Introduction of Annual Permits

Annual permits grace period

The NSW Government has granted a 12-month grace period for the introduction of annual permits for owners of non-de-sexed cats and dangerous and restricted dogs to allow pet owners more time to prepare for the change.

This means that from 1 July 2020 owners of cats not de-sexed by four months of age will be required to pay an $80 annual permit in addition to the one-off lifetime pet registration fee.

This will create a stronger incentive to de-sex cats, improve health and wellbeing of pets, lower demand on pounds, reduce euthanasia rates, and help to address concerns about feral, stray and roaming cats.

Exemptions will be in place for cats that are registered by 1 July 2020 and for cats kept for breeding purposes by members of recognised breeding bodies.

Also from 1 July 2020 owners of dogs of a restricted breed or declared to be dangerous will be required to pay a $195 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.

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

The 12-month grace period will allow for education and awareness activities to inform the many pet owners across the state to be affected by annual permits.

In the case of cats, it will also provide time for owners to ensure their pets are desexed, not only delivering health and lifestyle benefits to their animal, but enabling them to avoid having to pay the annual permit. This includes the many people who will welcome a new kitten into their homes during the forthcoming spring breeding season.

In relation to dogs, owners can use the time to better manage the behaviour of their animals and, if appropriate, request that their local council review their dangerous dog declaration. Owners must ensure their dog undergoes appropriate behavioural training as part of any review.