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Companion Animals

All Companion Animals must be Registered by law in NSW and can be done by the following;

• Online:, or Service NSW using your MyServiceNSW Account
• Over the Counter: Registrations can also be done at your local Shire Council or any Service NSW Centre.

Why Register?
• It is Required by Law to Register your Cat or Dog.
• Having your dog or Cat Registered with your local Council assists with its safe return if it becomes lost.
• Cheaper release fees if your dog or cat is impounded.

It is important to remember that having your dog or cat microchipped does not mean that it is Registered. To Register your Dog or Cat you must first have it microchipped by a vet or authorised identifier. The Registration fee is a once only payment which covers your companion animals for its lifetime in NSW, regardless of any changes in ownership. Discounted Registration is avail-able for eligible pensioners and for owners of desexed dogs and cats. Proof of sterilisation is required.


Microchipping can be done by your local vet or an accredited identifier and is a safe way of ensuring that your pet will be returned to you if it is found wandering or stray.

Microchipping and lifetime registration applies to all cats and dogs which are born, or who change owners, after 1 July 1999. This form of registration is a one off payment and covers the entire life of the animal.

To register your dog or cat just call into Council's administration centre and bring with you your animal's certificate of identification, which you would have received when your pet was microchipped. You also need to bring with you proof of desexing, if this applies to your animal, and any concession card should you be seeking a pensioner rate. Pensioner rates only apply to desexed animals.

Dangerous Dogs

Under the Companion Animals Act , a dog attack can include any incident where a dog rushes at, attacks, bites, harasses or chases
any person or animal (other than vermin), whether or not any injury is caused to the animal or person.
A critical influence on the behaviour of dogs in domestic settings is the actions of pet owners. Socially responsible pet owners are those who have an ongoing commitment to the welfare of their animals and take all necessary steps to limit the impact of their
animal’s behaviour. With respect to dogs, this includes factors such as:

• responsible breeding, in line with community standards and relevant regulations
• prospective owners making informed choices about the suitability of dogs for their lifestyle, prior to purchase (including under-standing the traits of particular breeds and the ongoing costs of keeping and caring for them)
• properly socialising and training dogs at an early age
• microchipping dogs by 12 weeks of age and registering them by 6 months of age
• maintaining the physical and mental health and welfare of dogs over their lifetime (including providing appropriate shelter, nutrition, exercise and veterinary care)
• appropriately managing interactions between dogs and other animals and people, especially children.

Declared dangerous dogs are subject to stringent control provisions, including:

• mandatory microchipping, lifetime registration and desexing.
• a ban on being left in the sole charge of a person under the age of 18 years.
• prescribed enclosure requirements for the property where the dog is ordinarily kept (its owner must also obtain a certificate of compliance from their local council, certifying that the enclosure meets the regulatory requirements).
• mandatory muzzling and secure leashing of the dog at all times when it is outside the enclosure where it is ordinarily kept (ex-cept in the case of a declared dangerous hunting dog, when it is hunting).
• prescribed dangerous dog warning signs which must be displayed on the premises where the dog is ordinarily kept.
It is also an offence under the Companion Animals Act for an owner to transfer ownership of a dangerous dog, accept ownership of a dangerous dog, sell (including give away) or advertise a dangerous dog for sale, and encourage a dangerous dog to attack a person or animal.
Fines for a owner of a dog which rushes at/attacks/bites/harasses/chases any person or animal is $1320, it’s the same amount for a person in charge of a dog also.

Fees & Charges (Cats and Dogs)

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.

NSW Lifetime Registration Fees
Non Desexed $210.00
Desexed $58.00
Pensioner with De-sexed Animal** $25.00
Microchipping $55.00
Working Dog (Conditions Apply) $0.00
Animals owned by Recognised Breeder $58.00
Dangerous & Restricted Dogs $100.00
Desexed animal sold by eligible pound or shelter $29.00

**  An eligible pensioner includes a person in receipt of the aged pension, war widow pension or disability pension. If you are unsure whether you are an eligible pensioner, please contact your local council.

Assistance Animals require microchipping and registration, however, registration is free of charge. Working dogs do not require microchipping or registration but owners are encouraged to do so for the safety of the dog.

For a full listing of NSW Companion Animal fees, please visit
Registration of a dog or cat can be done at the Council Offices at 134 Lachlan Street, Hay during business hours or at


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 before any animal is released. Unregistered animals must be micro-chipped and registered before being released and proof or ownership may be required.

Pound Fees

First time offense


Second Time within 12 months


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.

Annual permits grace period

The NSW Government has granted a 12-month grace period for the introduction of annual permits for owners of non-de-sexed cats and dangerous and restricted dogs to allow pet owners more time to prepare for the change.

This means that from 1 July 2020 owners of cats not de-sexed by four months of age will be required to pay an $80 annual permit in addition to the one-off lifetime pet registration fee.
This will create a stronger incentive to de-sex cats, improve health and wellbeing of pets, lower demand on pounds, reduce euthanasia rates, and help to address concerns about feral, stray and roaming cats.
Exemptions will be in place for cats that are registered by 1 July 2020 and for cats kept for breeding purposes by members of recognised breeding bodies.

Also from 1 July 2020 owners of dogs of a restricted breed or declared to be dangerous will be required to pay a $195 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.
This will serve as a further disincentive to owning these dogs and encourage owners to better manage the behaviour of their animal. 
The 12-month grace period will allow for education and awareness activities to inform the many pet owners across the state to be affected by annual permits.
In the case of cats, it will also provide time for owners to ensure their pets are desexed, not only delivering health and lifestyle benefits to their animal, but enabling them to avoid having to pay the annual permit. This includes the many people who will welcome a new kitten into their homes during the forthcoming spring breeding season.
In relation to dogs, owners can use the time to better manage the behaviour of their animals and, if appropriate, request that their local council review their dangerous dog declaration. Owners must ensure their dog undergoes appropriate behavioural training as part of any review.
Selling or giving away a cat or dog

From 1 July 2019, people selling or giving away kittens, cats, puppies or dogs, will need to include an identification number in any advertisements.
The changes will help people looking to buy a cat or dog to know what the current owner has recorded as the breed, sex and age of the cat or dog, whether it is desexed, and whether or not it is already registered.
This will enable prospective owners to do further research and make informed purchasing decisions. This helps to promote responsible cat and dog breeding and selling. Animal welfare enforcement agencies will also be able to use this information to identify ‘problem’ breeders and to enforce animal welfare laws.

Companion Animal Website - Office of Local Government

The Office of Local Government is responsible for pet registrations in NSW. Their website has forms, brochures and information about keeping Companion Animals.