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It's easy to register your dogs and cats, you do it yourself in Dogs and Cats Online (DACO).  If you need help you can contact Council for assistance. Registration is valid to 30 June annually with renewal notices issued each July to be paid by 31 August.  Late fees apply for payments made after 31 August.

Dogs

All dogs aged three months or over, living on a property for longer than 14 days must be registered with Council. Once you've registered your dog in DACO you will receive a registration notice from Council and a grey plastic tag with your dog's registration number.  You only receive a tag once as your dog's registration number stays with it for life.  You may choose to engrave the registration number on a metal tag with your name and phone number.

Cats

You must register your cat in DACO using its mandatory microchip number.  This is free - Council does not charge a cat registration fee.  Your cats microchip number should be provided to you by your vet, microchip implanter, shelter or breeder.  If you don't have a record of the microchip number contact where you bought or adopted it.  You can also ask us about our scanning service.

Mandatory microchipping and desexing

All dogs and cats must be microchipped by 12 weeks (3 months) of age.  This applies to all dogs and cats unless exempted by a vet.

All dogs and cats born after 1 July 2018 must be desexed by a registered veterinary surgeon before it is 6 months of age; or within 28 days after an owner takes possession of a puppy or kitten.  

Registration renewals

Registered dog owners receive renewal notices each July with simple instructions for renewing directly in Dogs and Cats Online. Registration renewal notices will be sent you SMS or email or post.  You won't be able to renew the registration until you've received your renewal notice as a unique renewal code is required when registering. You can use a computer at the Council's Library or contact us if you need help.  If your renewal notice has not arrived by August contact us on 8397 7313. 

Cat owners who have registered their cat's microchip number in Dogs and Cats Online will receive a notice each July to remind them to log in and check their details are up-to-date.

Registration fees

Council charges an annual registration fee for dogs.  


Dog registration fees 2020-2021

   Concession No Concession

Registration

$38

$76

Microchipped

$35

$70

Desexed

$24

$48

Trained**

$36

$72

Microchipped and desexed

$19

$38

Microchipped and trained**

$32

$64

Desexed and trained**

$22

$44

Microchipped, desexed, trained**

$17

$34

Working Dog

$20

Racing Greyhound

$20

Accredited Assistance Dog

No fee

Assistance Dog in training No fee

Dog Business (1 dog)

$72

Dog Business (2 dogs)

$144

Dog Business (3 dogs)

$216

Dog Business (4 dogs)

$288

Dog Business (5-10 dogs)

$360

Dog Business (11-20 dogs)

$720

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Dogs must have completed Level 2 dog obedience training to be eligible for the training concession.  A copy of the certificate is required to be provided.


Refunds and late fees

If you believe you have been charged an incorrect fee or you have paid twice, please contact Council on 8397 7313.
Refunds on compassionate grounds are offered by Council subject to conditions. The Dog and Cat Management Board retains 24% of dog registration fees and these funds are not available to councils. The maximum amount refundable will be 76% of the fee paid.

  • Where a dog becomes deceased within one month of payment of the registration fee, 76% will be refunded.
  • Where the dog becomes deceased up to 3 months after payment of the registration fee, 57% will be refunded.
  • Where the dog becomes deceased up to 6 months after payment of the registration fee, 38% will be refunded.
  • Where the dog becomes deceased up to 9 months after payment of the registration fee, 19% will be refunded.

To apply for a refund please complete the refund form

A $15 late payment fee will be applied to each dog after 31 August.
If you would like to apply for the late payment fee to be waived please complete the form. Late fees will not be refunded if payment of the registration fee and late fee has been made.


Valid concession cards

  • Pensioner Concession Card
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
  • Health Care Card
  • DVA Health Card (Gold Card)

Update your details 

It is important to keep your details in Dogs and Cats Online up-to-date. Login to Dogs and Cats Online to

  • Update your personal details 
  • Change your address
  • Update your animal's microchipping, desexing or training details
  • Update the status of your animal to lost or deceased if your animal has passed away

Renewing your registration

What you need before you start

  • Renewal notice for 2020/21
  • Desexing, microchipping and training certificates (if you have not previously provided them)
  • Credit card or electronic banking details - if you are unable to pay electronically, please visit Council's Civic Centre to complete the registration renewal - due to COVID restrictions cash payments are not accepted.
    Go to Dogs and Cats Online
  • Select “REGISTER” and  "Renew Registration"
  • Enter your renewal code and Surname - as shown on the renewal notice
  • Check your personal details and update where needed
  • Complete breeder registration (for breeders of dogs or cats for sale after 1 July 2018)
  • Check dog and/or cat details - relevant certificate must be uploaded to verify desexing or microchipping changes 
  • Add any new dogs and/or cats
  • Enter payment details to complete the renewal process
  • Create a Login (your email address is your user name)
    You can also add a new dog to your profile and change the status of your animals (lost, deceased, etc)
    Or
  • Login using your email address and password
  • Select Renew Registration
  • Check your personal details are correct. To modify, select "Update Owner Details"
  • Add your concession details (if applicable)
  • Register as a Breeder (if applicable)
  • Check your animal/s details are correct.  To modify, select "Update or Add Animal"
    You can add desexing or microchipping evidence or update the status of your animal to deceased if your animal has passed away. You can also update the animal status to lost and type a public message with contact details if your animal is lost. 

View the step-by-step video to help guide you through the process


Registering as a new owner

What you need before you start

  • Valid concession card (if applicable)
  • Desexing, microchipping and training certificates
  • Credit card or electronic banking details - if you are unable to pay electronically, please visit Council's Civic Centre to complete the registration - due to COVID restrictions cash payments are not accepted.

Go to Dogs and Cats Online

  1. Select “REGISTER"
  2. Select "register my new animal"
  3. Enter microchip number, desexing ID or transfer code and your surname (select Unknown if you haven't been given these details)
  4. Check if you have an account - if so, select it and proceed without logging in, or continue as a new owner
  5. Enter your details (including concession card details if applicable)
  6. Enter the dog details including microchipping, desexing and training certificates (if applicable) 
  7. Pay for the registration using credit card or BPay
    The Certificate of Registration and tag will be posted. 
    View the step-by-step video to help guide you through the process  

Complete a microchip record

 As a new owner

Go to Dogs and Cats Online

  1.  Login and select "Complete Microchip/Desexing Record"
  2. Select “REGISTER"
  3. I would like to Register my new animal
  4. Enter microchip number, your surname 
  5. Check if you have an account - if so, select it or continue as a new owner
  6. Ensure your details are correct
  7. Pay for the registration using credit card or BPay

Transferring a dog or cat to a new owner

Go to Dogs and Cats Online

  1.  Login and select "Commence ownership transfer"
  2. Select animal to transfer
  3. Select "Initiate transfer"
  4. Enter the new owner's details (including email or mobile number)
  5. Select OK to transfer
  6. Provide Transfer code to new owner
    New owners must be provided the certificate of registration (renewal notice), registration disc last issued and transfer code.

Accepting a transfer

Go to Dogs and Cats Online

  1.  Login and select "Complete ownership transfer"
  2. Enter the transfer code provided by the previous owner
  3. Complete the required information

Breeder/pedigree membership registration

All South Australian breeders and sellers of dogs/cats are required to register with the Dog and Cat Management Board. Their membership registration number must be displayed on advertisements for sale of dogs/cats and the membership registration number is to be provided to all buyers.  

Go to Dogs and Cats Online

  1.  Login and select "Breeder/Pedigree Membership Registration"
  2. Complete the required information
  3. Pay the Breeder registration fee using credit card or BPay

Replacement registration tags

Registration tags are only issued for dogs. Replacement registration tags can be ordered at Dogs and Cats Online for $10.
Or tags can be replaced by engraving the dog registration number on a metal dog disc, badge, tag or other device purchased elsewhere.


Name and address suppression in Dogs and Cats Online website

Name and address suppression enables at-risk dog owners to have their details suppressed within the Dogs and Cats Online website.

Application for name and address suppression in Dogs and Cats Online website 

Dogs and Cats Online suppressed owner information(PDF,39KB)


Access to information in Dogs and Cats Online

Members of the public can apply to the Registrar of Dogs for access to their register.

Application for access to information in Dogs and Cats Online


Number of dogs on property

Council's By-Law 4 - Dogs, limits the number of dogs kept on premises and manages and controls dogs in the Council area.

Apply to keep more than two dogs fees are payable with this application.

By-law No 4(PDF,652KB)

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