Cat owners who have not desexed their animal by the age of four months will be required to pay an $80 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.

The new permit system, aimed at curbing irresponsible pet ownership, comes into effect across NSW on July 1.

Meanwhile, dog owners of restricted breeds must now pay a $195 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.

The NSW Government has launched the new annual permit system for non-desexed cats and restricted and dangerous dogs to improve animal welfare standards across the state.

A new permit system for pet owners comes into effect on July 1.

Under the NSW government’s changes to the Companion Animal Act, owners of cats not desexed by four months of age will be required to obtain an $80 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.

There are exemptions for cats kept for breeding purposes by members of recognised breeding bodies, and cats which cannot be desexed for medical reasons.

Owners of restricted dog breeds or canines declared as dangerous that are already registered will have to pay $195 for an annual permit, on top of the usual registration fee.

Restricted dog breeds include the pit bull terrier, American pit bull terrier, Japanese tosa, Argentinian fighting dog, Brazilian fighting dog, and canary mastiff.

Local pet owners can pay for the annual permits using the NSW Pet Registry website.

Fees will go directly to the Companion Animals Fund, which pays for companion animal management by local councils including pounds/shelters, ranger services, dog recreation areas, and education and awareness programs.

The fund is also used to operate the NSW Pet Registry and carry out responsible pet ownership initiatives.

You can pay for annual permits on the NSW Pet Registry website.