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Grace Period for new companion animal annual permits

The NSW Government has granted a 12-month grace period for the introduction of annual permits for owners of non-de-sexed cats and dangerous and restricted dogs to allow pet owners more time to prepare for this change.‚Äč

“On 1 July 2019 the NSW Government introduced an annual permit scheme which now means owners of non-de-sexed cats and dangerous and restricted dogs must apply for an annual permit to own these animals”, said Warrumbungle Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Denis Todd. “As this change is quite significant the NSW Government has announced a 12 month grace period for owners to acquire this permit.”

This means that from 1 July 2020 owners of cats not de-sexed by four months of age will be required to pay an $80 annual permit in addition to the one-off lifetime pet registration fee. Any owners of dogs of a restricted breed or declared to be dangerous will be required to pay a $195 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.

“The aim of this 12 month grace period is to allow for education and awareness programs to inform the many pet owners across the state which may be affected by these annual permits. In the case of cats, this period will also provide time for owners to ensure their pets are de-sexed”, said Cr Todd.

Cr Todd said, “this new permit scheme will create a stronger incentive for pet owners to de-sex cats, which will help address concerns around feral, stray and roaming cats, and will also discourage community members from owning dangerous or restricted dogs.”

“The scheme will encourage our local community members to look after their pets, while reducing the risk of dangerous dogs and stray cats, which is a positive measure for our rural communities”, Cr Todd concluded. 

Any enquires regarding the annual permit scheme please contact Council Rangers on (02) 6849 2000.

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Last Updated: 10 Sep 2019

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