Buying or adopting a new pet is a delight, but it does come with responsibilities. Make sure you're ready to take on an animal and that you have the right house for the breed you're choosing. Find out what you can do to keep your pet, your neighbours and your community happy.

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Microchip and register
Transfer and claim ownership
Responsible pet ownership

Microchip and register

In NSW all dogs and cats must be microchipped and registered. Registration is a once-only payment, which covers the cat or dog for its lifetime, regardless of any changes in ownership.

Microchipping and registration is a two-step process:

STEP 1: Take your pet to a Vet to be microchipped by the time it is 12 weeks old. As part of the process, they will add your pets details to the NSW Pet Registry.

STEP 2: Login and register your dog or cat before they are 6 months old. To register online you will need to create an account on the NSW Pet Registry and claim your pet. This an online database of microchipped and registered cats and dogs that live in NSW. Alternatively, you can lodge a Lifetime Registration Form (see Forms & Resources below) with Council via email or in person at Council’s Glenbrook or Katoomba offices. 

Desexing & Reduced Registration Fees


You may choose to have your pet desexed in order to pay a reduced registration fee. To qualify for the reduced fee you need to desex your dog by 6 months of age and your cat by 4 months of age. Exemptions to the age limits are available for medical reasons, Pension card holders and rescue dogs and cats from  eligible pounds, shelters or re-homing organisations. 

Transfer and claim ownership

Setup an account or login to NSW Pet Registry to transfer the ownership. The current owner of the pet must transfer ownership first. This is best done on the day that you pick up the new pet. The new owner must then login as soon possible to claim ownership.

Once you have an account you can log back in at any time to keep your contact details and profile up to date. Up to date details give your pet the best chance of being returned home if they are lost or injured.

If you do not have online access you can lodge a Change of Owner / Details Form with Council.

Responsible pet ownership 

As an owner or person in charge of a dog or cat, it is your responsibility to make sure that your pet does not create a nuisance by noise or otherwise.

The intermittent and piercing nature of a dog's bark can be very disruptive for close neighbours. Understanding why your dog is barking and what you can do to identify and remove triggers is essential. When you are out and about with your dog, make sure it is leashed and under control. Take your dog to dog friendly and leash free parks. Pick up your dog’s waste so nobody steps in it.

Dogs may be permitted in outdoor dining areas (the business owner decides). They are not allowed inside food consumption or preparation areas, the National Park, wildlife protection areas, school or children’s playgrounds or within 10 metres of children's play equipment. Look out for and observe dog prohibition areas. Fines may apply if your dog is found somewhere it shouldn’t be.

Cats are hunters and an important factor in the decline of native animal populations. All cat owners are encouraged to keep their cats indoors at night, to not feed stray cats and to have your cat cared for properly when you’re away on holidays. Cats should be kept out of wildlife protection areas that is all National Parks, bushland areas and some parks and reserves. They are not permitted in food businesses - consumption or preparation areas.

Subsidised desexing, microchipping and vaccinations

Give your cat or dog the best chance at a happy and healthy life.
For a limited time only, Blue Mountains pet owners with a pension or health care card are entitled to subsidised desexing, microchipping and vaccinations. This is part of the RSPCA’s NSW Community Animal Welfare Scheme (CAWS). Please see this flyer for more information and list of participating vets.
This year’s program runs from 21st February to 30th June 2022

Annual permits for non-desexed cats and dangerous/restricted dogs

On 1 July 2020, the NSW Government introduced annual permits for non desexed cats, cats desexed after four months of age and Restricted & Declared Dangerous dogs.

  • owners of non-desexed cats are required to obtain an $85 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.
  • owners of dogs of a restricted breed or declared to be dangerous will be required to pay a $206 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.
  • pet owners will be able to pay for annual permits using the NSW Pet Registry website or through their local council.

Exemptions are in place for cats that are desexed by 1 July 2020, those kept for breeding purposes, cats which cannot be de-sexed at four months for medical reasons, cats owned by pensioners and rescue cats from eligible pounds, shelters or re-homing organisations. 

This will serve as a further disincentive to owning high-risk dogs and encourage owners to better manage the behaviour of their animal.

Annual permits can be obtained using the NSW Pet Registry website or through Blue Mountains City Council.

Annual permit fees will go directly to the Companion Animals Fund which pays for companion animal management by local councils including pounds/shelters, ranger services, dog recreation areas, and education and awareness programs.

The fund is also used to operate the NSW Pet Registry and carry out responsible pet ownership initiatives.

Click here or more information on annual permit requirements.

Annual Permits – Frequently Asked Questions