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Pet Registration


Why Register Your Dog or Cat?

Under the Companion Animals Act 1998 NSW you are required to register your Cat or Dog with the NSW Companion Animals Register.

The permanent identification and lifetime registration system is a central databse of pet ownership. The system assists authorities in returning lost and injured animals to their owners.

It provides NSW councils with a more effective means of keeping track of dogs and cats for the benefit of the wider community.

How to Register Your Pet

1. Have your animal microchipped

Microchipping should be done by 12 weeks of age, when the animal is purchased, or ownership transferred. Microchipping is a safe and almost painless procedure best performed by a vet.

2. Complete the Permanent Identification 

The P1A Permanent Identification Form is available from Office of Local Government - Mircochipping and Registration or at Council's Customer Service Counter.

This form requires information regarding;

  • The animals' species and breed
  • Distinctive marks and description of the animal
  • The owners primary and secondary contact details
  • The normal address of the animal

3. Complete the Lifetime Registration Application Form

The R2 - Lifetime Registration Form is available from the NSW Government - Division of Local Government Companion Animals Webpage or at Council's Customer Service Counter.

4. Submit your application for Registration to Council

The following information is required:

  • Lifetime Registration Application form
  • Proof of sterilisation (e.g. desexing certificate)
  • Microchip details
  • Pensioner details or membership to a recognised breeders organisation (if applying for a discount)
  • Relevant registration fees

The Companion Animal Legislation encourages responsible pet ownership of which desexing your animal is an important component.

Registration applications can be made in person at Lane Cove Council's Civic Centre or submitted via post to Lane Cove Council, PO BOX 20, Lane Cove NSW 1595.

5. Receive your Certificate of Lifetime Registration

After you have paid your registration fee, Council will update the companion Animal Register and forward a Certificate of Lifetime Registration to you. 

6. Maintain your details in the Companion Animal Register

If you move, or sell the animal be sure to notify your local Council of the details so the register can be updated.  Forms for Change of Address (C3C) and Change of Ownership (C3A or C3B) are available from the NSW Government - Office of Local Government, Dogs & Cats Webpage.