Pets & animals

Pets bring great pleasure to many residents and are good for our collective wellbeing.


Information about pet registration and exemptions, reporting lost or found animals, locating off-leash dog parks and the policies or legislation in relation owning pets is provided to encourage responsible pet ownership in our Local Government Area.

Wild animals including bats, possums, and feral cats aren't managed by Council unless the animal has attacked or harmed a person. For all dog attacks, call our Customer Service Team on 1300 581 299 to ensure the matter is promptly referred to Council's Animal Management Contractor who will attend the location immediately. You can report a lost or found animal or any other animal concern online using the link provided.

Annual Permits Required from 1 July 2020

Annual permits for non-desexed cats and restricted and dangerous dogs will be in force from 1 July 2020.

Desexing your cat before 4 months of age;

  • prevents unwanted litters
  • prevents illness and disease
  • prevents straying and spraying
  • reduces harm to our wildlife
  • reduces the burden on animal shelters
  • increases longevity

Desex your cat now and never pay the annual permit.

Annual permits for restricted and dangerous dogs will;

  • reduce ownership of high-risk dogs
  • encourage owners to better manage the behaviour of their animal
  • improve community safety
  • reduce dog attacks

For more information, please check the website of the NSW Office of Local Government.

Selling or Giving Away a Cat or Dog

Advertisements selling or giving away kittens, cats, puppies or dogs, must include an identification number. The identification number can be either:

  • a microchip number
  • a breeder identification number, OR
  • a rehoming organisation number.

This new rule applies regardless of:

  • the age of the animal
  • the place you plan to advertise
  • whether you are a hobby or professional breeder; or your cat or dog has had an accidental or one-off litter
  • whether or not you bred the animal
  • whether or not the animal you are selling or rehoming has been born yet.

Failure to use an identification number, or using a false number for cat or dog for sales can result in an on-the-spot fine or face court, where a maximum penalty of $5,500 applies. For more information, please see the Animal Welfare section of the NSW Department of Primary Industries' website.

Pet Greyhounds

Pet greyhounds are no longer required to be muzzled in public, if they are registered on the NSW Pet Registry. A greyhound still needs to be muzzled in an off-leash area if it has not undergone an approved retraining program.

A greyhound that has completed such a program will continue to wear identifying green collars, or alternatively the person in charge of the animal can carry a 'proof of completion' card.

Fines apply for an unmuzzled greyhound in off-leash areas, if the dog has not undergone an approved retraining program, is not wearing an identifying green collar, or the person in charge of the animal is not carrying a 'proof of completion' card.

Pet Registration

Registering your pet is compulsory and guarantees lifetime registration in New South Wales. Pet microchip records can only be created by a Vet, an authorised microchip implanter or a Council. You can create a user profile to register your pet online with the NSW Pet Registry. Have your driver's license, passport or medicare card handy. Pet owners and breeders with an online profile, can update their details, notify the Pet Registry if your dog or cat is missing, pay registration fees online and register ownership changes.


  • Desexed animal: $58
  • Breeder (recognised) concession: $58
  • Pensioner concession (desexed animal only): $25
  • Pound/shelter animal 50% discount (desexed): $29
  • If the registration fee has not been paid 28 days after the date on which the animal is required to be registered, late fee: $16
  • If the companion animal has not been desexed by the relevant desexing age and is not kept by a recognised breeder for breeding purposes, an additional fee of $152 is payable in addition to the applicable registration fee as listed above

Concessions are available if your pet is desexed or you are an eligible pensioner. 

Exemptions from Pet Registration

The following animals are exempt, under State laws, from registration:

  • Cats born before 1 July 1999 (unless they change owners after that date)
  • A dog used by a Police officer on official duty
  • Cats or dogs kept for a period of less than 3 months in New South Wales
  • A dog used by a Commonwealth officer

To register your pet, it is a simple two-step process:

  1. Visit the Vet to microchip your Pet

    Dogs and cats must be microchipped at 12 weeks old by a Vet or authorised microchip implanter and must not be sold unless microchipped (even if the animal is less than 12 weeks old when it is sold).

  2. Register Online or in Person

    Dogs and cats must be registered at 6 months old. Registration is a one-off process that applies for the life in New South Wales. Registering your pet helps us quickly return your animal to you if it is lost, injured or stolen. To pay online you will need to create a user profile with the NSW Pet Registry

Changing your address

If you have registered your pet previously, you can verify your pet's registration on the Pet Registry website and update your address. You can also download the change of address application form.

Owners of cats and dogs are required to notify Council or update the Pet Registry website when:

  • Any change occurs in the registration information or identification information for the animal (notification required within 14 days)
  • The making or revocation of a declaration by a court that a dog is dangerous or menacing (notification required within 7 days)
  • The animal dies (notification required within 28 days)
  • The animal has been missing for more than 72 hours (notification required within 96 hours)
  • The animal has been found after having been reported missing (notification required within 72 hours)

Off-Leash Dog Exercise Areas

There are 13 off-leash areas where dogs can exercise without a leash, although they must still be under control of a competent person. Council has allocated 13 parks and reserves as off-leash dog exercise areas:  

  • Astrolabe Park, Daceyville
  • Firmstone Reserve, Pagewood
  • Hayden Place in Sir Joseph Banks Park
  • Gaiarine Gardens, Pagewood
  • High Street Reserve, Mascot
  • Sparks Reserve, Mascot
  • Cahill Park, Levey Street and Rockwell Avenue, Wolli Creek
  • Sheppard Street Reserve, Bardwell Valley
  • Kingsgrove Avenue Reserve, 15 Kingsgrove Avenue, Kingsgrove
  • Civic Avenue Reserve (Scarborough Park), Kogarah
  • Frys Reserve, 1 Warialda Street, Kogarah and
  • Fenced portion of Bona Park, 46 Sandringham Street, Sans Souci
  • Off leash beach area at Kyeemagh between 4pm and 10am only

Check the signs at each site for specific times and other regulations, and don’t forget to ‘scoop their poop’.

Please remember that dogs are completely prohibited in the following places, regardless of whether they are leashed or not:

  • Within 10 metres of playgrounds and play equipment
  • Within 10 metres of food outlets, except if the place is in a public thoroughfare (such as a road, footpath or pathway)
  • In bathing areas such as tidal pools, beaches and foreshores
  • Within schools
  • Within child care centres
  • Within shopping arcades or shopping complexes, including parking areas or access to shops
  • Within any area set apart for the protection of wildlife

The Companion Animals Act 1998 makes Local Government responsible for many issues in relation to companion animals. There is also the Companion Animal Regulation 2018 that operates in conjunction with the Companion Animals Act 1998 which also details specific requirements of the legislation. In summary, the Act states and requires that dog owners and carers must comply with the following:

  • A dog in a public place must be under the effective control of a competent person by means of an adequate chain, cord or leash that is attached to the dog and that is being held by (or secured to) the person. The exceptions to this include: dogs secured in a vehicle or in an approved off-leash area;
  • A person is permitted to walk a maximum of 4 dogs at any time in an on-leash or an off- leash area;
  • If a dog defecates in a public place it is an offence not to remove and properly dispose of the faeces;
  • Dangerous dogs and restricted breeds are to be leashed and muzzled at all times;
  • Dogs are prohibited within 10 metres of children’s play areas, food preparation or food consumption areas;
  • Unless permitted, dogs are not allowed in recreation areas, public bathing areas, school grounds, child care centres, shopping areas and wildlife protection areas;
  • Owners remain responsible even if no injury is caused;
  • People in breach of the Act must state their correct name and address to an authorised Council Officer or Police Officer; and
  • Fines and or imprisonment, or seizures, apply for breaches of the Act.

Nuisance Animals


If dogs in your neighbourhood are causing problems or being a nuisance, these are the steps to take:

  • Talk to the dog's owner. The owner may not even be aware of the problem.
  • If you can't agree on a solution to the problem, contact Council on 1300 581 299 to request Council Rangers attend.
  • A Council Ranger will follow up on your complaint and contact you to discuss.
  • Should the problem continue, the ranger can issue a nuisance order to the dog's owner, who may be fined.

A dog is considered a nuisance if the dog:

  • Is habitually at large
  • Makes a noise that persistently occurs or continues to such a degree or extent that it unreasonably interferes with the peace, comfort or convenience of any person in any other premises
  • Repeatedly defecates on property (other than a public place) outside the property on which it is ordinarily kept
  • Repeatedly runs at or chases any person, animal (other than vermin) or vehicle
  • Endangers the health of any person or animal (other than vermin)
  • Repeatedly causes substantial damage to anything outside the property on which it is ordinarily kept.

We encourage you to report dog attacks and other problems, such as owners not following the rules.

Rangers and other Council staff regularly visit local parks, including designated off-leash areas, to make sure pets and people are doing the right thing.

We try to respond quickly to reports of incidents and will investigate and take appropriate action where possible.


Under NSW law, cats unlike dogs, are allowed in public places without being on a leash or under the effective control of a person but prohibited in food preparation and consumption areas (within 10 metres). Rangers cannot simply pick up stray cats – they might be someone's pet and there are strict provisions for the seizure and impounding of a cat.

However, cats that can be identified are considered a nuisance if the cat:

  • Makes a noise that persistently occurs or continues to such a degree or extent that it unreasonably interferes with the peace, comfort or convenience of any person in any other premises
  • Repeatedly damages anything outside the property on which it is ordinarily kept.

Rangers can seize a cat in areas where they are prohibited, such as a wildlife protection area, commercial kitchen, restaurant or café. Rangers can also seize cats that have injured a person or another domestic or native animal.

Notify us if you see a cat in a prohibited area or an attack. Don't encourage stray cats to stay in your area and keep your garbage bin closed. There are many sprays and repellants available on the market to deter cats form frequenting areas where they are unwanted.

Issuing an Order to the owner of a nuisance animal

If a Council Ranger is satisfied that a dog or cat is causing nuisance, they may issue an order to the owner of the animal requiring the owner to prevent the behaviour that is alleged to constitute the nuisance.

The owner has 7 days after the date the notice is given in which to object to the proposed order. An order remains in force for 6 months after it is issued.  Any subsequent fines issued to owners of nuisance animals are substantially higher in value.

If a nuisance is detected and infringements are issued on more than 5 occasions, Council MAY issue the owner of the dog with a Court Attendance Notice.

You can make a complaint about a dog or any other domestic animal online or call us on 1300 581 299.


Pets & animals