Inner West Council

Register your Pet

Microchipping and Registration

The companion Animals Act was introduced by the NSW Government in 1998 to protect pets, their owners and the broader community.

As of 1 July 1999, the State Government has introduced a new microchipping and lifetime registration procedure for dogs and cats as part of the Companion Animals Act 1998.

Dogs

All dogs must be microchipped and registered for life.

Pups must be microchipped by 12 weeks or before change of ownership and registered for life by six months of age.

Click here for new registration fees.

Click here for more information for dog owners in NSW

Cats

If you own a cat prior to 1 July 1999 you do not have to register the cat for life.

It is a requirement however, that your cat is identified.

You may choose a collar and ID tags or a microchip. However, if you sell or give away your cat after 1 July 1999 it must be microchipped and registered for life.

If you got your cat after 1 July 1999 your cat must be chipped by 12 weeks of age for lifetime identification. Your cat must be lifetime registered with the Council by six months of age.

Click here for new registration fees.

Click here for more information for cat owners in NSW

Visit the following websites for information on cat rescue and protection of animals:

General Information

Under the Act, all owners of puppies and kittens must take two steps to provide lifetime protection for their pet. Together these two steps will help return your pet to you if it is lost, hurt or stolen.

Once microchipped and registered, your pet is protected for life

Step 1: Permanent identification through microchipping.
Step 2: Registration through a local Council on the NSW Companion Animals Register.

Where to get your pet chipped

Vets, animal welfare organisations and other authorised people can microchip your cat or dog.

How to lifetime register your pet

Lifetime registration can be done at any local Council.
All NSW Council’s are connected to the statewide Register.

When you register you will need:

  • A certificate of microchipping or a letter from your vet,
  • Proof of desexing from your vet or a statutory declaration,
  • Any documents which entitle you to a discount (i.e pension card)

A blank form can be obtained from the Department of Local Government's Companion Animals web site.

What you pay?

Registration fees help Councils provide pounds, rangers, dog refuse bins and other pet facilities. Please refer to Council's schedule of fees and charges for current rates. Please click here

Please Note:
New Lifetime registration fees came into effect on 13 January 2006. The NSW Companion Animals Register has been modified to allow Councils to Apply new registration fees as of this date.
For further information please visit www.dlg.nsw.gov.au


Useful links

Rights and responsibilities of pet owners

View the Department of Local Government's Frequently Asked Questions Frequently Asked Questions (192.24 KB) about the Companion Animals Act 1998.