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Companion animals FAQs

For comprehensive details regarding the Companion Animals Act and Regulations, visit the NSW Government Office of Local Government's website.

Do I need to microchip and lifetime register my dog?

Under the Companion Animals Act 1998, all dogs more than six months old must be microchipped and lifetime registered.

Farm working dogs used primarily for the purpose of droving, tending, working or protecting stock (and dogs being trained to be working dogs) are exempt from the microchipping and registration requirements.

While this is the case, these dogs are valuable animals and owners are encouraged to have their dogs microchipped and registered for the dog's own protection.

Do I need to microchip and lifetime register my cat?

Cats which are born, bought, sold, given away or otherwise change owners after 1 July 1999 will need to be microchipped and registered just as are dogs. Cats which are already settled with owners are not subject to these requirements.

How do I lifetime register my pet?

Before being lifetime registered, all dogs/cats must be microchipped. Vets and most animal welfare organisations offer this service. (View the list of local vets on our vet page)

Owners of dogs which have already been microchipped will need to provide proof of the microchip number, such as the certificate received at the time the dog was microchipped.

Alternatively, owners will need to take their dog to an authorised identifier (some vets and animal welfare organisations offer this service) and get a signed statement from that person of the animal's microchip number.

When lifetime registering a dog, owners must provide proof of microchipping (normally the pink copy of the 'Permanent Identification/Registration Form' - the one with the bar code on it) and proof of desexing, if applicable. If applying for a pensioner discount a government pension card must be shown.

In the Eurobodalla Shire, registrations can be processed at:

  • Customer Service Centre
    Vulcan Street, Moruya
    8.30am - 4.30pm, Mon-Fri - 4474 1000
  • Narooma Depot
    Glasshouse Rocks Road, Narooma
    8.30am - 12pm, 1pm - 3pm, Mon-Thur - 4476 4144
  • Batemans Bay Depot
    Princes Highway, Batemans Bay
    8.30am - 12pm, 1pm - 3pm, Mon-Thur - 4472 4035

How much are the lifetime registration fees?

2019/2020 lifetime registration fees are:

  • Recognised breeder  - $58
  • Desexed animal - $58
  • Non-desexed animal - $210
  • Pensioner with desexed animal - $25
  • Desexed animal purchased/obtained from an eligible pound - $29.

What happens if I change my address?

If you have a dog or cat which is registered you have a responsibility to ensure that the information on the NSW Pet Registry is up to date. Within 14 days of moving or changing your contact details, you should update your pet's details on the NSW Pet Registry.

Alternatively, you can notify Council of the change of details. Please assist Council staff by providing the microchip number of your pet to enable speedy updating on the Registry.

There is no charge for notifying a change of your details.

My dog or cat has died - what do I need to do?

If your cat or dog has died, you must notify Council within 28 days (or 24 hours in the case of a restricted dog, dangerous or menacing dog) of its death. Notification may be by telephone, or in writing by email or letter to Council.

In the case of a restricted or declared dangerous dog, Council may require you to provide documentary evidence from a veterinary practitioner that your dog has died.

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For all animal enquiries, please contact Council's Rangers on: