Animal registration

In New South Wales, all cats and dogs, other than exempt cats and dogs, must be registered by six months of age. This one-off registration fee covers the cat or dog for its lifetime in NSW, regardless of any changes in ownership. Owners are encouraged to desex their animals. A reduced fee applies to desexed animal registrations.

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Online

Step 1.Gather your documents

To register your pet online go to NSW Pet Registry or email electronic copies of the following to Council

  • Certificate of Identification, which you receive when your pet is microchipped
  • Completed Lifetime Registration form(PDF, 157KB)
  • Pensioner Concession Card, if you're a pensioner wishing to claim a discounted registration fee
  • Sterilisation Certificate, if your pet is desexed and you're wishing to claim a discounted registration fee

Step 2.Pay

Upon receiving your documents we'll contact you for payment.

In person

Step 1.Gather your documents

To register your pet, you'll need the following:

  • Certificate of Identification, which you receive when your pet is microchipped
  • Completed NSW Companion Animals Register Lifetime Registration form(PDF, 157KB)
  • Pensioner Concession Card, if you’re a pensioner wishing to claim a discounted registration fee
  • Sterilisation Certificate, if your pet is desexed and you’re wishing to claim a discounted registration fee

Step 2.Visit us

Bring your documents to our Customer Service Centre, 126-138 Main Road, Speers Point.

In light of restrictions caused by COVID-19, access to our Customer Service desk in Council's Administration Building is by appointment only. If you require assistance from our Customer Service Centre please contact them on 02 4921 0333.

Post

Step 1.Gather your documents

To register your pet, you'll need the following:

  • Certificate of Identification, which you receive when your pet is microchipped
  • Completed NSW Companion Animals Register Lifetime Registration form(PDF, 157KB)
  • Pensioner Concession Card, if you’re a pensioner wishing to claim a discounted registration fee
  • Sterilisation Certificate, if your pet is desexed and you’re wishing to claim a discounted registration fee

Step 2.Send

Send a copy of your documents and a cheque for the correct amount to Lake Macquarie City Council, Box 1906, HRMC, NSW, 2310. Alternatively, if you are unable to send a cheque we will contact you for payment upon receiving your documents.

Annual Permit

NSW Government now require owners of cats not desexed by four months of age to pay an $80 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee. Similarly, owners of dogs of a restricted breed or formally declared to be dangerous are required to pay a $195 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.

Annual permits can be paid online through NSW Pet Registry or by emailing a completed Annual Permit(PDF, 107KB) form to Council. Upon receiving a copy of the annual permit we will contact you to confirm payment. 

Change of address

If you have moved and need to update the registration details of your pet, you can email a completed Change of address(PDF, 315KB) form or update the details through NSW Pet Registry

Change of owner/owner's details

If you sell or give your pet to a new owner, you can email a completed Change of Owner form(PDF, 69KB) or update the owner details through NSW Pet Registry.