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Registering your pet

Pets are great companions but it is essential that dog and cat owners register and microchip their pets. The Companion Animals Act 1998 was introduced in NSW on 1st July 1999 to protect pets, people and the wider community.

More than 150,000 dogs and cats are lost or stolen every year in NSW. Many are impounded when their owners cannot be contacted, some may end up rehomed or even euthanased.

Microchipping and registration is a two-step process:

Permanent identification through microchipping:

Under the Companion Animals Act, cats and dogs throughout NSW must be identified (by microchipping) by the time the animal is 12 weeks old. Once the animal is microchipped, these identification details are entered into the NSW Companion Animal Register. A certificate is then issued to the owner with the identification details.

The permanent identification (microchipping) and lifetime registration scheme greatly assists authorities in returning lost or injured animals to their owners.

Once microchipped and registered, your pet is protected for life.

To register your pet you will need:

1. The Lifetime Registration R2 form (available online here)

2. A certificate of microchipping or letter from your vet

3. Proof of de-sexing from your vet or a statutory declaration

4. Any documents which entitle you to a discount (for example pension card)

5. Payment can be made at Council either by cheque, money order, EFTPOS, VISA or cash

You must notify Council if any of the following circumstances occur:

  • Change of ownership/change of address or any other details within 14 days;
  • Death of animal within 28 days in writing;
  • Missing animal within 96 hours;
  • If a court declares/revokes a dog as being dangerous within 7 days; and
  • If you sell or give away your animal a change of owner/details form must be completed and sent to Council.

This change of owner details form (C3A) can be found on the Division of Local Government website. Do not give the certificate to the new owner, as you are responsible for the details to be changed. Penalties apply where changes to ownership are not notified.

Registration through Council – NSW Companion Animals Register

All NSW Councils are connected to the state wide register. You may register your animal by downloading and completing the form and along with supporting documentation visit and pay at Council.

  • $58 for a desexed cat or dog;
  • $210 for an entire or undesexed cat or dog;
  • $58 for an entire or non-desexed cat or dog owned by registered breeder;
  • $25 for a desexed cat or dog owned by an eligible pensioner.

Please note: On 1 July 2018 cat and dog lifetime registration fees increased in line with the Consumer Price Index as required by the Companion Animals Regulation 2008.

The following penalties can also be issued:

  • Animal not permanently identified (microchipped) $180
  • Animal not Lifetime Registered $330
  • Failure to notify change of address/owner $180
  • Failure to prevent dog escaping $220
  • Dog not on lead in public place $330
  • Failure to remove dog faeces $275
  • Failure to take seized animal to owner/Council/approved premises $660
  • Dog in prohibited place $330
  • Own or in charge of attacking dog $1320


Port Stephens Council
Ph: (02) 4988 0255
Email: council@portstephens.nsw.gov.au