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Microchips & Registration

Microchipping and Registration

In NSW, all dogs and cats must be microchipped and registered under the NSW Companion Animals Act 1998. 

The animal must be microchipped before being sold, or by the time it is 12 weeks of age, (which ever happens first) and must be registered at 6 months of age.

To Register

To register your animal, you can come along to the cashier's counter at in the Orange Civic Centre with : 

  • the microchipping details,
  • a certificate to verify desexing (if you have had your pet desexed) and
  • the registration fee.  (Orange City Council has eftpos and credit card facilities).

Registration fees :

Non-desexed Animal $201
Non-desexed Animal - Owned by a Registered Breeder $55 (proof of breeder status is required)
Desexed Animal $55
Desexed Animal -  Owned by a Pensioner $23

*** These fees are for the lifetime of the animal anywhere in NSW.

Change of Registration Details

It is the responsibility of the present owner to notify any changes of address or if the animal is sold or given to a new owner.  Any changes need to be made on the specific form that is available from Council's Customer Service counter or can be dowloaded here.

PDF Icon Change of Address form


PDF Icon Change of Owner Details form


Working Dogs

A working dog is described in the legislation as 'a dog used primarily for the purpose of droving, tending, working or protecting stock, and includes a dog being trained as a working dog'.

Keeping of Restricted Dogs

The Companion Animals Act 1998 classifies certain breeds of dog as 'restricted dogs'. There are strict conditions under which you are permitted to own and keep a restricted dog with penalties of on-the-spot-fines of $1320.00 if you are found in breach of any of the conditions.

The breeds include: Pit bull terriers, Japanese tosas, Argentinian fighting dogs and Brazillian fighting dogs or any cross breed of the breeds mentioned. Refer to the brochure for further information

  Restricted Breeds Brochure (0.9MB)