Dog registration & payment

Dog and Cats Online

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

Existing dog owners 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.

For current financial year (2017-18) registration renewals or new dog registrations please contact us on 8384 0666.

For more information about the changes, go to

Dog registration requirements

All dogs are required to be registered each year by the 31 August.

Dogs must be registered by 3 months of age or within 14 days of taking ownership.

New dog laws

From 1 July 2018, all dogs in South Australia will be required to be microchipped*. You can access discount $10 microchipping via the ChipBlitz program. Learn more at

Dogs born on or after 1 July 2018 must also be desexed* by 6 months of age.

*exemptions or an extension of time may apply; visit the Dog and Cat Management Board page for information


The Dog and Cat Management Board has put out a news release about microchipping. It addresses the major concern they are getting at the moment, microchipping older dogs and cats, with quotes from 2 vets about the procedure and reason why it is important for older animals to be chipped. It also advises people to talk to the vet if they have specific concerns about their animal, as vets can exempt after 1 July for medical reasons.

PDF icon png Read the news release (510K)

More inforrmation:


Registration fees 2017-18 2018-19*
fee rebate fee rebate
Standard dog
(both desexed and microchipped)
$45.50 35% $41.50 50%
Non-standard dog
(a dog that is not microchipped and desexed, even if exempt from rules around desexing or microchipping i.e. dogs belonging to registered breeders)
$70.00 nil $83.00 nil
Desexed dog $52.50 25%^ $83.00 nil
Microchipped dog $63.00 10%^ $83.00 nil

^ Rebates (end in 2018-19)

Other fees, discounts and concessions 2017-18 2018-19*
Assistance dogs $0.00 $0.00
Racing greyhound $18.00 $19.00
Working livestock dog $18.00 $19.00
Late registration fee $15.00 $15.00
Trained dog discount -$15.00 -$15.00
Concession holders 50% 50%

Too old to be desexed? Transitional arrangement for certain non-desexed dogs:

If your dog is too old to be desexed or cannot be safely desexed for some other reason we will offer $11 off of the 2018-19 non-standard registration renewal fee.

This offer is available to dogs registered prior to 1 July 2018 on presentation of proof from a veterinarian provided before 1 July 2019.  Eligible dogs will retain a discount for life.

Breeder registration

People who breed dogs and cats for sale must register with the Dog and Cat Management Board, visit

Number of dogs

Permission is required to keep more than two dogs at a residential property, or more than three dogs at a rural property. Applications to keep additional dogs can be made to PO Box 1 Noarlunga Centre, or scanned and emailed to Inspection of the premises by a Community Ranger may also be required. 

PDF icon png Application for an extra dog (158K)