Companion Animal Identification and Registration - New South Wales

Service summary

If you intend to own a dog, cat or any other type of animal that is designated as a companion animal by your Council, you must ensure the animal is identified and registered. Please be aware that all dogs are treated as companion animals, even working dogs on rural properties, guard dogs and corrective services dogs.

Your companion animal must be identified from the time it is 12 weeks old or when it first sold. Identification involves the implantation in the animal of an approved microchip. The animal must not be sold unless it has been identified. Your companion animal must be registered by the time they are six months of age.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.


There are some exemptions from this process. To confirm your animal's eligibility to an exemption, you should contact your Council.

Eligibility requirements

Your animal must be microchipped by the time it is twelve weeks old in order for its identity to be registered.

Your animal must be placed on the life time register by the time it is six months old.

You must be over eighteen years old to register your cat or dog. If the pet belongs to a child or teenager, a parent or guardian must register the animal on their behalf.

Please consult directly with the Council for information on any eligibility requirements specific to your approval.


Lifetime of the animal.



Registration of desexed animal.


Registration of desexed animal owned by pensioner.


Registration of non-desexed animal.


Registration of non-desexed animal owned by recognised breeder.


Registration of desexed animal sold by eligible pound or shelter.

GeneralMiscellaneousThere is no fee for working dogs, assistance animals, greyhounds registered under greyhound legislation, or cats registered before 1999 where ownership has not changed.

Administering agency

Council of the City of Sydney

Act(s) name

Companion Animal Act 1998 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Companion Animals Regulation 2008 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Pet Registration Officer
Council of the City of Sydney

Operating address:
Level 2, 456 Kent Street
NSW 2000
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 1591
Sydney, New South Wales 2001


02 9265 9333


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