Cat and Dog Microchipping, Registration and Change of Contact Details
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Cat and Dog Microchipping, Registration and Change of Contact Details

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Registration and Microchipping

As part of the New South Wales Companion Animals Act 1998, the State Government introduced microchipping and lifetime registration laws for all companion animals on 1 July 1999.

The Act States:

  • all dogs (except farm working dogs and greyhounds) must be microchipped and registered for life
  • puppies must be microchipped at the change of ownership or by twelve weeks of age and registered for life by six months of age
  • if you own a cat born prior to 1 July 1999 you do not have to register it for life, however all cats must be identified either by microchip or collar and tag
  • a cat sold or given away after 1 July 1999 has to be microchipped and registered for life
  • kittens born/sold after 1 July 1999 should be microchipped by twelve weeks or before change of ownership and registered for life by six months of age
  • all of your animals must wear a collar and tag at all times when outside your property.

Registration Process

If you want to keep, board, train, breed or care for animals for commercial purposes you'll need to lodge a development application and get Council's approval.

Animal Registration Payment Options

There are several ways you can pay for your animal registration:

1. Pay online at

For technical enquiries relating to the NSW Pet Registry. please contact:

Phone: 1300 134 460 between 9am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday
Office of Local Government
Locked Bag 3015
NOWRA  NSW  2541

2. Register your pet in person at Wollongong City Council cashiers, Ground Floor, 41 Burelli Street, Wollongong, and pay by cash, EFTPOS, cheque or credit card.

3. Post cheque or money order, payable to Wollongong City Council, to:

Wollongong City Council
Locked Bag 8821


Office of Local Government Lifetime Registration Fees


Registration fees can be found at 


Notification of Changes and Events by Owners of Identified Companion Animals

Owners of cats and dogs must contact Council when their pet's circumstance change. This might be the death or sale of an animal, or if you've changed address. If you don't notify Council of any changes, you can be fined.

You'll need to contact Council for the following:

  • Death of an animal - notification required within 28 days
  • Animal missing for more than 72 hours - notification required within 96 hours
  • Change of address - notification required within 14 days
  • Animal sold or given away - notification required within 14 days

For more information, contact Council on (02) 4227 7111.

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