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If you own a pet, there are two steps involved in registering your pet. The first is having your animal microchipped, the second is registering your pet.

Both processes are a legal requirement, they are also helpful if your pet goes missing. 

Step 1 - Microchip your pet

Microchipping your pet is a legal requirement. In NSW, all cats and dogs, other than exempt cats and dogs, must be microchipped by 12 weeks of age or before being sold or given away, whichever happens first.

Your vet should microchip your pet when it is 12 weeks old. As part of the process, your vet will complete a Permanent Identification Form - P1A and either enter in this information to the NSW Companion Animal Register on your behalf and provide you with a Certificate of Identification.

Ask your vet or identifier if they will enter your details into the Register directly or send them to Council and we can enter them for you. 

Once it has been entered, a Certificate of Identification will be issued to the owner of the animal. Note – having a Certificate of Identification does not mean that your pet is registered.

Step 2 -Register your pet

All cats and dogs, other than exempt cats and dogs, must be registered on the Register. Registration only occurs once and remains in place for the life of that animal even if the owner changes. Registration information, like the owner’s address, must be kept up-to-date as it changes over time.

Registration must be completed by the time your dog is 6 months of age or your cat is 4 months of age. 

To be eligible to pay for a discounted registration, you will need to provide the following documentation at the time of payment along with your Lifetime Registration Form - P2:

  1. Ensure that the animal is recorded on the Register as being desexed, if relevant, or sight proof of desexing, such as a letter, certificate or clear receipt from a veterinarian showing the microchip number and date of desexing, or a statutory declaration from the owner that the animal has been desexed.
  2. If a vet has determined that an animal should not be desexed, he or she should preferably by updating the animal’s record on the NSW Pet Registry.
  3. Otherwise, to enable the status of an animal to be updated as ‘not recommended for desexing’, the owner must provide a written statement from a vet on the vet’s letterhead which states the animal’s microchip number and the medical reason why the animal should not be desexed.

Pet owners will not have to pay a registration fee if they buy a pet from a pound or shelter and will be able to register online. To pay registration fees online, the record of these animals will be marked on the NSW Pet Registry with an ‘eligible pound/shelter’ flag.

Guidelines to assist with online registrations Pet Owner & Breeder User Guide

If you pet’s record has not been flagged you should present you receipt of purchase to your local council. The discount is only valid if the pet is desexed at the time the registration fee is paid.

The desexed flag on the pet’s record can be updated by a vet on the Registry.

NSW Pet Registry

The NSW Pet Registry is a public portal to the online database (Companion Animals Register) of microchipped and registered cats and dogs that live in NSW.

This site has lots of information including a Pet Owner & Breeder User Guide

Pet owners and breeders can create an online owner profile, update your details, notify if your dog or cat is missing, register ownership changes and pay registration fees online.

Change of address or owner

If you move or change phone numbers you’ll need to complete a Change of Details Form - C3A so that your pet’s registration details are updated.  If you re-home a pet, it is the responsibility of the original owner to have it signed by both parties.

Please complete and lodge this form within 14 days of the change. You can post, fax take the form into Council or email council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

Annual permits for non-desexed cats and restricted and dangerous dogs

In 2020 the NSW Government introduced annual permits for non-desexed cats and restricted and dangerous dogs as part of its commitment to responsible pet ownership and improving animal welfare standards.

  • Owners of cats not desexed by four months of age are required to pay an $81 annual permit fee in addition to their lifetime pet registration fee.
  • Owners of dogs of a restricted breed or formally declared to be dangerous are required to pay a $197 annual permit fee in addition to their lifetime registration fee.

Pay for annual permits using the NSW Pet Registry website or in person at any Northern Beaches Customer Service Centre, the Animal Welfare League and Cat Protection Society.

Exemptions are in place for cats that were lifetime registered by 1 July 2020, those kept for breeding purposes by members of recognised breeding bodies, and cats which cannot be de-sexed for medical reasons. 

Animal owners who fail to obtain an annual permit risk being fined under NSW Government legislation. 

More information can be found in the Introduction of annual permits for non-desexed cats and dangerous/restricted dogs FAQ

 

More information

The Office of Local Government website has more information regarding responsible pet ownership and the NSW Companion Animals Act 1998.

Pets Forms

Barking Dog Information Sheet

Please log the diary for fourteen days and then forward to Council.

Form # 4130

Companion Animals (Pets)

The NSW Pet Registry is for pet owners and breeders can create an online owner profile, update your details, notify if your dog or cat is missing, register ownership changes and pay registration fees online. 

Alternatively use these forms and submit to Council. Find out more about registering your pet.

Annual permits for non-desexed cats and restricted and dangerous dogs

In addition to their lifetime pet registration fee, annual permits will be required by owners of: 

  • Cats not desexed by four months of age are required to pay an $81 annual permit fee
  • Dogs of a restricted breed or formally declared to be dangerous are required to pay a $197 annual permit fee.

Pay for annual permits using the NSW Pet Registry website or in person at local Council offices. Find out more about annual permits.