Dog Registration & Fees

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New laws for cat and dog owners are now in effect. 

The laws and rules include:

  • Mandatory microchipping of cats and dogs.
  • Desexing of all dogs born after the 1 July 2018.
  • New rules for breeders who sell dogs and cats.
  • Introduction of a state-wide database, called Dogs and Cats Online (DACO).

At 3 months of age dogs are required to be registered and all dogs in South Australia will be required to be microchipped.

From 1 July 2018, Dogs and Cats Online will be the central database for microchipped and registered dogs and cats and annual registration payments.

Dogs and Cats Online will also be the register of breeders.

Existing dog owners and breeders should receive a renewal notice in the mail during July 2018 with their dog’s new lifetime registration disc (replacing the annual disc) and instructions on how to complete their annual dog registration on Dog and Cats Online. If you do not receive a renewal notice for your dog, please contact your council.

Dogs and Cats Online

Visit the Dogs and Cats Online portal for registration and annual registration payment from Sunday 1 July 2018.

New rules for breeders

People who breed dogs and cats for sale after 1 July 2018 must register with the Dog and Cat Management Board as a breeder.

Your breeder registration number must be included in all advertisements for dogs and cats.

There are new requirements to disclose the breeder registration number and other information to the buyer at the point of sale.

All breeders are required to follow the new industry standards and guidelines.

Dog Registration Fees

Valid from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.

Type of Registration Full Registration Concession
Non Standard Dog $85.00 $42.50
Standard Dog (Desexed and Microchipped) $42.50 $21.25
Partial Year Registration* 50% of fee 50% of fee
New Dogs Registered in June (each year) $10.00 $10.00
Greyhounds $20.00 nil
Working Dog $20.00 nil
Guide/Therapeutic Dogs nil nil
Replacement Disc (with or without concession) $10.00 $10.00
Penalty Late Fee** $10.00 $10.00

 * New dogs registered between 1 January and 31 May each Year - 50% of fee.

** Charged if dog is registered after 31 August each year.