Companion Animals

In February 2019 Carrathool Shire Council adopted a new Companion Animals Policy.

What you need to know:

Registering Your Pets

Under the NSW Companion Animals Act 1998, all dogs and cats which are born or who change owners after the 1st July 1999 will need to be microchipped and registered. Microchipping ensures that all pets have a means of permanent identification which cannot be lost or tampered with.


  • Animals are to be microchipped by 12 weeks of age and have Lifetime Registration by the time the animal is six months of age.
  • Microchipping is carried out by a vet or any authorised implanter, and is painless. It is about the size of a grain of rice and is usually placed between the shoulders- it is similar to them receiving immunisation injections.
  • Microchipping enables vets and other animal workers to reunite pets with their owners. There is a barcode on the microchip that is implanted by your vet that will have all of the information you supplied at the time.

Lifetime Registration:

Lifetime registration takes place after you have had your animal microchipped. It is a one-off payment, and must be done by the time the animal is six months of age.

Make sure you have all the necessary documentation with you when you go to register your animal, ie microchip details, sterililsation certificate, breeder's card or a valid pension card. This can be done in person at your local Council Office or you can print this form for Lifetime Registration or this form for Change of Ownership and prefill all the information before your visit.

You can also register your pet online HERE or if you are unable to visit a Council Office you can also register your pet in person or online through Service NSW.

If you need more information


You must inform your Council if:

  • You change your residential address and/or phone number
  • You sell your animal (note that informing the Council is the responsibility of the seller)
  • Your animal is lost/found
  • Your dog is declared dangerous or menacing
  • Your pet dies

You can inform Council of a deceased or missing animal by using this form.

Lifetime Registration Fees:
Non desexed animal: $210
Desexed animal: $58
Pensioner with desexed animal: $25
Registered breeder: $58
Desexed animal sold by eligible pound or shelter: $29
Working Dog: $0*
Assistance animal: $0
Dog in the service of the State (Eg, Police Dog): $0
Greyhounds currently registered under the Greyhound Racing Act 2009: $0

Late Fee: if the registration has not been paid 28 days after the date on which the animal must be registered a $16 late fee may also apply.

*Carrathool Shire Council may request a Statutory Declaration be filled out to complete the registration paper work for a working dog.


Cats born before July 1999 do not have to be microchipped or registered. Part 29 of the Companion Animals Act requires all cats to have some form of identification that enables a local authority to be able to obtain contact details of the owner, such as a collar with a tag attached or a microchip.

For further information, contact Carrathool Shire Council on 02 6965 1900 during office hours or visit the Division of Local Government, Companions Animals Website.