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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 $207.00
Non Desexed (under 6 Months Old)* $57.00
Desexed $57.00
Pensioner with De-sexed Animal** $24.00
Microchipping $55.00
Working Dog (Conditions Apply) $0.00
Animals owned by Recognised Breeder $57.00
Dangerous & Restricted Dogs $100.00
Desexed animal sold by eligible pound or shelter $28.50


*   Enables pet owners intending to have their cat or dog desexed to access the discounted registration fee. The pet must be desexed and the Pet Registry updated before the pet reaches 6 months of age.  If desexing does not occur, then the additional fee of $150 applies. Where the pet is not desexed or the additional fee not paid, the registration is cancelled and penalties may apply.
**  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.


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.