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 click here

Annual Permits:

From 1 July 2021 the NSW government is introducing annual permits for non de-sexed cats and dangerous dogs. These permits are to be paid for IN ADDITION to your animals lifetime registration.

Owners of non-desexed cats will be required to pay $81 for an annual permit (Exemptions are in place for cats that are registered by 1 July 2021, those kept for breeding purposes by members of recognised breeding bodies, and cats which cannot be de-sexed for medical reasons.)

Owners of dangerous dogs or resricted dogs will be required to pay $197 for an annual permit.

Annual permit fees are payable through your local Council or through the NSW pet registry website. Annual permits can NOT be purchased through Service NSW.

Annual permit late fee: $18

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:
Desexed (by relevant age):  $66
Desexed (by relevant age eligible pensioner):  $27
Desexed (sold by pound/shelter):  $0
Not Desexed or Desexed (after relevant age): $224
Not Desexed (not recommended): $66
Not Desexed (recognised breeder):  $66
Working Dog*:  $0
Service of the State Dog:  $0
Assistance Animal:  $0
Registration late fee: $18

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

Desexed or Not Desexed*:  $56
Desexed (eligable pensioner):  $27
Desexed (sold by pound/shelter):  $0
Not Desexed (not recommended): $56
Not Desexed (recognised breeder):  $56
Registration late fee: $18

*if your cat is not desexed by the age of 4 months then an additional annual permit of $81 must be paid.

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.