Manage your pet registrations & permits

About pet registration

Under New South Wales law, pet cats and dogs must be microchipped and then registered. If your pet is registered and your details are up to date, it can be safely returned to you if it gets lost.

Before you can register your pet, it must first be microchipped by a vet or authorised identifier. Microchips are the size of a grain of rice and are implanted under your pet’s skin. Each microchip has a unique number that can be read with a scanner, like a barcode at the supermarket.

All cats and dogs must be microchipped by 12 weeks of age or before being sold or given away.

All cats and dogs must be registered by six months of age. The registration fee is a once-only, lifetime payment, even if pet ownership changes.

How to register a dog or cat

You can register your cat or dog online or over the counter at your local council.

Online: Go to the NSW Pet Registry. You will need to prove your identity using your driver’s licence, Medicare card or passport. 

Over the counter: You can register your pet in person at Kempsey Shire Council’s Customer Service Centre at 22 Tozer Street, West Kempsey. 

You will receive your certificate of registration once your cat or dog is registered.

Registration fees

A registration fee is paid only once in the life of your animal. Please note you can be issued with an on-the-spot fine if you have an unregistered animal.

The NSW Government sets all registration fees and these are updated on 1 July each year.

Registration type

Fee from July 2021

Dogs

 

Dog – Desexed (by relevant age)

$66

Dog – Desexed (by relevant age – eligible pensioner*)

$27

Dog – Desexed (sold by pound/shelter)

$0

Dog – Not desexed or desexed after relevant age

$224

Dog – Not desexed (not recommended by vet)

$66

Dog – Not desexed (recognised breeder)

$66

Dog – Working

$0

Assistance animal/service of the state

$0

Cats

 

Cat – Desexed or not desexed

$56

Cat – Desexed or not desexed (eligible pensioner*)

$27

Cat – Desexed (sold by pound/shelter)

$0

Cat – Not desexed (not recommended by vet)

$56

Cat – Not desexed (recognised breeder)

$56

Registration late fee
 $18

* An eligible pensioner includes a person who receives the aged pension, war widow pension or disability pension. If you are unsure whether you are an eligible pensioner, please contact Kempsey Shire Council.

Change of ownership or other details

If you are the new owner of a dog or cat, or you need to update your contact information, you must complete a Change of Owner/Details form. This form is available on the NSW Pet Registry website.

Please email a scanned copy of your completed form to ksc@kempsey.nsw.gov.au or take a copy in person to Council’s Customer Service centre at 22 Tozer Street, West Kempsey.

Annual permits

From 1 July 2020, some pet owners will be required to pay for an annual permit in addition to their one-off pet registration fee. This applies to:

  • restricted dog breeds and dogs formally declared dangerous – $197 annual permit
  • non-desexed cats more than four months old – $81 annual permit

Exemptions

You do not have to obtain an annual permit if:

  • your cat was registered by 1 July 2020
  • your cat is kept for breeding purposes and you are a member of a recognised breeding body
  • your cat cannot be desexed for medical reasons

Obtaining your permit

To pay for your annual permit, go to the NSW Pet Registry website.

Permit fees will go directly to the Companion Animals Fund, which pays for companion animal management by local councils, including pounds and shelters, ranger services, dog recreation areas, and education and awareness programs. The fund is also used to operate the NSW Pet Registry and carry out responsible pet ownership initiatives.