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Keeping a Dog


Dog registration

Responsible pet owners microchip and register their dog or cat and ensure that their contact details are up to date.

You can now update your contact details on the new NSW Pet Registry. If your dog or cat is lost, up to date contact details are the best way to bring your pet home.

For details on microchipping and registration, visit the NSW Office of Local Government website. 


If you live in NSW or have moved to NSW and are going to be here for three months or more, you must have your cat or dog microchipped (if this has not already been done), entered on the NSW Companion Animals Register and lifetime registered with Council. This must occur within three months of moving to NSW.

Your responsibilities as a dog owner

You should ensure your dog is healthy, safe and properly cared for. Find out what cat and dog regulations you need to follow.
Your responsibilities as a dog owner are to:

  • register your dog within 12 weeks of age or before being sold or given away, whichever happens first
  • walk your dog on a lead when in a public place, except in off-leash areas
  • keep your dog quiet
  • keep your dog in your yard
  • prevent your dog attacking or frightening people or animals
  • pick up after your dog when it is in a public place
  • microchip your dog and update your details when you move or pass on your dog

Fencing and shelter

A part of caring for your dog is ensuring that it has a safe, secure environment in which to live. Constructing an adequate fence around your property protects both your dog and your neighbourhood. Remember, this is a Council requirement. Failure to provide adequate confinement could result in a fine.

If your dog sleeps outside, ensure it has a covered shelter to protect it from wind, sun and rain and that it has warm bedding for winter.

Loud noises during thunder storms and fireworks can scare your dog, causing it to run away from home.

If your dog is scared of loud noises, Council recommends the following:

  • place your dog in a safe room/enclosed area
  • take your dog to another home where the noise won’t be heard 
  • don’t tie your dog up in the yard as it may injure itself trying to get free
  • try not to comfort your dog during storms or fireworks as it reinforces its fear
  • ensure your dog is registered and is wearing its registration tag in case it flees in fright
Last modified: 23 Sep 2021