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Dog & cat registration
All dogs and cats must be lifetime registered by the time they are six months old. You may lifetime register your cat or dog at any council in NSW, the RSPCA or animal welfare organisation.

Cat and dog lifetime registration fees increase each financial year in line with the Consumer Price Index, as recommended by the NSW Local Government Companion Animals Taskforce.

The current fees are:
  • Cat or dog (not desexed) $195
  • Cat or dog owned by registered breeder $53
  • Desexed cat or dog $53
  • Desexed cat or dog owned by pensioner $22   
  • Trained assistance animals - will have to be microchipped and registered but there will be no registration fee.

Registration - a two-step process
Step 1 - Microchipping your animal

Cats and dogs must be identified by microchip by 12 weeks of age.

When an animal is microchipped its identification details are entered onto the NSW Companion Animals Register. A certificate is issued to the owner receipting the entry of their animal's details.

Microchips are about the same size as a large grain of rice. They are very safe. Your pet will feel little pain as the chip is inserted under the skin between the shoulders.

When the chip is scanned, a number displayed on the scanner will be used to identify your cat or dog.

Microchipping can be arranged through your local vet or animal welfare organisation or organised at Singleton Council for $50.65.

Step 2 - Registering your animal

Lifetime registration can be made at any Council, the RSPCA or the Animal Welfare League. 

Download a registration form 

The only registration exemptions are for:
  • A cat born before 1 July 1999, other than a cat whose ownership changes after that date;
  • An animal that is ordinarily kept outside NSW, but not when the animal has been in NSW for a continuous period of at least three months; 
  • An animal in the custody of a Council pound, the Animal Welfare League, Cat Protection Society, RSPCA or any other organisation approved by the Director General by order published in the Gazette; 
  • An animal kept at a pet shop for the purposes of sale;
  • An animal kept for the purpose of sale in the course of a business conducted at a booth or stall in a market or at a fair;
  • A greyhound registered under the Greyhound Racing Act 2009;
  • A dog that is ordinarily used by a police officer on official duty;
  • An animal in the custody of an accredited research establishment within the meaning of the Animal Research Act 1985, or the holder of an animal research authority or an animal supplier's licence within the meaning of that Act; and 
  • An animal kept at a licensed animal display establishment within the meaning of the Exhibited Animals Protection Act 1986 and lawfully exhibited in accordance with that Act.

Animals covered under these exemptions are not required to be identified or registered.

Any animal which is seized and taken into the custody of a Council pound or animal shelter must be microchipped and lifetime registered before being returned to its original owner. This requirement overrides any exemptions.

Registered racing greyhounds are exempt from the microchipping and lifetime registration requirements of the Companion Animals Act 1998.

When a greyhound ceases to be a registered racing greyhound, for example after being rehomed through an adoption program,it automatically loses its exemption from the identification and lifetime registration requirements of the Companion Animals Act 1998.

NSW greyhound racing rules have been updated to require trainers to notify their local council when they transfer a former racing greyhound to a new owner.

Working Dog
The Companion Animals Act 1998 defines a working dog as a dog used primarily for the purpose of droving, tending, working or protecting stock, and includes a dog being trained as a working dog.

The Companion Animals Act 1998 does not specify a working dog to be of a particular breed.

Does my working dog have to be microchipped and registered?
If your working dog is ordinarily kept in the Western Division of NSW that does not fall within a local government area or on land rated as farmland, it does not have to be microchipped or registered. However, you should consider having your working dog microchipped and registered for its protection. You will not have to pay to register your working dog.

All other working dogs have to be microchipped and registered, however, no fee is payable to register a working dog.

A working dog that has been declared as a nuisance dog, a restricted dog or a declared dangerous or menacing dog, must be microchipped and registered with your local council.

In addition, any dog, including a working dog, that is taken into the custody of a council pound must be microchipped and registered before being returned to its owner. Where the dog is a working dog, there is no fee payable for registration.
To apply for a Working Dog Lifetime Registration a statutory declaration and accompanying questionnaire needs to be completed and forwarded to Council for further consideration.  Please note Council Officers may require an applicant to perform a demonstration of their dog's working ability.

Working Dog Statutory Declaration

Dog Accompanying Questionaire

Singleton Council
PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
Ph: 02 6578 7290