Companion Animal Identification and Registration - Woollahra Municipal Council - New South Wales


If you intend to own a dog, cat or any other type of animal that is designated as a companion animal, 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.

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. Contact the council to discuss your animal's eligibility for an exemption.

Eligibility requirements

You can apply for registration as either:

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


Lifetime of the animal


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $69.00

Desexed dog (before six months of age). Fees for 2022-23

Apply Application All $234.00

Complete or desexed dog (combined registration fee and additional fee for a dog not desexed by six months of age). Fees for 2022-23

Apply Application All $59.00

Registration of a cat. Fees for 2022-23

Apply Application All $69.00 Entire dog (not desexed). Fees for 2022-23
Apply Application All $85.00 Cat not desexed by 4 months of age. Fees for 2022-23
Apply Miscellaneous All -

There is no fee for working dogs, assistance animals, greyhounds registered under greyhound legislation, or cats registered before 1999 where ownership has not changed. Fees for 2021-22

Act(s) name

Companion Animal Act 1998 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Companion Animals Regulation 2018 New South Wales

Administering agency

Woollahra Municipal Council

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.