Animals and Pets

Cats and dogs are more than just household pets, to many residents they are part of the family providing companionship and affection.

Council is committed to ensuring your beloved pet can enjoy the outdoors safely by providing dog off leash areas in Grant Park, Enfield and Blair Park, Croydon.

Registering your pet

Owners are responsible for registering, microchipping and de-sexing their cat or dog by the age of 5 months under State legislation.

You can register your pet at our Customer Service Centre which will help us identify you as the owner if your animal goes missing.

Council can accept applications for registration of animals from any member of the public regardless of which 'Local Government Area' you live in. For example, if you live in Penrith and work in Burwood, you are able to register your animal during your lunch break at Burwood Council.

When applying for registration you must ensure that your pet has already been microchipped. Please bring along a copy of the microchip form along with a copy of the Certificate of Sterilsation.

Other information may also be required such as:

  •  If the Animal Owner is a 'Registered Breeder', a copy of their membership of a 'Breeder's Club'
  •  If a 'Nuisance Animal' or 'Dangerous Animal' Order exists, a copy of that document, showing date of currency and expiry
  •  If the animal is an 'Assistance Animal' evidence of 'Assistance Animal Registration'.

The following registration fees are applicable:

  •  Entire Animal: $192.00
  •  Desexed Animal: $52.00
  •  Desexed Animal owned by a Pensioner: $21.00
  •  Animals owned by a Registered Breeder: $52.00


Impounded animals

If your pet has been impounded, you are required to do the following under State legislation before you can collect your pet from the pound:

  •   Pay the Impounding fees
  •   Have your animal Microchipped by an authorised 'Identifier' (vet) - approx. $40.00 - (if not already 'chipped')
  •   Register your animal for life

Should you fail to comply with the above, you will be in breach of the Companion Animals Act and liable for a fine.

If you would like to download any of our Fact Sheets or Documents relating to animals relevant to the Burwood area, please scroll to the bottom of the page. For further information on any of the topics covered in the Documents, please contact Burwood Council on (02) 9911 9911

Animals Defecating in Public Area

Council works hard to keep our streets and parks as clean as possible. Council’s Law Enforcement Officers will take action against any party that is found breaching any legislative provisions especially environmental matters such as defecation offences. Please advise Council if you are aware of any dog owner allowing this practise to occur and Council’s Law Enforcement Officers will take appropriate action.


Animal Registration, Animals and Pets
  • Register your cat or dog online and give them the best chance of being returned home.

    Wed, 24 October 2018
  • NSW Pet Registry: Frequently Asked Questions

    Wed, 24 October 2018
  • This form is to be used by local councils and other registration agents under the Companion Animals Act 1998.

    Thu, 30 January 2014
  • There may be public concern regarding individual dogs which pose a threat to the safety of the public, particularly when a dog has a history of attacking, or attempting to attack people. In circumstances where a dog attack is subject to a court hearing as a result of charges being laid against the owner of a dog, the Court Magistrate may decide to declare that dog as a ‘dangerous dog’...

    Sun, 01 February 2009
  • Pigeons are permitted in the Burwood Council area under strict guidelines. Please take note of the information, to ensure the health and safety of all residents...

    Sun, 01 February 2009
  • Change of Owner  (543 KB)

    Please use this form to change the ownership of your cat or dog. There is no fee to change ownership details...

    Thu, 01 January 2009
  • Dog off Leash Areas  (609 KB)

    A map detailing areas where Dogs are permitted off-leash

    Thu, 01 January 2009
  • Micro-chippings are recognised as the most effective and secure way of permanently identifying a pet. The technology to micro-chip has been around since 1989 and since then approximately 1.5 million dogs and cats have been micro-chipped...

    Thu, 01 January 2009
  • Enclosure requirements for restricted and dangerous dogs as prescribed by the regulations...

    Thu, 01 January 2009