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Legislative requirements

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Legislative requirements

This page outlines the legislative requirements in owning a cat, in accordance with the Companion Animals Act 1998 and the Companion Animals Regulation 2008.

  • All cats must be microchipped from the time the cat is 12 weeks old or earlier if they are sold or given away
  • All cats born after 1 July 1999 must be Lifetime Registered by the time they are 6 months of age or when they are sold or given away
  • If your cat was born before 1 July 1999 it must have either a collar and an identification tag or be microchipped – visit this page to order a free engraved pet tag (conditions apply)
  • All cats must wear a collar and identification tag or microchip when outside their property
  • All cats are prohibited from being within 10 metres of a food preparation/consumption areas (meaning any public place, or part of a public place, that is within 10 metres of any apparatus provided in that public place or part for the preparation of food for human consumption or for the consumption of food by humans)
  • All cats are prohibited from Wildlife protection areas (meaning any public place or any part of a public place set apart by the local authority for the protection of wildlife and in which the local authority ordered that cats are prohibited for the purposes of the protection of wildlife and in which, or near the boundaries of which, there are conspicuously exhibited by the local authority at reasonable intervals notices to the effect that cats are prohibited in or on that public place)


Below are examples of common offences under the Companion Animals Act 1998 and the Companion Animals Regulation 2008 encountered by Council, along with their associated penalties.

OffenceOn the spot penaltyLocal Court penalty
Animal not permanently identified (microchipped) Minimum penalty - $165 - $1,320 Maximum penalty - $880 - $5,500
Animal not registered Minimum penalty - $165 - $1,320 Maximum penalty - $880 - $5,500
Cat not wearing identifcation Minimum penalty - $110 Maximum penalty - $880
Owner/person in charge of cat found in a prohibited place Minimum penalty - $110 Maximum penalty - $880
Failure to comply with nuisance cat order Minimum penalty - $165 Maximum penalty - $330 - $880