Do I have to register my dog or cat?

Under the Companion Animals Act, all cats and dogs which are born or change ownership, after 1 July 1999 must be microchipped and registered. Microchipping can be carried out by your vet. For further information on the Companion Animals legislation visit the NSW Office of Local Government's Companion Animals website.

How do I register my dog or cat?

Once your animal is microchipped you are able to apply for lifetime registration. This can be completed at Council’s Customer Service Centre.

When do I have to register my dog or cat?

In accordance with the Companion Animals Act all dogs and cats must be microchipped from 12 weeks or when they are bought, sold, given as gifts or ownership changes.

How much will it cost me to register my dog or cat?

  • Entire cat or dog (undesexed) $192
  • Cat or dog owned by registered breeder $52
  • Desexed cat or dog $52
  • Desexed cat or dog owned by pensioner (aged pension, war widow pension or disability pension) $21

Trained assistance animals have to be microchipped and registered but there is no registration fee.

How do I pay the registration fee?

Registration payment can be made at Council’s Customer Service Centre.

Does Council offer free lifetime registration?

Yes, once your animal is microchipped you are then able to apply for lifetime registration. This can be completed at Council’s Customer Service Centre.

What do I do if I sell my pet, or give it away?

It is the responsibility of the previous owner to advise Council of a change of owner.

What do I do if I change my address?

You need to advise Council in writing, of your change of address. Remember to include your animal's microchip number, your old address and your new address.

How many animals can I have on my property?

As a general rule there are no restrictions on the number of dogs or cats permitted at a property. However, if complaints are received concerning noise or health matters from a particular property, Council has the authority to restrict the number of dogs and cats kept on that property.

In the case of multi-unit dwellings the body corporate may impose restrictions in the keeping of animals.

Are there any off-leash areas for dogs?

Strathfield has two park areas that dogs can be exercised off-leash:

  • Elliott Reserve, located along the Cooks River where it runs from Elliott Street, Belfield (Main Entrance opposite Bark Huts Reserve) to Punchbowl Road. Elliott Reserve links up to the Bay to Bay Walk/Cycleway which runs along the opposite side of the river past Southend Tennis Centre and Ford Park. Note: Dogs are banned in this park when the area contains a circus.
  • Allen Street Reserve is located along Powells Creek at Homebush and is Council's newest leash free area. This area features a fully fenced with 1.3 metre fence and double gates, dog agility equipment, seating and drinking water for dogs. 
  • Please visit the Leash Free Areas section of this website for conditions of using leash free areas.

How do I report a barking dog?

To report a barking dog problem please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 9748 9999 and advise at which property the dog resides and the owner will be advised of his/her responsibilities as a dog owner.

How do I find my lost dog?

To report a lost pet please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 9748 999 with all the particulars regarding your pet. When Council rangers locate a lost dog, it is checked for a microchip. If the dog is microchipped, wherever practicable, the dog will be returned to the owner. Unchipped dogs will be sent to Council’s pound.

What do I do about a stray dog in my street?

To report a stray dog please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 9748 9999.

How do I report a dangerous dog in my street?

To report a dangerous dog please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 9748 9999.

What should I do if I see wasps flying around my neighbourhood?

If the wasps' nest is on private property you will need to contact the NSW Department of Primary Industries on 4577 0600.
 
If it is on Council property, please contact Council's Customer Service Centre on 9748 9999. Details about the exact location of the swarm should be provided along with an approximate length of time the bees have been there. Council will seek to have the bees removed and/or located.

What can I do about a dead animal on the street?

Dead animals found on the road or in a public place should be reported to Council’s Customer Service Centre on 9748 9999.

Please report the location of the animal and the dead animal will be removed as soon as possible.

Please note that Council does not remove dead animals from roads managed by the Roads and Maritime Services (former RTA) and requests should be referred to that authority by telephoning 9831 0911.