Pet registrations

Dog & Cat Ownership

New laws for cat and dog owners and breeders have been introduced in South Australia including:

  • The compulsory desexing of all dogs and cats born after 1 July 2018

  • Compulsory microchipping of all dogs and cats irrespective of their date of birth.

For more information visit

Dogs and Cats Online

For a handy overview of the changes that may affect you, download the Dog and cat reforms fact sheet(PDF, 86KB).

The City of Unley has also developed the Animal Management Plan 2016-20(PDF, 1MB). This plan is a requirement of the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 and its purpose is to guide the City of Unley's management of dogs and cats from 2016-2020.

*Cats do not need to be registered in the Unley Council area however microchipping details will need to be recorded in Dogs and Cats Online.

Responsible Dog Ownership

Dogs are wonderful companions and many are great family pets - but owning a dog brings with it responsibilities.

Dog Training

The City of Unley offers 20% off dog registrations for dogs who have been trained to Level 2 Standard by a qualified obedience trainer. Submit your certificate of training online at Dogs and Cats Online for the discount to apply.

To book into training classes, consider contacting Positive Dog Training - they run classes at Page Park in Clarence Park and on the Village Green in Unley.

For information, session times and to determine the most suitable training method for your dog:

Visit Positive Dog Training

or phone the trainer on 0418 886 698.

Prescribed Breeds

Under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 special conditions apply to owing the following dogs:

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Fila Braziliero
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentina
  • Presa Canario.

Under these conditions the dog must:

  • Be desexed
  • Be muzzled
  • Be on a lead of no longer than 2m in length when in a public place.

Any offences accredited to these breeds attract higher penalties than for other dogs.

Prescribed Limits

The prescribed number of dogs per premise is two.

Under By-Law No 5 Dogs (Part 2 Limits on Dog Numbers), keeping more than the prescribed number of dogs requires our approval.

To keep more than the prescribed number of dogs, please submit the following form.

Application to keep more than the prescribed number of dogs(PDF, 125KB)

Application to keep more than the prescribed number of dogs

If you wish to keep more than the prescribed number of dogs, you must apply for a permit.

Permit applications are subject to a fee as determined by Council's Fees and Charges(PDF, 2MB).

On receipt of an application the Council's General Inspector's may undertake an inspection of the subject premises. The purpose of the inspection is to educate the applicant about responsible dog ownership and to determine the suitability of the premises to keep more than the prescribed number of dogs.

Council may also make contact with adjoining neighbours to ascertain their position on the matter.

All approvals are subject to conditions including:

  • Housing and exercise areas must be provided appropriate to the size and breed of the dogs.
  • The dogs are kept for family enjoyment as part of the domestic activity (dogs kept as a business require Development Approval).
  • Owners undertake to reduce the number of dogs over time to the prescribed limit.
  • The property at which the dogs are kept is to be maintained in a sanitary condition at all times.
  • The dogs must not become a nuisance to other residents or the general public.
  • Registration of the dogs must be maintained at all times.
  • That the City of Unley be notified within 14 days if the permit holder or dog(s) move.

Where a permit holder or dog(s) move premises an application to vary the permit is required. Permit Variation Applications are subject to a fee as determined by Council's Fees and Charges(PDF, 2MB) .

We may at any time vary or revoke this permit in accordance with By-Law 1 - Permits and Penalties.

Application to keep more than the prescribed number of dogs(PDF, 124KB) (PDF, 125KB)

Permit Variation Application(PDF, 130KB)

Picking up After Your Dog

Dog faeces are a serious litter issue with wide ranging impacts on amenity, health and the environment. Dog faeces carry harmful bacteria and nutrients. When waste makes its way via stormwater drains into creeks, rivers and beaches, it can create unsafe pollution.

By cleaning up after your dog and using a leash when out walking, you can assist in preserving public open space privileges for both owners and their dogs.

Most City of Unley parks have dispenser bags available for your use. Please note these bags are not compostable so dispose of them in the provided litter bins, or in your general waste bin at home.

Compostable dog bags and holders are available for purchase from Council. Compostable dog bags can be disposed of in your green organics bin.

Under the City of Unley By-law 5, no person is to allow a dog under that person’s control, charge or authority to be in a public place or on local government land unless that person has in their possession a bag or other suitable container for collection and lawful disposal of any faeces that the dog may deposit for the purpose of complying with their obligation under section 45A(6) of the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995.

Simple tips to reduce barking

  • Do not reward your dog for barking too much. Instead, reward the dog when it is quiet.

  • If your dog is barking at people or noises on the other side of a fence, move the dog to another part of the yard, or put up a barrier to keep the dog away from that area.

  • If your dog barks at regular disturbances such as children walking to school or rubbish trucks, keep the dog inside or in an enclosed area at these times.

  • If your dog runs along a path or fence barking at passing distractions, put barriers or obstacles in the dog's way to slow it down.

  • Ensure your dog has adequate exercise and obedience training.

  • If you have a large back yard, enclosing your dog in a smaller area to allow it to relax and wait for your return, will allow your dog to believe looking after the place is not its responsibility when you are not home. This can be very stressful to dogs as they also like to rest.

  • Ensure your dog has comfortable shelter, bed or kennel where it likes to sleep rather than guard the property. Make sure that your dog has food, water and shelter from the weather.

  • If your dog is barking through gaps and cracks in the fence, fill them in.

  • If your dog is barking at people it can see passing by, try blocking the dog's view.

  • Teach your dog to stop barking on command. When the dog is barking give a firm command such as 'cease' and call the dog to you. Praise the dog when it stops barking. If the dog will not listen to you, it will need obedience training.

  • Visit the Dog and Cat Management Board for a fact sheet on excessive barking.

  • Visit the Animal Welfare League or phone the League on 8348 1300.

  • Visit the RSPCA or phone the RSPCA on 1300 477 722.


Dog Registrations

Dog registration is mandatory in South Australia.  All dogs must be registered at 12 weeks of age or within 14 days of ownership. 

Dogs and Cats Online

Dogs and Cats Online is a one-stop online service for all registration payments, microchipping and breeder information. It has replaced 68 individual Council dog registers and serves as a single online database that is accessible 24/7 for registration, microchipping and breeder information.

Renewing your dog's registration

You will receive your dog registration renewal by your preferred method of delivery, either email, SMS or post, with your renewal code. The renewal code needs to be entered into Dogs and Cats Online
Once you check your details are correct and enter in any concession, information for the dog registration and the fee will be automatically calculated. You may then proceed to pay your dog registration.

If you have not received your registration renewal notice please contact Council on 8372 5111 or log into Dogs and Cats Online to download your current renewal notice.

Renew your dog's registration


Registering a new dog

If you obtain a dog older than three months of age, then you have 14 days in which to register the dog.  It doesn’t matter at what time of year your first registration is done. 

To register your new dog please log onto Dogs and Cats Online. When registering your new dog, please ensure that you have with you:

  • An email address (for online access)
  • Driver's license
  • Any concession cards (your card number will be automatically validated upon entry)
  • Microchip number (15 digits)
  • Desexing Certificate
  • Training Certificate (completed level 2, authorised by a recognised trainer).

Register your new dog