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Registration and microchipping

Collar and name tag

A dog or cat that is away from the premises of the owner must wear a collar and tag. The tag must show the name of the dog or cat, and address or telephone number of the owner.


In accordance with the NSW Companion Animals Act 1998, companion animals are required to be microchipped by 12 weeks of age, or before being sold or given away, whichever happens first. Microchipping can be done at almost every local veterinary clinic.

A microchip is a subcutaneous full duplex electronic radio transponder. Modern microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are implanted beneath the animal's skin between the shoulders. No personal information is stored on the microchip - only the unique identification number.

An implanted microchip does not cause any ongoing pain or discomfort to your cat or dog. The microchip does not require a battery or any maintenance and is designed to last the life of your pet.

If you fail to have your cat or dog microchipped when required to do so, you may be issued with a Notice and the associated fine.

Lifetime registration

Lifetime registration of your animal is the next step after microchipping and is required by the age of six months. Registering your animal is the key to ensuring they get home safe and sound. Registration is simple.

All councils in New South Wales are agents for the NSW Government register that records the identification and registration of dogs and cats. All dogs and cats must be microchipped and lifetime registered under the Companion Animals Act 1998.

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.

To distinguish your working dog from a general companion animal you will need to provide some records to Council such as the type of stock being worked, locations, dates, times and duration your dog is officially working other than being securely chained on a residential property. While the exemption applies, these dogs are valuable animals and owners are encouraged to have their dogs microchipped and registered for the dog’s own protection.

Assistance dogs are used to provide assistance to people with a disability to help alleviate the effect of that disability. Whilst these dogs provide an important service that helps people with a disability participate in personal and public life activities to a greater extent, they are still required to be microchipped and registered. However, there is an exemption of registration fees, provided the dog is accredited by a relevant animal training organisation. Further information is provided at:

Discounted registration fees apply to desexed cats or dogs. Having your cat or dog desexed prior to registration helps to reduce straying, fighting, aggression and antisocial behaviour such as spraying to mark territory. It also helps to reduce the number of unwanted pets born each year.

When you register you will need:

  • a completed registration form
  • document to verify your pets microchip details
  • document to verify your pet is desexed (if applicable)
  • document to verify any reduced fee you may be entitled to.

Registration type

Registration fee

Desexed animal


Recognised breeder


Pensioner with desexed animal


Non-desexed animal


Desexed animal purchased/obtained from an eligible pound


*Fees are subject to change.

Paying fees

Lifetime registration fees can be paid at any of the following Council locations:

  • Customer Service Centre - Vulcan Street, Moruya - 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday - phone: 4474 1000
  • Narooma Depot - 32 Glasshouse Rocks Road, Narooma - 8.30am to 12pm, 1pm to 3pm, Monday to Thursday - phone: 4476 4144
  • Batemans Bay Depot - 150 Princes Highway, Batemans Bay - 8.30am to 12pm, 1pm to 3pm, Monday to Thursday - phone: 4472 4035.

If you fail to register your cat or dog when required to do so, you may be issued with a fixed penalty notice of $305.00, or a Court may award a maximum penalty of up to $5,500.00, or up to $6,500.00 if your dog is a restricted dog or a declared dangerous or menacing dog.

Updating your dog or cat's details

You have a responsibility to ensure that the information on the NSW Companion Animals Register is up to date.

Change of owner and address forms are available at the above Council locations.

We can help you

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