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Microchipping & Registration

All puppies born or dogs purchased, must be permanently identified with a microchip

  • by 12 weeks of age,
  • point of sale, OR
  • change of ownership, which ever occurs first.

Under the NSW Companion Animals Act 1998, all dogs and cats which are born or who change owners after the 1 July 1999 will need to be microchipped and registered. The exemption being, if you already owned your cat at this date it is not compulsory.

Microchipping is carried out by a vet or any authorized implanter and is painless. It is about the size of a grain of rice and is usually placed between the shoulders similar to them receiving immunisation injections. It enables vets and other animal workers to reunite pets with their owners. The bar code on the microchip that is implanted by your vet has all of the information you supplied at the time.

NOTE: for this reason it is very important that should your details change at any time, you contact your local council and advise them so amendments can be made.

After microchipping you will be issued with the 'pink' copy of the Permanent Identification form. The vet or other authorised person/organisation also keeps a copy and sends another copy to council so notification of the microchip and owner details can be recorded on the NSW Companion Animal Register. The council will send out a Certificate of Identification. If you do not receive this certificate, please contact us to ensure details have been lodged.

NSW Companion Animal Register

Get the microchip checked
We also recommend that about 7-10 days after your animal has been microchipped you take your pet to a vet or to Council's Animal Shelter to have the animal re-scanned to ensure the chip has not fallen out which can sometimes happen before the wound from the needle has healed. It is free to have an animal scanned to check a microchip.

I'm not sure if my dog/cat is microchipped?
Have your animal scanned by your vet or our ranger. Then the appropriate inquiries will be made to verify any existing microchip or if none found you are to arrange to get your animal microchipped..

What if I fail to microchip my dog or cat?
Penalties apply. $165 fine CAA- 8(3)

Should microchipped animals still wear a collar/tag?
Yes. You should always ensure your dog or cat wears a collar and tag stating the animal’s name and your phone number.

Penalties apply. $165 fine CAA- 12(2)

Lifetime Registration

When must dogs or cats be registered?
Your dog/cat must be lifetime registered on or before six months of age. You a committing an offence every day the dog/cat remains unregistered.

What if I fail to register my dog or cat?
Penalties apply. $275 CAA- 9(1) OR CAA -10B(2)

Where can I register my dog or cat?
If your pet requires registration contact Uralla Shire Council on 6778 6300.
You must provide the following:

  • Certificate of Identification, a copy of the Permanent Identification form (microchipping papers received from the vet when you had your animal microchipped) or Notice to Comply Animal Registration.
  • Registration fee (a one off payment
  • Proof of desexing (if applicable) - a discount applies if your dog or cat has been desexed
  • Proof of pensioner concession (if applicable - discount applies if you are on a pension) (e.g. aged pension, war widow pension or disability pension)

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

Fees as at 01 July 2015

Non-desexed dog/cat $192
Desexed dog/cat (proof required) $52
Desexed dog/cat owned by pensioner (proof required) $21
Recognised breeder (proof required) $52
Working dog (proof required) Nil
Assistance animal (proof required) Nil                 

Once details and payment are processed we will update the NSW Companion Animal Register and send you a Certificate of Registration.

NSW Companion Animal Register

  • Reporting change of details to us concerning your registered dog or cat relating to
  • change of address or contact phone details
  • lost or found
  • death

The animal's microchip number must be provided along with registered address details. Registration makes sure your pet is provided with all the protection and regulation that the Companion Animals Act and Council can provide. The Act provides Council with a range of powers and responsibilities to ensure companion animals and their owners coexist with other members of the community who chose not to own cats or dogs.

Please note that microchipping is not registration.

Benefits of dog registration

Registration clearly identifies the dog as yours. If your pet becomes lost, Council will be able to notify you of your dog's whereabouts.

Registration fees are used to provide services such as:

  • Straying dogs being collected and re-united with their owner
  • Dog attack assistance and investigations
  • Resolving neighbourhood disputes in regards to animal matters
  • Attending to roaming/trespassing livestock matters
  • Public education about responsible pet ownership
  • Maintenance of leash free areas
  • Compliance education and enforcement with local laws for the local community

What to do if you sell or give away your Cat/Dog
It is the responsibility of the 'old' owner (the person selling or giving away the animal) to notify the change. A form with Council needs to be signed by the 'old' owner as well as the new owner. Failure to notify council of the change may result in fines.

If you are an owner of a restricted or dangerous dog please contact Council on 6778 6300.