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Animal Registration Information

Warrumbungle Shire Council collects registration charges as set out in the Companion Animals Act (1998).  All animals are registered on a central database for the whole of NSW.

Lifetime Registration


Owners of dogs are required to identify (microchip) their dogs at 3 months of age or before they are sold or given away. This means that when purchasing or receiving a companion animal (cat or dog) the person selling or giving away that animal is guilty of an offence if the animal has not been permanently identified before the transaction is finalised.

Registration is required at 6 months of age or if one of the following occurs before 6 months:

  1. The dog is impounded
  2. The dog is declared dangerous;  or
  3. The dog is declared a nuisance

Under the Companion Animals Act 1998, dogs that meet the definition of a 'working dog' are exempt from microchipping and registering when:

  1. the working dog resides on land defined and rated as farmland under the Local Government Act 1993,  or
  2. the working dog is kept in the Western Division of NSW, being not within a local government area

All working dogs MUST be microchipped and registered.  However, registration is free.

Complete this Declaration form and return to Council to declare your dog(s) as working animals.

Register your cat or dog online and give them the best chance of being returned home

Owners now has access to the NSW Pet Registry to register your pet, update your contact details, report your pet missing, transfer ownership and pay most lifetime registration fees from your computer or mobile device.

Take a few simple steps to make sure your pet's registration is up-to-date by creating an account with the NSW Pet Registry to check or update any details.

Last Updated: 05 Jul 2023