Rules and costs for microchipping and registration


Your dog or cat is required to be microchipped from the time they are 12 weeks of age, at point of sale or at change of ownership (whichever occurs first). If your dog or cat is not microchipped fines may apply.

What is microchipping?

About the size of a grain of rice, a microchip contains a unique 15 digit identification number that is quickly implanted under your pet's skin between the shoulders.

The microchip is especially helpful if your pet is lost. If found and the microchip is scanned, your pet can be identified.

There are some exemptions from microchipping including bona fide working dogs in certain areas within NSW, and greyhounds registered with the Greyhound Racing Authority.

Microchipping can only be done by an accredited person and a local vet can usually do this.

Please be aware it is important to contact us and inform us if your dog dies so we can update the register and you can avoid unnecessary fines.


Your dog or cat is required to be lifetime registered before they are six months of age. If your dog or cat is not registered fines may apply.

To register your dog or cat just call into our Corporate Centre in Goonellabah and bring your pet’s certificate of identification, which you would have received when your pet was microchipped.

You also need to bring with you proof of desexing, if this applies to your animal, and any concession card should you be seeking a pensioner rate. Pensioner rates only apply to desexed animals.

If you change address, contact details or sell or give away your pet, you must complete a change of owner or details form.

Registration is a one off payment and covers the entire life of the animal.

Current fees:

  • Not desexed dog or cat: $210
  • Desexed dog or cat: $58
  • Recognised breeder: $58
  • Recognised breeder: $55
  • Pound or eligible shelter: $29
  • Desexed dog or cat owned by an eligible pensioner*: $25

*An eligible pensioner is a person in receipt of the aged pension, war widow pension or disability pension. If you are unsure whether you are an eligible pensioner, phone us on 1300 87 83 87.

For more information, visit the Office of Local Government.