Microchipping and registering
It is essential for pet owners to microchip and register dogs and cats as it is the law and if you are identified as an owner of an unregistered animal, you may receive a fine.
Dogs and cats need to be microchipped by the time they are 12 weeks old. If you are giving away or selling a pet, even if under that age, it's your responsibility to have them microchipped.
Once animals are microchipped, dog and cat owners will receive a Certificate of Identification.
Microchipping your pet
You can contact our Customer Service Centre on 02 4921 0333 to arrange an appointment to have your pet microchiped at our Depot facility or at your home. Alternatively, you can arrange an appointment at any branch of the RSPCA or at your local vet.
Registering your pet
You pet needs to be microchipped before it is registered, and dogs and cats need to be registered by the time they are 6 months old.
- Certification of Identification, which you receive when your pet is microchipped.
- The NSW Companion Animals Register's Lifetime Registration form, which you need to complete before submitting it to us.
- Photo ID – if you're a pensioner, provide your pension card as discounted registration fees apply.
- The Desexing Certificate - if your pet is desexed, discounted registration fees apply.
Register in person
When registering your pet in person, please bring the documentation with you for us to sight.
Register by post
If you're registering your pet by post, send a copy of the documentation along with a cheque for the correct amount to:
Lake Macquarie City Council, PO Box 1906, Hunter Regional Mail Centre, NSW 2310.
You can register your pet directly with The Office of Local Government through their online pet registry website.
View companion animal registration fees.
Page last updated: 31 May 2018