Pets, Livestock and Pests

All animals kept in the Adelaide Hills Council district must be managed in a healthy and considered way. To help you do this, Council issues guidelines for animal management. Our planning staff, Ranger Services and Environmental Health Officers are all involved in various aspects of animal management.

Council's Animal Management Plan 2018-22 outlines strategies for the management of dogs and cats as required of Councils under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995, as well as other animals of significance to the Adelaide Hills community.

New laws for cats and dogs
The new South Australian laws for cat and dog owners and breeders are designed to improve cat and dog management and welfare. There are two key changes that may affect cat and dog owners. From 1 July 2018:

  • Microchipping is compulsory for all dogs and cats over a certain age
  • Desexing is compulsory for all dogs and cats born after 1 July 2018 (exemptions exist for working dogs, registered breeders etc)

Dog and cat owners can register their pets on a new, state-wide website called Dogs and Cats Online (DACO). More about this on our dogs and cats pages.

Click here to read more from the Dog and Cat Board about these reforms.

Lost Dogs 
To report your dog as lost, please contact our office on (08) 8408 0400. Details of your dog's breed, appearance, and name will be entered into the Lost Dog Register, along with your details so you can be contacted if the dog is found wandering at large.

Please also check our impounded dog page to identify whether your dog may already be in our care.

There are guidelines about dwellings for keeping domestic poultry, including chickens, geese, turkeys, and ducks, including details of dwelling structure and position in relation to roads and other properties. Furthermore, Adelaide Hills Council recommends residents in townships refrain from keeping roosters due to their noise disruptions.

Click here for a fact sheet about keeping poultry in the Adelaide Hills.

Other Livestock
If you are thinking about keeping any livestock in a domestic residential area, for commercial purposes or as a hobby farm, please contact our planning staff on (08) 8408 0400 or

Native Wildlife
Wild animals are usually best left alone, however an injured animal may be helped. Specialist advice and assistance should be sought from Fauna Rescue SA.

There are a number of pests present in the Adelaide Hills including bats, rats and mice, mosquitos, and the very serious European Wasp. See our page on pests for recommendations on how to manage these.

Feral Animals
Several introduced animals pose significant threats to biodiversity across the Adelaide Hills region. See our page on feral animals for more information about these species.

Council acknowledges that we conduct our business on the traditional lands and waters of the Peramangk and Kaurna people. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging as the Custodians of this ancient and beautiful land.
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