Introduction of annual permits for non-desexed cats and dangerous/restricted dogs
The NSW Government is committed to promoting responsible pet ownership and improving animal welfare standards.
From 1 July 2020 the Government will introduce annual permits for owners of non-desexed cats, restricted dog breeds, and dogs declared to be dangerous.
This means that owners of cats not desexed by four months of age will be required to pay an $80 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.
Owners of dogs of a restricted breed or declared to be dangerous will be required to pay a $195 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee. This applies to dogs that are already registered.
Pet owners will be able to pay for annual permits using the online NSW Pet Registry, or through their local council. Annual permits are not available from Service NSW.
Anyone registering a cat on the NSW Pet Registry will be informed that they must pay for an $80 annual permit if their animal is not desexed by four months of age.
Exemptions will be in place for cats that are registered by 1 July 2020, cats kept for breeding purposes by members of recognised breeding bodies, and cats which cannot be desexed for medical reasons.
Why are annual permits being introduced?
Annual permits will create a stronger incentive to desex cats, which in turn will improve their health and wellbeing, and reduce behaviours such as roaming and aggression.
Improving desexing rates and preventing unwanted litters will also ease the burden on pounds and shelters, reduce euthanasia rates, and help to address concerns about feral and stray cats and their effect on wildlife.
Placing further control measures on dangerous and restricted dogs will serve as a further disincentive to owning high-risk dogs and encourage owners to better manage the behaviour of their animal.
Annual permits were to be implemented from 1 July 2019, however, the Government announced a 12-month grace period to give affected pet owners more time to prepare for their introduction.
Annual permit fees will go directly to the Companion Animals Fund which pays for companion animal management by local councils including pounds/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.
SELLING OR GIVING AWAY A CAT OR DOG?
THE RULES HAVE CHANGED
From 1 July 2019, any advertisements will need to include either:
A breeder identification number or
A re-homing organisation number
- How old the animal is
- Where you want to advertise
- Whether you are a hobby or professional breeder; or your cat or dog has an accidental or one-off litter
- Whether or not you bred the animal
- Whether or not the animal you are selling or re-homing has been born yet.
To find out more about the changes, visit
Companian Animals Microchipping and Registration
Microchipping and Registration is a two step process that requires cat and dog owners to:
- Have their animals implanted with a microchip by the time they are 12 weeks of age, at point of sale, or change of ownership (whichever occurs first)
- Animals can be microchpped at your local vet or by Council’s Ranger
- Register their animals with the NSW local Council by six months of age.
Fines are applicable for offences relating to companion animals. Therefore, to avoid fines being issued, Council encourages the registration of all cats and dogs.
The lifetime registration fees are set by the legislation, not councils, for enquiries regarding current lifetime registration fees or microchipping fees please phone Council’s Regulatory Officer (Ranger) on 0418 684 710 (follow the prompts after hours) or by contacting Council on (02) 6828 1399.
NOTE – If you are claiming a reduced registration fee, you must provide the following proof:
- Desexed – a certificate from your vet confirming your pet is desexed will be required to register a desexed animal.
- Pensioner – a copy of your current pension card and a confirmation certificate from your vet that your pet is desexed will be required to register your pet under the pensioner concession.
- Recognised Breeder – proof of current membership of Dogs NSW, NSW Cat Fanciers Association, Waratah State Cat Alliance or any other body approved by the Chief Executive, and documentation verifying the cat or dog is of a breed accepted by the recognised breeder body, and a signed statement from the member that the animal is to be kept for breeding purposes.