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

You can apply for registration as either:

  • an individual over the age of 18 years
  • a corporation
  • a body corporate or politic.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


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

Bourke Shire Council

Act(s) name

Companion Animal Act 1998 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Companion Animals Regulation 2008 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Enquiries Officer
Bourke Shire Council

Operating address:
29 Mitchell Street
NSW 2840


02 6830 8000


02 6872 3030


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