Animal Responsibility

Microchipping and Registration

Your pet relies on you to provide care, food, water, shelter, routine veterinary checkups and exercise. It is imperative, and required by law, that you also microchip and lifetime register your pet. This ensures your pet has the best chance of being returned if it is lost. 

Step one: How to microchip your pet For free

Both cats and dogs must be microchipped at the time of sale and the transfer of ownership or at 12 weeks of age, whichever comes first.

A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and contains a unique 15-digit identification number that is quickly implanted under your pet's skin, between the shoulders. In the event a pet is lost or stolen, the microchip can be scanned when they are found.

The information on the microchip will then be added to the online NSW Pet Registry. This information is important, as it can be used to help pet owners be reunited with their lost or stolen pets.

There are three City of Parramatta officers who can microchip your pet for free in the convenience of your home if you live within the Local Government Area. To book an appointment:

e: council@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au
p: 9806 5050

Step Two: How to register your pet for Lifetime Registration 

Once your pet is six months old, it also needs to be registered with City of Parramatta.

To register your pet, you will need:

  • A Certificate of Identification
  • A completed Lifetime Registration (R2) Form
  • Proof your pet has been desexed, if applicable (e.g. Certificate of Sterilisation or receipt containing microchip number from a vet or a statutory declaration from a previous owner stating that the cat or dog has been desexed)
  • Any document entitling you to a discount (pensioner concession card, veterans card, registered breeder membership card etc).
  • If claiming the pound or shelter rate, proof of purchase after 29th October 2015 and from listed organisations stated below**

Here are some of the ways you can register your pet:

Online through the NSW Pet Registry website

1. Create a Pet Profile on the NSW Pet Registry
2. Verify your Identity
3. Claim your pet as their owner
4. Register Pet online and Pay Registration Fee

For more information, please access our User Guide.

In person at any NSW Local Council

Methods of payments accepted by City of Parramatta Council are: cash, credit card, EFTPOS, cheque or money order. Councils Customer Service Centre can be located at 126 Church Street, Parramatta between the hours of 8.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Send to City of Parramatta Council

You can send the completed documentation accompanied with a cheque, money order or credit card details (complete the Credit Card Authorisation form) to:

Council will then complete the necessary paperwork on behalf of the NSW State Government and forward you a Certificate of Registration

Registration fees are:

  • $207 for undesexed cats and dogs 
  • $57 for desexed cats and dogs
  • $57 Animal not desexed under 6 months of age*
  • $57 for dogs or cats owned by registered breeders
  • $28.50 for desexed dogs and cats sold by eligible pound or shelter**
  • $24 for desexed dogs and cats owned by pensioner
  • $0 for guide and assistance animals***, working dogs and registered greyhounds

*Enables pet owners intending to have their cat or dog desexed to access the discounted registration fee. The pet must be desexed and the Pet Registry updated before the pet reaches 6 months of age.  If desexing does not occur, then the additional fee of $150 applies. Where the pet is not desexed or the additional fee not paid, the registration is cancelled and penalties may apply.

**An eligible pound or shelter includes a NSW council pound, the Animal Welfare League NSW, the Cat Protection Society of NSW Inc. and the RSPCA NSW. This is for dog and cats that have been purchased after 29th October 2015 from these shelters or any other organisation that is, for the time being, designated as a rehoming organisation by the departmental Chief Executive under Sect 88B

***An assistance animal includes guide dogs, a dog trained to assist a person in activities where hearing is required, and any other animal trained by a recognised training organisation to assist a person to alleviate the effect of a disability.

Change of Address or Owner 

If your pet is microchipped, make sure your address and contact telephone numbers are up to date with the register by updating your pet's information online.

If you have sold or settled your pet in a new home, you can complete and print a change of owner form send to: