Dog and cat registration now due

Dog registration is due from 1 July till 31 August 2021. All dogs must be registered once they reach three months of age. It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that their dog(s) are registered each year. A late registration fee of $18.00 will be incurred after 31 August. Click here to see our current registration fees 2021-22.

Resident Cats 
It is now compulsory for cat owners to microchip their pets. 

South Australian law requires all cats to be microchipped by 12 weeks of age, and for all cats born after 1 July 2018 to be desexed by 6 months of age. Exemptions apply for registered breeders etc. 

Cat registration on Dogs and Cats Online
Amendments to the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 require all cat microchip details to be entered onto Dogs and Cats Online regardless of whether council have a cat by-law requiring cat registration or not.

Any cats that are microchipped will automatically be registered by the relevant vet/microchipper onto the State's Dog and Cats Online (DACO) register so that if found, they can be returned to their owners. Existing microchip details on national registers have not been brought across into DACO so cat owners need to enter their cat microchip details into DACO manually. All cat owners have an ongoing obligation to keep and update microchip information about their cat(s) in DACO.

Council does not currently charge an annual registration fee for cats.

Click here for more information about cats and microchipping.

How do I register my dog(s)?

Visit the Dog and Cats Online (DACO) portal and follow the online registration instructions.

​If renewing an existing registration, you will need to enter the unique code received with your renewal notice; you cannot renew your registration until you receive your unique code. You will also require:

  • An email address (if you don't have an email address, you will need to attend a Council office to register your dog)
  • Your driver's licence number
  • Any concession cards
  • Certificate of microchipping/desexing if your dog was microchipped/desexed prior to 1 July 2018 (microchipping has been mandatory since 1 July 2018)
The animal registration record attached to this number will contain information about:
  • The breeder of the dog
  • Microchip status and who microchipped the dog
  • Desexing status and who desexed the dog
  • Control orders placed on the dog
  • Historical information about the dog
By providing this information, it will make it easier for Rangers to locate owners of found dogs, for owners to transfer registration if they move house or change owners, and ensure potential ill practices can be identified. There will still be an annual registration fee for your dog. 

Moreover, using a life-time disc will reduce up to 600kg of landfill waste per year generated by replacement of annual plastic tags. However, if your plastic dic is damanged or last, you can request a replacement online.

In the unfortunate event your dog passes away, please contact Council and inform us. We will then advise you of the actions to take.

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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