Microchipping and registration

All dog and cat owners are required to take two steps to protect their pet for life:

  1. Permanent identification through microchipping which can be done by your veterinarian, RSPCA or Council Rangers
  2. Lifetime registration

You may also need to obtain an annual permit in addition to the lifetime pet registration.


Dogs and cats must be microchipped by the time they are 12 weeks old. This includes animals to be sold or given away.

It's an offence to sell or give a pet away that's not microchipped. If you're buying or have been given a companion animal, make sure it’s microchipped. It’s the seller’s responsibility to microchip the animal before it goes to its new home.

If your pet isn’t microchipped, contact your local vet or our customer service team to book an appointment with a Ranger. 

Fees may apply. Read our Fees and Charges(PDF, 2MB) for more information.


Dogs and cats must be lifetime registered by the time they are 6 months old.

You can register your pet through The Office of Local Government online Pet Registry, in person at a Service NSW access point or at Council. 

You need a microchip number to register an animal. If you don’t know the microchip number of your pet, contact your local vet or our customer service team to book an appointment with a ranger. 

Fees to register an animal vary. Additional fees apply if the animal hasn't been desexed by the relevant desexing age. Read our Fees and Charges for more information.

There is no fee to register a working dog.

Updating your details on the Pet Registry

You must update your details on the online Pet Registry if: 

  1. you change your address or phone number
  2. you sell or give your pet away

Note that paper forms may still be available at Council for those who cannot use the online Pet Registry.

Annual permits

From 1 July 2020, you will be required to get an annual permit (in addition to the lifetime pet registration) if:

Visit the Office Local Government website for details on the annual permits, including fees.

Working dogs

A working dog is a dog used primarily for the purpose of droving, tending, working or protecting stock, and includes a dog being trained as a working dog.

All working dogs must be microchipped and registered. 

There is a no fee to register a working dog. To determine your eligibility, fill the Working Dog Assessment Form.(PDF, 116KB) 

If a working dog is impounded, registration fees become applicable and must be paid prior to the release of the animal. More information on our Lost and Found Animals page.