You, Your Pet and Council
Information about keeping pets can be obtained from Council, animal welfare agencies or your vet:
- registration and microchipping
- off-leash and wildlife protection areas
- companion animals and the law
- abandoned animals
- pet information days
- being a responsible pet owner.
Registering your pet
If your pet is not microchipped, contact your vet. If your do not have your pets microchip number, contact your vet for microchip details.
On 1 July 1999 pet registration in NSW became a two step process and a one-off fee. Pet registrations are now recorded on the NSW Companion Animal Register. All NSW Councils are agents for this register.
A record is created when Council receives an identification form (download below) with the animal's microchip number, owner and animal details (this is usually sent by the owner or the veterinarian that has microchipped the animal.) At this point, the animal is only identified (step 1) and is not registered until registration payment and completed registration form is received by Council.
Pets must be registered by six months and by an owner 18 years of age or over. You will need documents to support proof of the microchip number and sterilisation for reduced fee eligibility.
Council will post a Certificate of Registration to the pet owner within 21 days. Registration tags are not issued however it is the responsibility of the owner to attach an ID tag to their pets collar displaying name & contact details.
Change of Owner:
It is the responsibility of the "old" owner to update the new owner's details on the Register. Registration fee is a one off lifetime fee, regardless if the animal changes ownership. Legislation requires owners to keep their pet's details current and correct.
Change of details information must be sent to Council in writing within 14 days. Change of details form is available from Councils and downloading here below. Alternatively, provide notification in writing containing details of new owner, proof of microchip, and signature.
Registration Payment Options:
Registration can be completed at any NSW local council. There are no telephone or website payment facilities to register your pet.
Registration and Impound Fees:
Refer to Council's Fees & Charges:
Tor NSW Companion Animal Registration enquiries contact Council's Administration Officer on (02) 9976 1525 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Owners are required to notify Council if their pet is missing. A Missing Animal Alert can be posted on the NSW Companion Animal Register. Owners are required to notify Council within 72 hours if their pet is found.
Pets and wildlife
It is important that you enjoy the company of your pet outdoors. It is also important that wildlife and the natural environment are not damaged by pets.
- Trained Assistance Animals (TAA) are allowed in any park or reserve provided they are leashed, harnessed or caged (proof of TAA status required - certification available through council offices)
- pets can damage natural areas and harm wildlife
- all other pets are generally not allowed in national parks, nature reserves, karst conservation reserves, state conservation areas or Crown reserves, except when consent is given by the park manager
- in historic sites, regional parks, state game reserves, Aboriginal areas or acquired lands, the manager of the area may authorise a person to bring a pet subject to conditions
- pet owners can take their pets through a park in a vehicle, provided that the vehicle does not stop and the pet remains within the vehicle. Pets can also be driven through a park if there is no other practical route to private property
- working dogs can travel through a park if assisting in droving stock along an authorised route
- in Aboriginal lands, entry and use of pets by the aboriginal owners may be permitted subject to conditions
- dogs must be kept on a leash in public places unless it is a designated leash-free area
- pick up your pet's faeces - animal droppings are a health hazard and a nuisance to people and pollute the environment.
You can report injured wildlife to:
Dog Prohibition Zone
To protect wildlife, Manly Council has declared that dogs are prohibited, whether or not they are leashed or otherwise controlled, in the following areas as shown in the below map:
Notices regarding the prohibition are to be displayed at reasonable intervals in the above areas. For more information about the Dog prohibition Zone visit here: