Companion Animals Act

Information Available on:

NSW Office of Local Government – Responsible Pet Ownership website has further information on the Companion Animals Regulation Act, fees that are in force and how to register your dog or cat, including the Lifetime Registration R2 Form.

 Regulations for Dog Owners

  • All pups and dog sold or given away after 1st July 1999 must be micro-chipped and registered for life.
  • All other dogs (except farm working dogs on rural properties and greyhounds) must be micro-chipped and registered for life within 3 years from 1st July 1999. These dogs must continue to be registered each year with a local council until they are micro-chipped.
  • When away from your property your dog MUST
    • Wear a collar and registration tag
    • Be controlled on a leash (except in council off-leash areas)
  • Dogs are prohibited from
    • Eating areas
    • School or child care grounds
    • Wildlife protection areas
    • Within 10metres of playground equipment
  • A local council can declare a dog to be a nuisance if it is established that the dog repeatedly barks, damages other people's property or chases people, animals or vehicles. To report a nuisance dog please contact Council's Customer Service team on 02 4934 9700.  

Regulations for Cat Owners

  • All cats sold or given away and all kittens should be micro-chipped and lifetime registered from 1st July 1999.
  • Cats must be micro-chipped before they are registered.
  • If you already own a cat it does not have to be registered but should be identified either by micro-chip or collar and identification tag.
  • Cats are prohibited from public areas where food is produced or consumed and from wildlife protection areas.
  • A local council can declare a cat to be a nuisance if it is established the cat is persistently making a noise that unreasonably interferes with the wellbeing of neighbours or if it repeatedly damages other people's property. To report a nuisance cat please contact Council's Customer Service team on 02 4934 9700. 

Micro-chipping your pet

  • The aim of compulsory micro-chipping is to ensure that all owned animals have a means of permanent identification, which cannot be lost or tampered with.
  • Micro-chipping is like a vaccination for your pet, it takes seconds to put the chip in the back of your pet's neck.
  • Micro-chipping is low-cost, shop around for the price and service you need.
  • You can get your pets chipped at
    • Your local vet
    • Some animal welfare organisations
  • The number in the chip is read by scanners and will identify the pet's owners through a central registry.
  • Only authorised people can access the pet micro-chip registry, the information about your pet will be used if your cat or dog is lost, stolen or hurt.
  • Dogs and cats must be micro-chipped before they can be lifetime registered.  

In NSW, all cats and dogs, other than exempt cats and dogs, must be microchipped by 12 weeks of age or before being sold or given away, whichever happens first.

How do I update my pets microchip registration details?

If your animal is lost, stolen or hurt, Council can use the animal’s registered microchip details to contact you.

If you’ve moved house, changed your home phone number or mobile number then you need to advise Council of those changes using the change of address details form available on Council’s website.

If you have purchased or been given the pet, you need to ensure that the previous owner or breeder sends Council a completed and signed change of ownership form. For peace of mind, you can make your own inquiries with Council to ensure that the owners details have been transferred.

Note: you will need the Microchip Number given to you at the time the microchip was implanted. If you no longer have the microchip number you will need to make prior arrangements with a vet, the RSPCA or Council to have the chip scanned.

The more information and contact numbers available on the registration system the more likely you are to have your pet returned to you.

Registration of pets

By registering your animal you can help to make sure that both your pet and your community have the benefit of information, assistance and regulation to ensure that their rights and needs are protected.

  • After 1st July 1999 lifetime registration is necessary for all puppies, kittens and any dogs and cats which are sold or given away.
  • The dog, cat, puppy or kitten must be micro-chipped before it is lifetime registered.
  • Registration fees are set by the NSW Government. Current fees for registration are provided on the NSW Office of Local Government website
  • Trained assistance animals such as seeing eye or hearing dogs will be required to be micro-chipped and registered but there will be no registration fee charged.  

All cats and dogs, other than exempt cats and dogs, must be registered by six months of age.

The registration fee is a once-only payment, which covers the cat or dog for its lifetime in NSW, regardless of any changes in ownership.

You are encouraged to have your cat or dog desexed before registering it.

Dog Exercise Areas

Council has recently adopted a new Off Leash Dog Exercise Area Strategy. Click here to download the pdf.


  • Please ensure you pick up and dispose of your dog faeces in the disposal bins provided. Failure to do so may result in a $200.00 fine.
  • Please remember that you are still required to have control over your dog in off leash areas.
  • Please note the provisions of the off leash areas do not apply to declared dangerous and restricted dogs. Failure to comply may result in a $440.00 fine.
  • At all times please ensure that your dog wears a collar and tag. Failure to do so may result in a $110.00 fine.
  • Please take note of the Council signs erected in the off leash areas. 



A&D Lawrence Oval - Thornton

AJ Baker Park - Alliance Street, East Maitland

Bakers Brick yard Quarry - Raworth


Les Circuit - Gillieston heights

The Esplanade - Lorn

Rathluba Lagoon - Rathluba

Verge Street - Telarah