Animal Microchipping and Registration

Avoid fines and ensure your cat or dog is microchipped and lifetime registered.  It's not just a legal requirement, it gives your dog/cat a much better chance of being recovered if lost, hurt or stolen.  

Register your dog or cat online


A microchip is a tiny rice grain-sized pellet ‘chip’ which is injected under the skin of your pet.  Owner and animal details are contained in the microchip.  Microchip scanning devices are held by vets, council and some animal shelters. 

Microchip details are recorded in the NSW Pet Registry.

Microchipping must take place by 12 weeks of age or at point of sale/change of owner (whichever comes first).

You can get it done at any of the following places:

  • Council’s Animal Shelter - drop in during opening hours and get your pet microchipped for $57 or $44 for eligible pensioners (persons in receipt of aged, war widows or disability pension).
  • Vets, animal welfare organisations also perform microchipping.

Permanent Identification 

After microchipping, you will be issued with a 'pink' copy of the Permanent Identification form.  Whoever microchipped your pet will enter details onto the NSW Pet Registry.

Creating a Profile

Once the vet enters the microchip details on the NSW Pet Registry the owner can immediately go online, create a profile and claim their pet. 

Once this has been done the NSW Pet Registry enables the pet owner to:

  • create an owner profile
  • update their contact details
  • transfer ownership of pets
  • report their pet missing, and
  • pay most lifetime registration fees online. 

More information on the NSW Pet Registry;


Dogs and cats must be lifetime registered with council, dogs on or before 6 months of age, cats on or before 4 months of age.  They must be microchipped first. Registration can be paid online at NSW Pet Registry via online owner profile or can be paid to Council.


Online registration is a convenient way to register your pet.  To use our online registration you must be able pay fees by credit card, live in the Sutherland Shire and be able to upload required documents.

Register your dog or cat online

Alternatively, complete the registration form (pdf) with required documentation and submit it with payment: 

  • Council Customer Service Counter Monday to Friday (8.30am to 4.30pm).
  • At the Sutherland Shire Animal Shelter Monday to Friday (1pm to 5pm),and Saturday (9am to 2pm)
  • At any council in NSW.
  • Or by post to Sutherland Shire Council, Locked Bag 17, Sutherland NSW 1499 (cheques or money orders to be made to Sutherland Shire Council).
  • On the NSW Pet Registry Website via your owner log in

Required documentation

  • Certificate of Identification or a copy of the Permanent Identification form or Unregistered Animal Notification Letter.   
  • Lifetime registration fee (see table below).
  • Proof of desexing (if applicable).
  • Proof of pensioner concession (if applicable).

Registration fees

Registration fees are used by council to provide animal management related services to the community.  

Non-desexed dog or cat - $195
Desexed dog or cat - $53
Desexed dog or cat owned by pensioner - $22
Desexed animal sold by eligible pound or shelter - $26.50
Registered breeder - $53
Assistance animal - Free
Working dog - Free

Once details and payment are verified we will update the NSW Pet Registry. You can view and print your Certificate of Registration online NSW Pet Registry.

Owning multiple dogs

There are no legal restrictions on the number of dogs that are allowed to be kept on private property however keeping multiple dogs on a property have a negative impact on your neighbours.

Council may act on complaints about noise or environmental health issues related to keeping multiple dogs on private property.


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Animal Registrations (Online)



Animal Registrations (Online)

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