Companion Animal Legislation

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Dog and Cat Annual Permit as of 1 July 2020

 As at 1 July 2020 the NSW Government will introduce annual permits to be paid by owners of dogs of a restricted breed and dogs declared dangerous.  An annual permit will also be required to be paid for cats that are not de-sexed by four months of age.  These annual permits are in addition to their one-off lifetime registration fee. 

Annual Permit Cost:

  • $195 - Dogs of a restricted breed or dogs declared dangerous
  • $80 - Cats not de-sexed by four months of age

For further information see:

Selling or giving away a dog or cat

From 1 July 2019, anyone advertising kittens, cats, puppies or dogs for sale or to give away needs to include an identification number. The new NSW Government rules state that the identification number can be either:

  • a microchip number
  • a breeder identification number OR   
  • a re-homing organisation number.

This applies to all advertisements including posters, social media sites, online sales sites such as Gumtree and newspapers.

For further information click below to visit The Department of Primary Industries Website.

Selling or giving away a cat or dog.

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The Companion Animals Act 1998 and Companion Animals Regulation 2018 outlines the framework for the delivery of effective companion animal management across New South Wales.  Details of these and other Acts and Regulations can be found on the legislation website

 The following key areas form the basis of Councils Companion Animals Management plan

  1. Ensure Council meets its responsibilities under the Companion Animals Act 1998 and Companion Animal Regulation 2018
  2. To create and promote awareness of responsible companion animal ownership
  3. To recognise the responsibilities for the management of companion animal concerns in the shire
  4. To provide facilities that recognises and balances the needs of companion animal owners, the community, protection of the environment and wildlife

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