Pet registration and microchipping

Golden retriever puppy

How to register a pet

Pet registrations in NSW are coordinated by NSW Pet Registry, but Council can help with updating pet details and ownership, and the relevant payments.

Registration costs

Dog registration fees

Desexed dog

$21 late fee if dog is older than 6 months

Not desexed dogs
Desexed dog owned by pensioner
Not desexed dog kept by breeder
Dog adopted from pound or shelter

Cat registration fees

Desexed cat

$21 late fee if cat is older than 6 months

Not desexed cat
Upfront fee
Annual fee
Desexed cat owned by pensioner
Not desexed cat kept by breeder
Cat adopted from pound or shelter

Annual pet permits

The NSW Government imposes annual permits for not desexed cats and restricted and/or dangerous dog breeds. This is to help promote responsible pet ownership and improve animal welfare standards.

Dog permit

Restricted or dangerous dog breed
per year

Cat permit

Not desexed cat

Does not include registered breeders or cats with medical exemptions

per year
Supporting Companion Animals

Annual fees go directly to the Companion Animals Fund which pays for local pounds and shelters, ranger services, dog recreation areas, and education programs. Find out more information on annual permits via the Office of Local Government

Microchipping information

Microchipping is a fast and harmless procedure that allows pet owners to be reunited with their dog or cat if it’s taken to a vet or Maitland Animal Management Facility. Maitland Animal Management Facility offers microchipping for all kinds of pets.

All cats and dogs must be microchipped by the time they’re 12 weeks old, or when they’re sold, whichever comes first.

Microchip transfers

It is the responsibility of the current or former owner to transfer the microchip number into the new owner’s name.

Free pet microchipping

Each year, we host pop up microchipping events to promote responsible pet ownership and improve access to pet microchipping.  

Each session is free and bookings are not required. Proof of Maitland residence, such as a driver’s licence or rates notice, should be presented upon arrival to qualify for free microchipping.  

Please make sure your dogs are on leads and cats are contained in a cat carrier when attending. If you believe your animal is aggressive or does not act well with other animals, please call the Maitland Animal Management Facility prior to attending. 

Litters cannot be microchipped at this event. If you want to bring more than two animals, please call the Maitland Animal Management Facility

Upcoming events

  • Saturday 30 September, 10am to 2pm
    Kerr Street Oval (off Logan Road), Rutherford
  • Wednesday 4 October, 10am to 2pm
    Verge Street Off Leash Park, Telarah
  • Saturday 7 October, 10am to 2pm
    Bristol Street Park, Woodberry
See Also
Lost and found animals
Adopt or desex a pet
Animal issues