets and encourages responsible pet ownership within the community. Some larger animals such as horses, goats, or pigs are usually inappropriate for a residential environment and may be subject to Council by-laws.


You will need to have your animal micro-chipped prior to registering it and will need to provide any necessary documentation such as micro-chip details, sterilisation certificate, breeder’s card or pension card.

Please note: micro-chipping is not animal registration. Both are required.

Fees & Charges (Cats and Dogs)

Since 1998 all pets in NSW over the age of six (6) months must be microchipped and registered with a lifetime registration under the Companion Animal Act.
Fees are set by the state government and are

Non-desexed animal $201.00
Desexed animal $55.00
Desexed animal owned by a pensioner $23.00
 Desexed animal owned by a pound or shelter
Registered breeder $55.00
Assistance animal FREE

For a full list of NSW Companion Animal registration fees please click here.
Assistance Animals require microchipping and registeration but registration is free of charge. Working dogs do not require microchipping or registration but is recommended for the safety of the dog.

Registration of a dog or cat can be done at the Council Offices at 134 Lachlan St Hay during business hours.


Council maintains a dog and stock pound. Prior arrangements must be made to collect any animal impounded and any fees or charges must be paid. Unregistered animals must be micro-chipped and registered before being released and proof or ownership may be required.

Impounding Fees

First time offense $20
Second Time within 12 months $40
A maintenance fee of $10 per day or part thereof is also charged.

On the Spot fines may also apply if the animal is deemed a nuisance by Council Officers. It is an offence to remove any animal from the pound without approval.


Dog owners have a responsibility to ensure their pets are not a nuisance and they must abide by the state government laws regarding dog ownership

  • Micro-chip your dog at 12 weeks of age or point of sale / exchange, whichever comes first.
  • Register your dog by 6 months of age.
  • Walk your dog on a lead.
  • Ensure your dog does not bark unnecessarily.
  • Keep your dog in your yard.
  • Clean up after your dog in public
  • Keep dogs out of children’s play areas (no closer than 10m of any playground equipment)
  • Ensure your dog does not attack or fight people or other animals.
  • Dogs left in open vehicles must be restrained
  • Dogs must not be within 10m of equipment used for the preparation of food by humans.
  • No dogs in school grounds or childcare centres.


Cats make wonderful pets, but owners have a responsibility to look after them. To be a responsible cat owner

  • Ensure your cat is desexed
  • Do not discard unwanted litters or newly born kittens into the wild. Animal welfare agencies or vets will usually accept unwanted cats and kittens.
  • Confine your cat at night
  • Do not feed feral cats
  • Ensure your cat is microchipped and registered

Companion Animals Act 1998

More details on the Companion Animals Act 1998 are available here
Companion Animals Act